How to Set Up a Small Business Network

How to Set Up a Small Business Network

When setting up a network for your small business it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s why we made this guide to help you with the basics so you can get started on the right track.

The most important topic to cover first is the difference between switches and routers.

While they may seem similar, it’s important to understand their differences as they form the backbone of your network.

What is a network switch?

A network switch connects all of your devices together including laptops, desktops, printers and servers.

Switches ensure that all your devices can communicate with each other wirelessly, so they’re always connected regardless of location.

Switches also form the foundation of your network. 

Network switch
Network switch

What is a network router?

A network router connects multiple switches and their networks together to form an even larger network.

It also provides access to the internet for all your devices and business, ensuring that data is efficiently distributed across your network.

Additionally, it provides your network with security against cyber threats.

Network Router
Network Router

Quick tips

Use commercial quality equipment

Consumer-grade products simply won’t deliver the power and reliability that you need for your business. 

Ensure that your equipment meets your needs

For example, if your business regularly transfers large amounts of data, you should consider faster switches.

Even though they may be more expensive, they’ll be able to deliver the speed that your business requires.

Build a network that can grow in the future

When designing your network, consider how your needs might change in the next 3-5 years.

It’s always better to start with a robust network that can be upgraded in the future to meet your business needs.

You’ll want the ability to add features such as video surveillance, VoIP or wireless applications when you need them. 

Consider cloud services for extra power when you need it

Instead of purchasing all your hardware and software outright, you should consider using cloud services.

Cloud services allow you to have your network and applications stored on a specialised external server, instead of on-site.

This offers you the flexibility of on-demand access to computing power and applications whenever you need it. 

Want tailored network advice for your business? Get in touch.