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Small Business Computer Networking: Best Practices

Small Business Computer Networking: Best Practices

For your emerging small business, computer networking has become far more simplified over the course of time, due to operating systems and current technology evolving to become much easier to set up, install, and overall maintain.

The computers throughout your business should heavily rely on a proper network in order for each employee to share files among the other computers in the network. A proper network in place can also provide your computers to be connected wirelessly to various media if needed, and perhaps more importantly, the use of a company printer throughout the building.

Here are some best and essential practices to keep in mind when setting up a proper network throughout your business:

A wireless network:

A wireless network for your business can be very simplified and easy to configure, with the added bonus that wireless networking abilities have dramatically fallen in price. Wireless networking can also provide a simply safer office environment with less physical cables around the work area. Wireless can even give you greater flexibility when troubleshooting any problems, as you can resolve networking issues right from your laptop from anywhere in your building.

Security in your network:

After initially deciding on your network and setting up your network, you should set the security settings in your router or operating system. Utilizing a wireless encryption protocol (WEP) for a wireless network allows improved security on your wireless system. WEP uses passwords which encrypt all incoming and outgoing network traffic. You can also utilize network logins and passwords to limit any access to unauthorized users.

Connect to other peripherals:

In addition to sharing media and accessing networking printers, you can set up access to other devices such as copiers, scanners, and other work environment equipment. You can also backup data on a network attached storage (NAS) device. NAS devices can have their own hard drives and be accessible through the network, therefore granting you to configure, manage and monitor the NAS device and also adjust how they back up your data throughout your entire network.

Properly configuring and managing your network will lead to a more efficient production and a streamlined work environment.