5 Step Plan to Creating a Small Business Network

By: David T.

Step 1: Contemplate

The first step in creating a small business network is to sit down and brainstorm the purpose of the network. The main purpose of a network, regardless of the manner in which it is created or whom it is created for, is to facilitate the sharing of information between different end user electronic devices (computers, PDAs, cell phones and other electronic devices). Not only is it for information sharing, but it is also to allow all of the different workstations to access the same amount of information without having that information installed on all of the computers.

This is accomplished by having a centralized server that is internet capable and then connecting that server to the workstations in the network. It is a relatively simple process and once you have completed the first step in that process and understood what you require a network for, you will be ready to complete the next four steps.

Step 2: Connectivity

Once step one is completed, move on to the second step, connectivity. You need to make the decision as to the type of connectivity you want. There are two types of connectivity associated with networks; wired and wireless connectivity.

Wired connectivity is when the different components of the network are actually physically connected to each other through the use of wires. This method is advantageous in that it is cheap to set up and maintain and is very reliable. On the flip side of that coin however, the need to connect things together with wires can sometimes hamper flexibility; especially in small business, lower resource networks.

On the other hand, wireless connectivity, due to the lack of physical wires, grants the company a great deal of freedom and flexibility in how they want to set up their network. That extra flexibility does come at a price however and wireless components that are equivalent tend to cost significantly more than their wired counterparts.

Step 3: Hub

Once the general conceptual planning is out of the way, it is time to start building. The first part of the network that needs to be built is the hub. This is the central area from which the rest of the network will be built. A hub needs to at the very least consist of an active internet connection, but should also consist of a server that stores all of the regularly accessed company information.

Step 4: Routers

Once the centralized hub has been built, then it is time to start coordinating the transfer of the signals to the other parts of the network. This is primarily done through the utilization and usage of routers. Routers are small devices that are able to trap signals and direct them to the areas in which they are needed. Wireless routers do this through the capture and release of wave signals, while wired routers do this through connecting wires to two different places.

Step 5: Loads

Once the hub and the router networks have been set up, the job is largely done. Now all of the different workstations can be connected to the network and information sharing can begin. This is the end of the process and as you were able to see the process was indeed a relatively simple one to follow.

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This message was brought to you by Lloyd Ross, CEO of Rossdatacom, www.rossdatacom.com . Lloyd has been involved in the computer networking industry for over 5 years. Rossdatacom is a leading provider of used networking equipment providing used cisco switches, foundry switches, redback, and much more.

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