What to Know About Your Small Office Network Setup

This brief guide will educate on the basics of your small office network setup.)

A network is the lifeline of your workflow. It enables your various computers to connect with one another and other devices via the Internet. If you are going to expand your business or a start-up, you would like to know about your small business network setup. While it is the job of your IT pro, it is great if you know the basics of your small business network.

Understanding Network Types:

Many small establishments rely on a network to share access to the devices, the Internet and the files from one terminal to another. A network streamlines the workflow at your workplace. However, you need to decide what kind of network you are looking for your business pondering over your specific requirements.

There are three common network types: wired, wireless and hybrid networks. Each option has its own pros and cons. For example, a wired network will require you to have a lot of wires running across your premises. And it is challenging to fiddling with them if they are not organized. A wireless network is more prone to downtime.

Whatever you choose, make sure to consider two main factors—the location of your devices and how quickly you want the network to be. The prices of the network are largely determined by the network speed.

Ponder Over Hardware Requirements:

Your network will be used by equipment like printer and server. You might even require a server for your workstation. Make sure to buy them from a reputable vendor.

Think About Security:

As we have told you that each network has its own pros and cons, especially when it comes to security. For example, a wired network is more secure than their wireless counterpart. A person is required to have physical access to your wired network. A wireless network, on the other hand, is more prone to attacks as it is openly broadcast and only protected by a password. However, whether you have a wired network or wireless, you need to get serious about cybersecurity. Make sure to use antivirus, train your staff and follow all security precautions.

So you must have understood the basics of your small office network setup. What do you think? Please let us know by commenting below.

About Ng Wei Khang

Ng Wei Khang, CEO at a Singapore based IT consultancy company, APIXEL IT Support, has been operational for over 8 years from now. Apixel provides fixed price IT Support Services with unlimited packages that includes small business server setup, Cloud Solution Configuration, Network management and Data security & Theft prevention. The company also provides expert IT consultancy to SMEs in Singapore.

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