I've been asked to research into providing networking links for around 16 machines, which will be providing access for a group of small companies which will become part of a co-working space.
I have a reasonable experience setting up small networks - and feel I'd be able to help, but I'd like to find out about any specific pitfalls I should consider prior to commencing the project.
The main purpose of the network will be to share the building's broadband access, providing access to each client's machine.
If would be nice to be able to guarantee a certain level of network throughput to each client - would we need to invest in an expensive (£500+) router / switch to enable this? I'm not sure if recommendations are allowed on serverfault, but any examples of good choices would be most appreciated.
The building is currently cabled - and some of the cabling has recently been in use. To avoid problems in the future would it be worth checking the cabling quality? Is this a very involved job, or could a novice (such as myself) complete the task?
The ability to provide a 1gb link between certain rooms could be beneficial. I've read that cat5e cable is capable of this -> would standard cat5 cable benefit at all from a faster switch/router?
I'm going to be providing the service free-of-charge, but want to make sure that I'm not wholly underestimating the task before I go ahead.
Any and all tips and pointers would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.