IT Basics for Business Startups – Part 4 – Setting Up A Network For Your Business

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IT Basics for Business Startups – Part 4 – Setting Up A Network For Your Business

Business Computer Network

A network allows you to connect up your computers and other devices together. By setting up a network in your office you can do the following:-

  • Get all your computers and devices online
  • Easily share files and other data
  • Share resources such as printers etc

Few Staff – Simple Network

Many startup businesses have only a few employees. If your business has fewer than five employees, you can create a simple network using your router.

The centre of your network will be the router that’s included with most broadband internet services.

The router connects you to the internet, and all your devices connect to the router.

Using ethernet cables or by connecting wirelessly, you can connect your computers together to quickly share files and store data on a shared cloud drive.

It’s important to remember that running cables around an office can be tricky so wireless is usually the best option.

 

More Staff – More Complex Network

If you have more employees, you may need a more complex network. It’s here that an expert like Wood ITC can help you put together a more robust network.

You need to think about how many devices you need to connect and how you will connect them, it may be that additional routers, access points and other equipment will be required.

 

Large Business Networks

Larger businesses often build their network around a server. A server is a dedicated computer that manages your network and stores files. It can improve network performance and data security.

Your server allows you to run centralised applications, such as a customer relationship management system. Companies are increasingly opting for cloud services instead of servers, but having a server in-house can give you some advantages.

Servers require some technical knowledge and significant ongoing maintenance. Speak to a trustworthy IT provider such as Wood ITC to help you manage and maintain your servers.

 

Wireless Networking

A wireless network (‘Wi-Fi’) provides businesses with the best flexibility.

All mobile devices now can only connect wirelessly to your network and all new laptops have wireless capabilities built in.

Wireless is very convenient, but it’s not as fast or reliable as a wired connection. This is where you need to know your requirements.

Many organisations use wired connections for permanent desks, and then rely on wireless to connect employees in other parts of the building.

Setting up a wireless connection is easy. You simply need a wireless router or wireless access point. However, if you need to cover a larger area you will need special wifi extenders to boost the signal. The last thing you want is wifi black-spots in your building!

 

Remote Access to Your Network

Providing remote access to your network can be very useful for your employees. Particularly if, for example, employees work from home.

To do this, you will need to have a network server that is connected to the internet, or make use cloud services.

 

For more information about networking your business IT, talk to us at Wood ITC

 

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