We are a medical research/teaching department in London. We currently use a very underpowered and overused Apple Mac as a fileserver on a 10/100 Cat5 network. We are also currently midway through an installation project building new labs and offices that will include some money for IT facilities.
The B2000 supports 10/100/1000 copper connections for the NIC cards you referenced. You would normally use fiber rather than copper for longer distances or in an RF noisy environment. Eleven meters isn't a very long distance so copper would be ok from a distance requirement. The only question is how noisy is the environment? What other interference sources are there? If it is a typical office environment, you shouldn't have a problem with copper. You will need to judge based on your specific environment. There is an option to get the Alacritech TCP/IP accelerator NIC cards for the B2000 either in copper of fiber. It may cost a little more but will give you a significant performance boost.
Evaluator Group, Inc.
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