Here’s an overview for setting up your office network:
The Basics –
- First decide how many computers and other devices (such as phones, printers, etc.) need to connect to the network.
- Then, decide which applications/programs you’ll be using. Also, consider which kinds of data and files you’ll be sharing and storing.
- Finally, decide if you and other office members will need to access the network remotely or via mobile devices.
Connectivity (Wired, Wireless, or Both) –
- In today’s environment it’s prudent to go with a hybrid system that consists of wired and wireless devices. While wireless devices add convenience, aesthetic appeal, and cost savings, wired devices are often faster and more reliable. To configure your network, you’ll want to choose a business-class router that supports the IEEE 802.11ac wireless networking standard, provides multiple Ethernet ports, wireless encryption, and advanced features like intrusion detection, anti-spam, anti-virus, and many more.
- Setup Administrator privileges and assign passwords that are long and complex, yet easy to remember.
- Enable wireless encryption and turn on a firewall.
- Assign network users individual accesses and rights.
- Add a separate guest network with a unique password and set up a process for changing your guest password frequently.
There are many additional steps you can take to create a robust, secure, and powerful setup.
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