External telephony and data at an external site.
I hoping if someone could provide some advice for me for the following setup.
Our school has just leased an office block which we are hoping to provide data and telephone access. This office block is about a quarter of a mile from the school so its not very far. From the roof of our building we can see the office block.
I just wanted to know what options we have if require data and telephone points which link into our existing network or would we be better looking at an alternative solution or even having it as a separate entity.
A few ways we have looked at this, as the distance is small we maybe could do a wireless link across both of the sites (wireless Point to point bridge) which will do both our data and telephony or we could extend our leased line provided by link2ict/service birmingham across the second site but i think this would be the more expensive option.
Just wanted to get an independent opinion really on how best we could do this and what would be the most cost effective way. Some staff who use our network would require full access to our network there so I am thinking the best option would be to extend this across using this bridge link or something similar. A cheap and possible horrible way of doing this could be to use our VPN which could work as well but the issue with that is if our vpn server fails, they would lose connection to network on that site and for large data I'm not sure VPN would be adequate and that would fufill our network requirements.
On the telephony side as a school we have a centrex system and if we require further telephone ports around school i usually have this patched via a patch panel rather than an individual socket so as and when staff move offices we can patch in the correct telephone number to the correct port. Staff do move around a lot with regards to office moves so need a flexible solution rather than paying a telecommunication company every time we require a socket moved. I am happy with doing this at the other site but not sure what this involves. Ideally we would like it linked into our existing infrastructure as we qualify for free local numbers but then it would give us the opportunity to maybe look at voip in the near future.
Or as its a new building would I be better off looking at a whole WIFI voip phone system if we go with a wireless bridge option?
I would be interested in knowing what peoples thoughts are about this. I just a bit worried if we put in a centrex system at this new site and a fibre leased line it would be of a high cost and in terms of building i think we would be going backwards rather than forwards.
Any advice on this is much appreciated.:-)