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.

Some of our offerings include monitoring and managing the following 24/7:

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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Equipment

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:

Modem

Router

Switch

LAN Cable/Patch Cable

Firewall

Ethernet hub

Patch Panel

Access Point

Repeater

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:

Desktops

Laptops

Smartphones

Tablets

IP Cameras

Network Printers

POS systems

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.

How It Works

H Grant Support designs reliable networks for small businesses by designing network systems in 4 phases.

Analysis

We perform an in-depth analysis of your business needs and budget. We consider the following: What type of data will be shared? How many employees will need access to the network? Once we have a good understanding of your network requirements, we can start looking at different network designs and assessing which one will best meet your needs.

Design

Based on the number of users and the types of applications that will be used, we come up with the network design that works best for business. We design for a range of business needs from simple networks for email and internet access to more complex networks that can support computers, printers, and other devices. Once we’ve decided on the type of network you need, we will choose the right equipment.

Hardware Selection

Once the design is complete, the next step is to select the right hardware and software for the network. This includes choosing routers, switches, and other networking equipment depending on the amount of users and business needs. To protect your business with an extra layer of security, we include built-in firewalls to keep critical data secure.

Installation

The final phase is the installation and setup of the network. Our team of professionals will get your new network up and running. Once we are completed, your small business will benefit from a secure network allowing business operations and connectivity to continue smoothly and safely.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Do I need a network?

    The answer to this question depends on the size of your business and the number of employees you have. If you have a small number of employees who all work in the same office, you may not need a network. However, if you have employees who work remotely or if you have a large amount of data that needs to be shared, then a network would be beneficial.

  • What are the benefits of having a network?

    A computer network can provide many benefits for your small business, including increased productivity, easier data sharing, and improved communication. Having a network can also make it easier to expand your business in the future.

  • How can I keep the network secure?

    Some tips for keeping your small business computer network secure include regularly updating your software, using strong passwords, and investing in firewalls and other security tools. Additionally, you should educate your employees on best practices for cybersecurity

  • What are the risks of not having a network for my small business?

    Computer networks are becoming increasingly essential for small businesses. They allow employees to share files and printers, connect to the internet, and stay in touch with customers and clients. However, networks also come with a certain amount of risk.

    Data breaches, malware, and Denial of Service attacks can all undermine the security of a network. As a result, it’s important for small businesses to understand the risks associated with computer networks. By taking steps to secure their networks, businesses can protect themselves from potential threats.