Common styles of meetinghouses (networking)
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There are several different common styles of meetinghouses. If your meetinghouse is one of these common styles and you know which one it is, you may be able to find or share best practices for extending network access in that style of meetinghouse. Your facilities management group should be able to tell you what type of meetinghouse you have. They may also be able to provide you with plans or drawings to assist in identifying meetinghouse Internet needs and documenting a meetinghouse network. This article is intended to assist in this effort.
Some common building styles are
Newer Legacy and Heritage styles often have large attics that can be a good place to bring Internet into, set up the firewall, and run cables cleanly to other portions of the building. If your building has an attic, you may consider using it in this way.
Stevens, Sage, Cody, and Carter buildings are often older and many of them did not have network cabling run when they were constructed. You will likely have to get more creative with these and other similar building types. Look for attic space, dropped ceilings, and crawl spaces where cables may be run cleanly. See if there is conduit for existing wiring, such as phones or coax, that may be able to also be used for network cables. Perhaps there are older cables that are no longer used that can be used to pull network cables where you need them.
Richard Jackson's Places of Worship, which is available online from the BYU Library gives an excellent history of LDS meetinghouses through 1980.
Be aware that even buildings with the same name are rarely exactly the same. Network installations will vary based on individual circumstances.
If you have something to share about a particular type of meetinghouse, please share it here!