Options for Computer Networking at Your Business

Say your business is growing, and that tiny desktop computer has turned into 12 laptops that all need reliable speeds and connectivity. Your employee base has also increased, internet connection has plummeted because of it and complaints about the network start accumulating. It may be time for a new computer networking system.

What is a Computer Network?

A computer network, or a Local Area Network (LAN) or a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), connects multiple computers and peripherals to allow everyone in the office to share the same internet connection. You may be clueless when deciding which computer networking system, router, and equipment you need, so here’s a list of starter questions to help determine the best system for you.

Computer Networking Questions

  1. How many employees have computers or laptops that need to connect to the network?
  2. What kind of data will you all be sharing, and how much of it?
  3. What applications will you be using, and do they require internet use?
  4. Do you have any employees that work from home or want access to the network in remote areas?
  5. How fast does your internet need to be?

Answering these questions will help determine what networking system will suit your business best. Many routers and equipment are perfect for common household use, but your business will need something more powerful. With that being said, there are so many networking systems to choose from.

The two main components of a computer networking system are the router and the server. Let’s narrow down your network choices even more based on these two factors.

Wireless Vs. Wired Router

Wires are a thing of the past, and much of the world lives by wireless systems or routers. A router acts as an access point to the server. Both types of routers are still available and each has different benefits.A graphic of a typical router

With a wireless router, employees can use the network anywhere the wireless signal extends to. A wired network that uses Ethernet cords creates a more reliable network. Wired networks work through poor weather conditions and don’t often crash when the number of users suddenly increase. A combination of both wireless and wired networks is a great idea for those businesses looking for a consistent connection no matter the circumstances.

Type of Server

The typical computer networking system consists of both a router and a server. The three main types of servers include dedicated servers, VPS and cloud servers. All three of the servers perform differently, so knowing their specific features will help you pick the one best for your company.

Dedicated Servers:

  • Best for high-demand tasks and working
  • Dedicated privately to one client
  • Perfect for big businesses

VPS

  • Also known as a virtual private server
  • Multiple clients share a VPS, but each client is allotted private resources
  • More flexible and powerful than being on a shared (cloud) network

Cloud Servers

  • Multiple clients share a cloud network, and all resources are shared
  • Data is stored and processed in third-party data centers
  • Competitive pricing

Still confused? Compare these three types of servers to housing structures. A dedicated server best compares to owning a house. All of the home’s features are all yours and only you have access to them. A VPS is more like a condo because it is individually owned, but still part of a community. Cloud servers are like apartments. Everyone has access to the same resources, and all apartments in a building function under one landlord.

Infographic comparing the three types of network servers to a housing structure