Network Design And Setup
Designing A Network For A Small Business
To set up a network for a business isn't the same as setting one up for your home. For one, you'll need to make sure your security is top notch, as having a vulnerable network can spell disaster for your small business.
In fact, a small business network is often more prone to viruses and spyware than larger networks. This is due to software vulnerabilities.
The first decision you have to make when designing your network is what network your business will need.
Types Of Networks
Personal Area Network (PAN)
Local Area Network (LAN)
Wide Area Networks (WAN)
Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
The right network determines the size of your business and the number of employees you have.
A Personal Area Network is what most people have in their home offices, with only a few devices. A Local Area Network is used in office floors and small office businesses.
Wide Area Networks are used when a business has multiple offices that are nearby. Virtual Private Networks are what you'll need if your employees work from home.
If your network has 20 or more devices connected, then you'll need to get business or commercial-grade Wi-Fi equipment.
This will ensure your devices will run smoothly without slowing down, compared to having consumer-grade home routers, which can only handle a few devices at one time.
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After deciding which network you'll need for your small business, the next step is making sure you get the right equipment.
The equipment you'll need for your small business includes these:
LAN Cable/Patch Cable
Once you have all the necessary equipment, you'll want to determine the number of devices that will be connected to your network. Here's a list of possible devices you'll need to consider adding to your network:
Conference room equipment
VoIP phone system
Without the correct equipment, your small business won't be able to thrive or perform correctly to meet your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions small business owners have about networking:
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