By Maxfield Slosser
Networking, PC/Apple Repair Technician @ ClickAway
A small business relies on its online connectivity just as much as a larger organization because an interruption in the network can bring a business to its knees. It can slow your ability to help your customers and frustrate your employees. Therefore, knowing some key basics about your small business network will help guide decisions on the equipment and setup that’s right for your business.
Building with switches and routers
Network infrastructure is composed of modems, router, and switches. The modem, sometimes provided by your internet service provider, is what brings the internet into your business. The router creates your network and directs the network traffic. Working with the router are switches. These allow the single internet connection the modem provides to be split so that all the computers and devices can to be on the network simultaneously. Because of that, top tier routers have added features, security and reliability. These routers prioritize information and send information on the correct path to the intended destination while helping to safeguard your data from security threats.
Don’t compromise your network
We recommend investing in top-tier network equipment to ensure reliability and versatility. A budget system might save you some money now, but you’d be setting yourself up for future issues.
The flexibility to expand
Build a strong network from the start, with top-tier business quality equipment. This will allow for easy expansion of the network as your business and its needs grow. A lesser system provides some initial savings, but you risk increased costs and downtime later on.
Can you understand it?
While we install and set up many new systems for small business customers, most good switches and routers are straightforward to manage and use. We like to position wireless access points thought the business, allowing for a strong network connection in every part of your business.
Dependability and redundancy
No small business wants to experience a network that is unreliable. Disruption to the network costs money every minute it is down. Having a reliable network will help your business grow, and make your employees more productive.
Network Equipment for Small Business
The best way to start this small network setup guide is to cover some basic terms and introduce hardware you will need. Since this guide is not meant for IT professionals we’ll explain some basic terms you will need to understand before you order your gear online.
Router for computer networks is a device that joins or ties multiple networks together. Router finds the best route for data to travel. Furthermore, you can set the router to decide computer priority and set security measures and standards. Thus, it is one of the crucial devices in network system meaning that you can’t build small office network without at least one router.
The router has a CPU, memory and I/O interface. Memory has embedded operating system or firmware. A few years ago, routers were devices used only for business networks. Today it is very common to use a router when setting up a home network as well. A business line of routers has a built-in firewall with anti-spam and anti-virus features. In comparison with home routers, they have the ability to set up virtual private network VPN server and enable secure remote work.We recommend using a wireless router. The average range for wireless routers is about 100 feet. If you think that is not enough, you’ll need additional access points. Consider using client WIFI adapters as well. They look like USB memory sticks with a small antenna.