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TWO Site Evaluation. General. Wired network connection currently required No wireless to laptops or printers Recommended configuration Our router connected to Internet Port Network printer and laptops connected to router or (one or more) Ethernet switches. First Steps.

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Two site evaluation

TWO Site Evaluation


General

General

  • Wired network connection currently required

    • No wireless to laptops or printers

  • Recommended configuration

    • Our router connected to Internet Port

    • Network printer and laptops connected to router or (one or more) Ethernet switches


First steps

First Steps

  • Is Internet connectivity available at site?

    • Wired or wireless?

  • Is Internet connectivity available where we work?

    • If not, can we relocate or have made available?

    • Is connectivity wired?

      • If not, can wire be run for us

  • Do we have or can we obtain permission for use?

    • From Site contact

    • From Network Manager

      • Central Control – Multiple Sites

      • Town network

      • Stand alone


Permission

Permission

  • Site contact

    • Probably easiest to get permission from

      • They want our service

    • Can direct to Network Manager

      • Person they call if there is a problem

  • Network Manager

    • Protective of their system

      • With good cause – can encompass emergency services

    • Anxious to help

      • Once assured their network not in danger

      • Can and often will suggest alternatives


What to tell the site network manager

What to tell the site & network manager

  • Considering using an on-line version of tax software for enhanced security of taxpayer data

  • See Appendix 1 of TWO Site Evaluation document for further details


Issues solutions

Issues/Solutions

  • Public versus Private

    • Most areas have both

    • Private is the one to be most careful of

    • We can use public

  • Wired versus Wireless

    • Again, most areas have both

    • We need a wired connection

    • Cabling

      • Avoid running cabling through overhead unless done in accordance with building codes

      • Network manager can usually suggest and arrange

        • Building codes, work orders, etc

  • Start early – lead time can be surprising!


Internet speed reliability

Internet Speed/Reliability

  • Equipment required

    • Laptop with speed test link on desktop

    • 14’ Ethernet cable


Internet speed reliability1

Internet Speed/Reliability

1) Connect computer directly to Ethernet port

a) Run: cmd/ipconfig

Record the site assigned IPv4 Address in the Site DCHP Column

b) http://speedtest.taxwise.com/

Run test several times – record average in the Tax Aide Speed column

c) http://www.speedtest.net/

Select a city near your location

i. Record the ISP Address in the WAN Address column

ii.Record the Download Speed in the Site Ethernet Speed column

2) Inquire about Ethernet reliability, access requirements [login, password, library card, etc.] and session time limits. Determine if there are work-arounds for restrictions. Record reliability in the Reliability column and Workarounds in the Comments column

a) Record restrictions (access, etc) in the Quirks column


Internet speed reliability2

Internet Speed/Reliability


Internet speed reliability results

Internet Speed/Reliability Results


Internet speed reliability3

Internet Speed/Reliability

1) Connect computer directly to Ethernet port

a) Run: cmd/ipconfig

Record the site assigned IPv4 Address in the Site DCHP Column

b) http://speedtest.taxwise.com/

Run test several times – record average in the Tax Aide Speed column

c) http://www.speedtest.net/

Select a city near your location

i. Record the ISP Address in the WAN Address column

ii. Record the Download Speed in the Site Ethernet Speed column

2) Inquire about Ethernet reliability, access requirements [login, password, library card, etc.] and session time limits. Determine if there are work-arounds for restrictions. Record reliability in the Reliability column and Workarounds in the Comments column

a) Record restrictions (access, etc) in the Quirks column


Internet speed reliability4

Internet Speed/Reliability


Internet speed reliability results1

Internet Speed/Reliability Results


Internet speed reliability5

Internet Speed/Reliability

1) Connect computer directly to Ethernet port

a) Run: cmd/ipconfig

Record the site assigned IPv4 Address in the Site DCHP Column

b) http://speedtest.taxwise.com/

Run test several times – record average in the Tax Aide Speed column

c) http://www.speedtest.net/

Select a city near your location

i. Record the ISP Address in the WAN Address column

ii. Record the Download Speed in the Site Ethernet Speed column

2) Inquire about Ethernet reliability, access requirements [login, password, library card, etc.] and session time limits. Determine if there are work-arounds for restrictions. Record reliability in the Reliability column and Workarounds in the Comments column

a) Record restrictions (access, etc) in the Quirks column


Internet speed reliability6

Internet Speed/Reliability

Step 1C ii

Step 1C I


Internet speed reliability results2

Internet Speed/Reliability Results


Internet speed reliability7

Internet Speed/Reliability

1) Connect computer directly to Ethernet port

A) Run: cmd/ipconfig

Record the site assigned IPv4 Address in the Site DCHP Column

B) http://speedtest.taxwise.com/

Run test several times – record average in the Tax Aide Speed column

C) http://www.speedtest.net/

Select a city near your location

i. Record the ISP Address in the WAN Address column

ii. Record the Download Speed in the Site Ethernet Speed column

2) Inquire about Ethernet reliability, access requirements [login, password, library card, etc.] and session time limits. Determine if there are work-arounds for restrictions. Record reliability in the Reliability column and Workarounds in the Comments column

a) Record restrictions (access, etc) in the Quirks column


Internet speed reliability results3

Internet Speed/Reliability Results


Internet speed reliability results4

Internet Speed/Reliability Results


Internet speed reliability8

Internet Speed/Reliability

  • If speed is acceptable (at least 800 kb/s), determine location of equipment and estimate number and length of cables required.

    • While some were less, most Morris County was at least 5Mb/s

    • Keep safety for both EFC’s and clients in mind when planning cable requirements

    • Don’t forget

      • Cabling from router to Internet

      • Cabling from router to switch(es)

      • Cabling from network printer to router (or switch)


Wrap up

Wrap Up

  • Can’t start too early

    • Now would be good!

    • Will have issues with permissions and wiring

      • Resolution can be found but takes time

        • Sites will have to deal with work orders, building codes, etc.

      • Morris County started in September and still had 3 sites incomplete mid January

  • Permissions and wiring are the difficult part

  • Testing, while important, is not time consuming

    • Remember to test before and after any wiring is done

  • Allow enough lead time to obtain routers, switches and cables


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