Two words: computer network. You hear them all the time. Maybe you’ve tossed them out there a few times yourself. If your business doesn’t have a computer network, you’re missing out on a host of benefits and efficiencies.
First things first. What exactly is a computer network? A computer network is a series of connection points that lets us transmit, receive and share data in different file formats, such as spreadsheets, documents, movies, audio and images. Basically, a computer network allows us to communicate with each other and share documents.
There are four types of networks:
1. LAN (Local Area Network), which spreads over a building or office.
2. WAN (Wide Area Network), which spreads over states or countries.
3. MAN (Metropolitan Area Network), which is a large network of government, individuals and private companies.
4. PAN (Personal Area Network), which connects individuals and devices over a small area.
Computer networks are used in so many ways, including e-commerce, communication (video calls, email, file transfer/sharing) and accessing the web.
No doubt, you and your employees use computer networks all day long in some capacity. Just like those other networks are conducive to taking care of business, installing your own computer network is good for your business. Here are six ways how…
1. A computer network makes it a breeze for employees to store and organize files.
A server acts as a centralized, primary repository for all of your business files. Any computer connected to your network can access files for use, sharing, modifying, etc. If staff can save files to the server, it’s a dramatic improvement over them emailing back and forth, also which is more collaborative, secure and efficient.
Without a computer network, employees save files on their desktops. If something happens to that desktop, files are lost. If files are saved to the server, and the server is backed up on a regular basis, even if the desktop fails, the files are safe on the server.
2. A computer network improves your IT security measures.
It’s difficult to enforce security protocols without standing over your employees’ shoulders. With a network in place, you can require (on the server side) users to change their passwords on a set schedule as a precursor to accessing files on the server.
Also, your server can be configured to follow access levels, giving employees permission to access only the files you want them to have.
3. Having a network means sharing and saving resources.
Computer networks can connect printers, laptops and tablets. Instead of emailing files to other devices, copying files to USB drives or buying printers for each workstation, your staff can print, copy, change, save, etc. files from any device connected to your business network and from anywhere with a wireless computer network.
4. A network is a must for supporting remote or hybrid work.
A wireless computer network is essential for remote or hybrid work environments, which have become quite popular post-pandemic. This allows employees to work productivity from anywhere with an internet connection.
5. A network can save money on software.
Depending on the software, you might be able to store software on your server, so staff can access and use it there versus buying copies for each workstation. This can save money compared to buying multiple licenses for each user.
6. A computer network lets employees (or you) choose whichever manufacturer, Microsoft or Apple.
Today’s computer networks are manufacturer agnostic, which means you or your employees can work on their preferred system. When properly configured by your computer network support firm, your server is compatible with any iProduct, Android or Microsoft device.
If You Have a Network, Does It Still Meet Your Business’s Needs?
As your business expands, so will the number of users, desktops, laptops, peripherals (like printers), smartphones and tablets connected to your computer network. More connections put more strain on your network, which could cause problems. If you notice your network or server operating slower than usual, it’s an indication to upgrade to a newer, larger one.
Choosing the Right Computer Network Solution for Your Business
When it comes to computer network services and support, Invision is Kansas City’s top resource for business. Let’s discuss which network type is right for your company. Not only do we offer personalized consulting, but also can install and maintain your network for the long run through all your business’s growth stages.