RUNNING HEAD: NETWORKING SYSTEMS
Networking Systems at Riordan Manufacturing
Riordan Manufacturing is a global plastics manufacturer that has plants and offices located in Albany, Georgia, Pontiac, Michigan, Hangzhou, China and its headquarters in San Jose, California. Some of their products include plastic bottles, fans, heart valves, and medical stints. Maria Trinh, requester for Riordan, is looking for recommendations for system improvements involving the current phone and data networks for all locations of Riordan. The objective is to recommend improvements ...view middle of the document...
In addition, a VoIP/Data Router translates the messages from the satellite base station.
The company implements standard methods of communication systems, in which there is a source, a medium, and a receiver. Different combinations of these components are used. For example, the receiver or sender can be a personal computer or a telephone. The company’s T-1 circuit, which is routed out from the 100 Base T Ethernet network, combines twenty-four digital voice lines and is capable of transmitting data at 1,544,000 bps.
Advantages and Disadvantages
One of the advantages to the current configuration of telecommunications systems at Riordan Manufacturing is the company’s access to VoIP services. For example, the distant location in China makes long-distance communications necessary. VoIP provides low-cost transmissions between computers using the Internet, as opposed to traditional phone lines. Another advantage of implementing VoIP is the portability that it provides. The company is doing the right thing by still having traditional phone lines open for communication. For example, VoIP would not be reliable during a power outage. Therefore, we recommend that the company only use VoIP as a luxurious extension of the more reliable communication systems. A popular disadvantage of using VoIP is that the user must have broadband access. However, this is not an issue for the Riordan Manufacturing.
Recommendations and Benefits
The Hangzhou location has 0.16 phones per employee. The San Jose location has 0.28 phones per employee. Considering the company’s current level of financial success, we recommend that more standard telephones be installed on the premises of all the locations. The relatively large size of Riordan Manufacturing justifies leasing a T-1 line. However, the company should consider the price per month to lease the line, which is approximately $2,000. Although the company regularly transmits large amounts of data across the network, we do not recommend upgrading to a T-2 or T-3 circuit. The current T-1 line is sufficient for the company’s business needs. There is no indication how many cellular phones are in use by employees for business purposes. We recommend that the company provide cellular services to employees, especially the ones that travel abroad or to the location in China.
We recommend that the company continue to use and grow their VoIP systems. Globalization is a big factor is choosing VoIP development. With Riordan Manufacturing being the leading plastic producer in the industry, VoIP is the way to go. Along with low cost and portability, VoIP offers the option of video-conferencing. As with any Internet-based communication, security should be a priority. In contrast to traditional phone communications, the security of the call can be compromised by other means than intercepting the physical telephone line. The risk is in sending unencrypted packets of sensitive data through a...