Business Network Setup
Assembling your business network setup can be difficult or frustrating as most people who decide to take on the task themselves find out. This is a task that should really be handled by professionals. When done correctly and depending on the setup you need, it’s a job that could take a few hours maximum. Here at Angel Computer Systems, Inc. we believe in not only handling any task you may want us to take care of, but if desired, we will also guide or inform any individual wanting to take on the task themselves.
If you choose to try and set up your network your self, it will take a little bit of perseverance, thinking, and a simple guideline like this one! Let’s begin.
Sometimes, all that’s needed for your business network setup could be as simple as connecting a computer to a router, with an Ethernet cable attached.
Assuming that you may want to also share printers, stream media, pass along files to co-workers, and have multiple computers on your network, you’ll have to take a few additional steps.
First, choose a solid, durable wireless router for your business network setup. If you dont have one or would like us to help you pick one out, give us a call at 253-584-5906. This router will act as the liaison between the internet and your local area network. Your router is like a substitute for your network’s DHCP server, which enables each device within your network to have its own unique IP address. This is mandatory if you need your devices to be able to “communicate” with each other. Your wireless router will also contain a firewall which safeguards your network from potential threats.
Using WPA or WPA2 security on your business network will protect your Wi-Fi network from outsiders who may attempt to steal data or bandwidth. Changing your router’s admin password is a must, and should be kept confidential. Also, choosing an 802.11n networking standard router usually allows modern devices to work harmoniously. Be wary of mismatched networking standards which will interfere with employees’ ability to connect to the internet.
You’ll also need to wire your network, by setting up your Ethernet connection. This will perform faster than your wireless connection (great for transferring larger files).
If you don’t want particular computers to be wired to an Ethernet cable, you’ll have to pair these computers with the correct client adapters (wireless adapters) – so that they will be able to pick up on Wi-Fi signals. Most modern laptops already have built-in wireless adapters.
This covers the basics of assembling your business network setup. You can additionally get a Network-Attached-Storage (NAS) to function as a server which is already set up for you. This will make uploading and sharing files between your company’s employees private and easy. Power surge protection is also recommended, as well as having a regular method of backing up network data.
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