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    How to set up an office network

    September 17, 2013 2:29 pm Published by Comments Off on How to set up an office network

    Creating and maintaining your own office network is a great way to increase the productivity of your employees, manage customer or client communications more effectively, and establish a reliable and cost-efficient technology system for your business. If you are new to networking, this may sound like a daunting task, but not all systems have to be complex. Here are some things to think about when buying products for your own office network:

    Should I go wired or wireless?

    It seems like everything involves ‘going wireless’ these days, but you still have a lot of wired networking options if you want to stick to it for its low costs and reliability. Your most basic pieces of wired networking equipment, apart from your computer, are networking cables. An Ethernet cable, such as the Belkin High Speed HDMI cable, for example, allows you to connect to the Internet, whereas a FireWire cable, such as the Belkin FireWire 800 9-pin will allow you to transfer data between computers at speeds greater than a USB.

    If you want to take advantage of the benefits of wireless technology, consider installing higher capacity routers and ensure you are using networking cards suitable for your existing IT equipment.

    Should I maintain telephone lines?

    There is a growing number of business IT technicians who no longer see the need for traditional telephones, but if you do wish to enable customers to get hold of you directly, or to have telephones connecting various parts of the office, make sure you have enough telephones located in convenient areas, and ensure your telephone switching equipment can handle the network you want to set up. Accessories, such as the Doro HS111 headset for corded telephones, can also be employed to ease use of your telephone network.

    Should I do my own printing?

    It can be argued that outsourcing your printing can save you money, but this is only really the case if you have huge print demands. Setting up a print server in your office network affords you the convenience and cost-effectiveness of in-house printing, and is really easy to set up. Once you’ve selected your printer, simply install a print server and this will allow multiple users to print from the same machine, saving you more money than maintaining a printer on every desk or workstation!

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