Whether it is for the home or small office, networks makes things so much easier. A network enables computers to share files, use a single printer or scanner, and share the same internet connection. Networks even allow people to work on the same files and partake in online conferences and other group activities. A network can save money, effort and time, but despite modern operating systems that claim to enable easy networking, networking can still be a complicated affair.
How networks work - Networks are merely several computers attached together. Modern machines usually come with either a built in network card or adapter, allowing different machines to be linked together, or these can be bought separately. Most networks are connected to a router, which allows access to the internet. Other devices, such as printers, scanners and servers, can also be incorporated in a network, so all machines can share the same hardware, which saves money. When it comes to networking, there is really only one decision to make - whether to go for a wired or wireless solution.
Wired networks - Most wired networks are linked together using Ethernet cables. A wired Ethernet system has one major advantage - speed. With machines connected via Ethernet, file transfer is fast. The only problem with an Ethernet network is that all devices have to be cabled together. This can be quite complicated, as everything, from the individual PCs, to the printers, router and servers, need to be wired together. This also means your home or office is going to have a lot of trailing cables between machines. A qualified technician is by far the best person to help you install your wired network and ensure everything is done correctly.
Wireless networks - Increasingly, most home networks and those of the small office utilise wireless networks. Wireless networks mean you don’t need to run cables throughout your home or office, and it also allows the freedom to use laptops, tablet computers and smartphones where you want within the office or home. A wireless network can even allow you to work in the garden, but wireless networking is not necessarily simpler to implement.
While some computers come with wireless facilities, very few printers and other peripherals do. This means you’ll need wireless adapters on any device you want connected to the network. Furthermore, you’ll need a wireless access point or base station hub, which is why it is best to seek the help of a professional. Another aspect of a wireless network is security. Because wireless networks are a broadcast system, it is not unknown for people to hijack the system, which is why a wireless system needs some form of encryption, and another reason to seek the help of an expert.
Network professionals - Because networking can be complicated, and with so much to consider, such as wired or wireless, security, routers and encryption, it is by far the best solution to get an expert in to help you. An experienced network technician can advise you as to what is the best solution for your needs, source the right networking devices for you and network all your devices together, securely, effectively and efficiently, making home or office networking as painless as possible.