A Networking Alternative

We need to get computers in several remote portables on the school network. I'm told that wireless is not an option and the budget just won't handle a big expense. Are there any other options to trenching to run cable?

There is an alternative that might work for you. Ask your IT technician to research Ethernet bridges. These devices, some priced as low as $75 each, enable you to use the existing electrical system to set up a network. Multiple bridges are required, but are much less expensive than other alternatives. The technology is relatively new, and not without some problems, but if your electrical system is up to it, this may be a viable alternative to laying cable.

Submitted by: Susan Brooks-Young

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