schools will work with volunteers and businesses and design
cable runs in each school. Each school will receive a NetDay
kit containing cable and other materials; you'll need
to bring other tools and supplies on NetDay. See the NetDay
Web site for more information on ordering
kits and sponsoring schools.
NetDay, you'll work in three parts. First, you'll run the
cables from a central point to
the schoolrooms (five classrooms and library or computer
lab). Second, you'll mount wall jacks and wire the schoolroom
ends of the cables into the jacks. Third, you'll wire one
end of each cable to a kind of "switchboard" called a patch
panel. After you've installed the cable, a professional
will test it.
The computers and server are not part of NetDay.
NetDay is just for putting wiring in place so that computers
can be connected to each other afterwards. Your school
must get separate funding for buying and installing computers.
NetDay, students and teachers will be able to plug computers
into the jacks. The patch panel you install will make it
possible for a technician to connect those computers to
each other (forming a local network)
and to the outside (linking to the Internet or
other wide area network).
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