There was a time, not too long ago, when you would often refer to your Local Area Network. LAN, for short, is how you would sync up all the computers in your home. As you can probably imagine, it’s just as important for businesses to have their own Local Area Network. These connections allow everyone in the office to access the same files so that your business can remain productive.
The very nature of a Local Area Network has changed drastically over the years. Now, it’s even easier than ever to set one up, thanks to new technologies on all computers. Before you go about setting up your remote business network, though, there are a couple of things you need to consider.
How Well Do You Know Computers?
While computer and automation services make the lives of businesses much easier, they are complex beasts. That’s why most businesses, even small and mid-sized, employ their own tech team. If you don’t know your way around a computer so well, it pays to have at least one technician on the job.
That’s because with computers comes a need for constant maintenance. Spending all of your time performing that will take away from other tasks that need your attention. Even if you fancy yourself as a bit of a computer whiz, I’d recommend having, at least, one IT specialist under contract. You need somebody to deal with any potential issues at any given moment.
How Many People Need Access?
This, obviously, will depend on the size of your business. A small business of ten or fewer people, by definition, will need a less complex network than a corporate giant. Before you undertake the task, make sure that you’re giving yourself ample resources in relation to the size of your team.
If you’re operating as a fairly large business with different departments, you may want to look into wireless networks. In truth, you should always opt for wireless options to reduce any problems, but it’s essential for mid-size businesses and up. You might also look at remote hosting as a means of boosting productivity. Having everyone able to access documents anywhere and at any time is a massive bonus. Check out the ATB-Tech Cloud Benefits on offer for more details.
What Hardware (or Software) Are You Going To Need?
You’d be surprised by the number of people I’ve stumbled across that underestimate the need for quality equipment. They see them as unnecessary business expenses rather than the ideal tools for your business to work. Don’t make that same mistake. Believe me, it will come back to haunt you one day. Don’t you want your business to operate as seamlessly as possible? Of course, you do. So, in that case, make sure you pay what’s required to get the best equipment.
You’ll likely have to pay a different license type for your business, as lots of people are going to need to access the software. There are usually corporate packages as an option for all businesses. Most of these offer a monthly repayment structure, so you won’t feel the sting too much. You’ll also have to keep in mind that you’ll need to pay out for some serious hardware. Everyone on your team should have access to a top of the range computer. Anything less, and you’re handicapping their work.
Remember, you’ll also need to pick up a ‘mother’ computer, which acts as the server for your network. Make sure that it’s as up to date as possible, or it could slow down your flow of work. And nobody wants that to happen, do they?
Who Is My Internet Service Provider?
When you need internet hosting for a large group of people, it never pays to go for the cheapest option available. More often than not, you’ll be hamstrung by restrictions or slow connectivity. It’s just not worth putting your staff through these headaches. Do yourself a favour, and pay for the best connection you can afford. You should have a budget in place for these things already, so don’t be afraid to dip into it. You’re paying for reliability, here.
You’ll need to pay a lot more attention to your internet connection than you normally would at home. Remember, slow connections or the internet going down could mean productivity comes to a screeching halt. That’s the quickest way to ensure you’re going to lose a lot of money. And don’t think for a second it won’t happen to you because it will. Pay more now, and rest assured in the knowledge that your Internet is going to run smoothly in the office.
How Am I Going To Keep My Network Safe?
We’ve all been aware of internet dangers for decades now. For as long as the internet has been present in most homes, there have been computer hackers and viruses floating around cyberspace. All those precautions you take on your home computer? You need them here, too, but amplified. Your network is going to contain some important documents. Perhaps some are confidential. You need to stop them from getting into the wrong hands. Failure to do so could result in legal trouble, so it’s just not worth the risk.
Make sure that only you and your IT technician have access to the administrator tools. I know you trust your staff, and as well you should, but keeping this information to a minimum will decrease the chances of human error. Make sure you’re fully protected by all the usual security; firewall, encryption, and virus software. On top of that, you’ll need to make sure that everyone that is accessing your network has their own unique login details.
Setting up your business’s remote network doesn’t need to be complicated. Just reference the guide above and you’ll make sure you hit all the right notes. And remember not to be afraid of putting your faith in other people. Your IT technician could potentially be your best friend on this occasion. Following all of the above tips will ensure your local network operates smoothly and safely. Good luck!