Airport Network Infrastructure

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Proposed structure and hardware for IAC Airport facility, specifically for PITAS accelerator area.


External network access will be routed through a small Atom-based Linux server box which will handle floating and static IP DHCP requests.

  • Server box has 2 network interfaces, 1 10/100 Fast Ethernet, 1 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
  • External network will be connected to Fast Ethernet interface
  • Internal network will be connected to Gigabit Ethernet interface

Internal network will be split into two zones:

  • Control
  • Accelerator

Internal network interface will be uplink for the Control network.

Control network machines will be served by a Dell PowerConnect 5324 24-port Gigabit managed switch. This switch will have a fiber transceiver installed, providing electrical isolation for connection to the Accelerator network. Fiber will be 1000Base-SX with SC connectors.

Accelerator network will be connected to the Control network via a TRENDnet Fiber Converter, which will serve as uplink for the Netgear ProSafe 16-port Gigabit unmanaged switch. All Accelerator network machines will be serviced by that switch.


Proposed networking and server hardware is listed below, with itemized price breakdowns.

Total Implementation Cost: $817 before shipping


  • Dell PowerConnect 5324 Gigabit Managed 24-port Ethernet Switch w/Fiber SFP ports (On hand)
  • SFP Fiber Transceiver (1000Base-SX SC) - ACP SFPGE-11-AOK newegg - $45
  • Netgear ProSafe GS116 Gigabit Unmanaged 16-port Ethernet Switch newegg - $155
  • TRENDnet TFC-1000MSC Multi-Mode Fiber Converter newegg - $132
  • 100M multimode fiber cable cables for less - $99


Server Hardware Cost: ~$335 before shipping (without the UPS low enough not to get inventory involved).