How To Set Up Your Small Business Computer Network
A couple of years ago, setting up a computer network would have seemed impossible without a lot of knowledge about computers. But today, that isn’t the case.
In part that’s because the internet is filled with loads of solutions. You’re always one Google search away from your answer, and the technology you need to set up your small business computer network makes the entire process a lot simpler.
Here’s how to do it for your small business.
- Think of What You Need
The needs of your small business will influence the networking equipment you’ll have to purchase. The first thing you need to think about is how many computers will be a part of your new network. If it’s just a couple, you can potentially go for more affordable routers and the job will be done.
The more computers in the network, the better router you need. And, you may need more than one.
- Get the Hardware
Once you identify the needs for your business, it’s time to go shopping for hardware. You’ll need a router, either wired or wireless, depending on what’s best for you, and a server. You could also go for a switch, but we’re thinking the Internet might be a necessity in your business, so the router is best.
Regarding servers, you have two options: purchasing a physical one or opt for a cloud-based service. With the physical server, you may also need someone to monitor it and fix any issue that it may have. Cloud-based servers, on the other hand, can be a better solution if you do not have that option.
- Set up and Secure
All you have to do to set-up your small business computer network is to follow the instructions of the router and link it to the broadband connection and server. You can also add printers and other devices that can connect to a network on it.
Most routers have an easy process of setting up: you connect them to the router via an Ethernet cable. Then you’ll be asked to set up a network name and password, and that’s it. You set up a small business computer network.
However, you should consider making the network secure. There are a few ways to do it, and they can help prevent loss of data or other issues:
- Create an administrator account that can override other accounts;
- Enable firewall, wireless encryption;
- Set up login accounts with secure passwords for all team members that have access to the network;
- Make sure the router is stored in a secure location, as it can be tampered with physically;
- Consider installing additional security software.
Setting up a small business computer network is easy – it’s keeping it safe that’s tricky. If you want to know more about how to protect your network, we can help. Reach out to West County Computers now!