The Do's and Dont's of setting up a Small Business Network

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Network SolutionWritten By: Suman Kumar Paul

A computer network is the backbone of your business. It interlinks all your devices, applications, and software to deliver a superior work environment.   So the planning, implementation, acquisition of hardware of a workplace network should be a top priority for your business.

If you want your business network to perform flawlessly then it must be configured differently than an ordinary domestic network.

In general, a business network suffers from complexity and security concerns. So to eliminate all technical glitches your network design must be fully proofed as per the latest technology.

A business network design and planning must be done as per the organization's needs and requirements. However, the components in a computer network remain the same.

Here is the list of devices needed to set up a computer network for your business:

•    Modem
•    Router
•    Firewall
•    Switch
•    LAN Cable / Patch Cable
•    Access Point
•    Repeater
•    Patch Panel

How to choose a router for your business?

Most ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offer their customers a free router when they register up for a subscription. Unfortunately, these routers are not appropriate for business needs. You will undoubtedly need to acquire one, and here are some factors to evaluate before making your purchase:

•    Total number of devices on your business network
•    Level of interference from neighbor’s Wi-Fi.
•    Secure guest Wi-Fi configuration

Does your business network need a firewall ?

Most modern computers ship with the inbuilt software-based firewall but still, they are not capable enough to safeguard your business network.  Network assets are commonly targeted by cybercriminals, and it makes your network and other connected devices exposed to intruders if you do not have a dedicated firewall.

A dedicated hardware-based firewall adds a strong additional layer of security to your business network. Advanced features of the hardware firewall include VPN, Remote Access, and Comprehensive Web Filtering.

It functions similarly as a router and can only support a fixed number of users. Therefore, make sure you purchase a firewall with adequate capacity to withstand future expansion.

How to choose a switch for your business network ?

We all require network switches for designing our business networks. But before finalizing a switch you must analyze your business requirements.
There are mainly three types of switches we use in our networks:

•    Unmanaged Switch

An unmanaged switch is the simplest form of switch. It is simple because there is no need for configuration. Unmanaged switches are less expensive than managed switches however, they lack intelligent features. They are best suited for small offices with minimal networks.

•    Managed Switch

A managed switch allows you to regulate the functions of the switch. By configuring the switch you can manage the network connectivity of your workplace. The switch can be configured using Command Line Interface (CLI), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), or a Web Interface.
Managed switches are much more expensive and require considerable technical expertise to configure as per network requirements.

•    POE Switch

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a networking technique that allows network connections to transmit electrical power. PoE eliminates the requirement for power cables to be connected to your devices.

It moreover improves dependability by eliminating the requirement for additional power adapters and bulky power bricks with different current outputs and connectors.

PoE also enhances the flexibility and adaptability of your network. Modern PoE-enabled devices like APs and IP cameras do not need a separate electrical power supply to function; users can easily move or relocate them as per need and requirement.

Tips To Improve Your Existing Business Network

•    Centralized cable management coding for easy troubleshooting, changes, and simpler expansion.
•    Integrating network security to eliminate malware, phishing, Trojans, and unauthorized remote access.
•    Simple network topology to reduce maintenance cost and troubleshooting.

Factors to design a modern computer network for your business

•    Always invest in business-grade equipment for reliable and stable network performance.
•    Make sure to choose equipment that allows room for expandability and ships with advanced features.
•    It is better to have technology that facilitates flexibility and scalability.
•    Network planning must be done precisely by spending adequate time to eliminate technical pitfalls.
•    Integrate professional help if needed to get a customized business network with zero complexities.

Final Words

So far, we've covered the functionality and needs of your business network. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance developing and designing a network for your business.
We are glad to execute internal network vulnerability assessments and other cyber security solutions to assist business owners anywhere-anytime.