Network Setup, Configuration, Security and Support
Implementing a network can be a challenging task if you are unfamiliar with the technology and procedures needed.
For a network to function properly, there are 4 areas that must be addressed.
- Network Setup
- Network Configuration
- Network Security
- Network Support
Setting up a network can be easy or it can be difficult depending on the size and purpose of the network needed.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself.
- What type of network is needed; peer-to-peer or client-server?
- How many devices are going to be connected?
- Are multiple servers needed or just one?
- Are network printers required?
- Will travelling employees need to connect to the network from outside?
- Will directories or drives be shared across the network?
- Is a file server or a mail server in the design?
All these questions and more need to be addressed prior to setting up a network.
Once the network is setup, configuring the network for access is crucial so productivity doesn’t suffer. Network configuration requires a working knowledge of protocols and internet ports for each productivity tool required. This can often be found by reading the accompanying product documentation.
Network security is one of two areas that are often overlooked. Whether it be by failing to fortify your network from the outside, or by simply enabling file sharing on a PC, network security is a must in today’s business environment. Many people think of hackers when “network security” is mentioned. There has been so much talk of hackers gaining entry into large corporate servers, that people have this misguided paranoia regarding security. Hackers rarely go after the small businesses or home users. Instead, they tend to go after high profile targets where they can gain notoriety. The truth is, employees can be just as great a security risk as a hacker, if not more. An employee has an inside advantage when it comes to defeating network security. If a network were unsecured from the inside, not only would it be compromised, but the management probably wouldn’t even realize it.
Network Support is the other aspect that tends to be overlooked. With networks containing desktops, laptops, printers, servers and intermediary devices such as routers and modems, support for these devices is an absolute necessity. Each of these devices has a crucial role to play within a company, and if any of these devices were to go down, overall productivity would suffer. With lost productivity comes lost revenue.
Most small companies associate ‘Network Support’ with, “I have a problem. Can you come and fix it?” That is only part of it. The other part pertains to preventative maintenance and support. Preventative maintenance ensures that the potential problems that haven’t come to light yet are dealt with long before they can escalate into something bigger. Network support not only covers the small things, but also the big things as well. With a properly designed support package, problems (regardless of severity) can be addressed in a proactive manner versus a reactive one. Not only does preventative maintenance minimize downtime, but it also maintains productivity.
At TSG Computer Services, we offer a free, no-obligation network audit. We then provide a free detailed report outlining key areas of vulnerability and performance related issues. Even if you decide to postpone taking action on our recommendations, you’ll find this analysis of your network infrastructure interesting – and useful.
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