Things to remember when setting up a network

Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.

Computer networking is used by every business to connect employees to the internet. Linking a network of computers to the internet is more complicated than linking your personal laptop to your internet at home. It is also much more expensive.

One of the most expensive parts of networking is the equipment that comes with it. Unlike computers, which are often built to meet a certain budget; servers are designed to meet requirements. This results in massive price points for even some of the most basic tech. Even looking for secondhand options for this sort of gear is usually a fool’s errand. Servers will often hold a good amount of value for many years. Which means, you won’t find them much cheaper by getting them used. This sort of practice could also result in wasting money altogether if the parts are faulty. 

Most businesses need an internet connection which requires a router, a switch and possibly some other tech. Even more important than those things is file storage and data. It’s unlikely that your business operates on computers that don’t share storage. Most companies use systems which connect their computers, to make it easier to share data. A traditional system can be expensive to build and maintain. Thankfully, there are lots of services options available that can handle your storage and user collaboration; like Office 365 for Business

Now, it’s time to consider how you get all of your employees hooked up to the internet. This will be a bigger challenge. And, it’s best to avoid adopting for an all in one package. Instead, it’s best to go with a company that can help you to set things up. IT support services exist in most cities. These sorts of business will be able to help you to set up and keep your basic networking running. And, you will only ever have to pay them when you actually use their services. This provides you with the great benefit of avoiding hiring an additional staff member. And, it will give you peace of mind that your networking is handled securely.

These tips should give you a good idea of what you need to be doing if you want to make sure that your network is functioning correctly and you are maximizing your resources. By working with other businesses you will usually have access to the latest technology without having to pay a premium.

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