Computer networks in business organizations have grown in complexity over the last two decades as features and benefits formerly found only in large enterprises have made their way into the small and medium business (SMB) space. Just as importantly, the level of dependency on the computer network has risen correspondingly. Businesses depend on email not just within the office, but on the smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) and the web. At eBits we know how important business computer networking is. As a small business we know how frustrating it is to set up your own office network. This is why our computer networking business offers computer networking solutions to business owners free up their time and work on what drives their business.
In order for a business computer network to be a valuable asset for an organization, it requires more than the optimal operating system choice. Planning should include:
- File Backup
- Internet Access
- Internet Security
- Email Hosting and Routing
- Power Management
- Networking Training
- Line of Business
Setting up a computer network is a good way to get more out of your system and its components. This is especially true if you are running a small to medium sized business. Networking allows you to manage all of the operations of your business – like communication, data transfer, and storage – more easily.
By setting up a network, your computer will be used to its full potential and all your business needs will be met. You can access the Internet with any computer on the network, as well as share files and devices across it. An effective computer network design can make a big difference for you and your business.
eBits PC Laptop can help you with your Network set up. We will conduct an on-site visit, survey your networking needs, and then help you draft a cost-effective plan of action for networking your computers. We’ll even help you plan a mixed network, linking Windows PCs and Apple Macs for optimal performance. We’ll develop a customized plan for you to share the Internet, Printers, and Files from anywhere in your home or office with a secure wired or wireless network.
There are a variety of business computer network solutions. Below you will find a guide on what type of business network setup is right for your business.
Networks – Wired vs. Wireless
The first decision you will need to make about your new network is whether you would like it to be wired or completely wireless. These two methods obviously have their upsides and downsides, but either one is suitable for your business needs.
Wired (or Ethernet) networks are said to be extremely reliable, economical, secure, and easy to install. If you have a lot of components you would like to access the Internet with, however, you might opt for a wireless network, which allows you to have broadband access from a distance. Wireless networks have become very easy to install as well, thanks to Wi-Fi. You also eliminate the need for wires or cords in a wireless network, hence the name.
Wired networks are more geared towards desktop PC setups and wireless is more of a laptop thing. If you have both a desktop and laptop in your office, you can simply use a combination of the two. For instance, you can have a desktop physically connected to the Internet with an Ethernet cable and a laptop connected via the wireless router.
Network Setup – Peer-To-Peer Vs. Client-Server
The next step in setting up a business computer network is deciding whether to make it a peer-to-peer setup or a client-server one. Both networks connect computers so that resources can be shared between them. The fundamental differences are in the setup configuration.
In a peer-to-peer setup, every computer acts as both the client and the server. Each computer communicates directly with the other computers in the network and resources can be added or removed. A peer-to-peer setup is much more common in the home.
Equipment You Will Need for a peer-to-peer setup:
Setting up a peer-to-peer network only requires you to have a router (possibly with wireless capability) and the necessary Ethernet cords to run the router to the modem and from the router to all of your computers.
In a client-server setup, multiple clients (computers) connect to a single, central server. Public data and applications are only installed on the server and the clients connect to the server to use the resources. This type of setup is more typical in larger offices or businesses.
Equipment You Will Need for a client-server setup:
In order to create a client-server setup, you are probably going to need a server, or at least a server-friendly operating system. Microsoft Windows Server Edition and Linux are very good for this. You can install one of them on a PC and use it as a server if you like, but if you have a large business it would be wise to consider purchasing a stand-alone server for the job, especially if you are going to be adding or expanding to your network in the future.
Network security is also important to consider when you’re running a business, particularly in a wireless configuration. The current security standard for encrypting wireless networks is Wi-Fi Protected Access, or widely known as WPA and WPA2. eBits PC Laptop knows how important security is in this day in age. Rest assured that we will protect your business network from any intruders trying to get into your personal files. We take great measures to ensure that you never get hacked. This is why many businesses in Seattle trust us when it comes to networking their business.
Setting up a business computer network is all about preference. Rest assured that eBits network solution technicians will advise you what is the best possible solution for your business. Not to mention we will work within your budget to make sure you get the best possible solution for your money. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our networking technicians and they will promptly assist you.