When people talk about “computer networks” all sorts of phrases pop up and things can get very complicated very quickly leaving you baffled by technology.
Networks can be used to provide simple internet sharing and printing solutions or can offer a centralised administration and management system for your business allowing data, resources, internet connections and much more to be shared
between many users.
We can advise you on what type of network is suitable for your business, what impact it will have, and the benefits to your business. We can advise, supply and install your network, maintain it and repair it meaning you only have to deal with one company.
We can offer an extensive range of wireless, and wired networking, and can even offer Virtual Private Networks (VPN) allowing you to access documents at your office from the comfort of your own home.
Wireless refers to the way your computers connect to the network, and it can provide flexibility within your workplace, allowing laptops users to work anywhere there is desk space – even outdoors. Wireless capabilities can be added to any computer system, however wireless laptops are generally more popular as users can work remotely from any wireless internet connection.
POE (Power Over Ethernet)
POE is a system that allows devices (Such as IP Surveillance Camera’s) to be powered with just a network cable. You need a special (not expensive) network switch, and a POE enabled device and where traditionally you would need a network cable and a power socket, you can just have a network cable – and that’s it, simple!
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPN’s allow users to work from a remote location such as home and access your office computer systems as though they were in the office. A VPN can give a user access to printers, Documents and programs on your internal business network and is becoming increasingly popular. Microsoft Small Business Server includes VPN software.
Microwave Networks are high powered wireless networks that can cast your network’s data across long distances where a standard network could not reach without repeaters. While you could run a fibre optic cable across these lengths this becomes expensive and has more points of failure compared to the Microwave Network. This works by having an antenna that would broadcast the wireless signal and then other antennas connect to that wireless signal to establish the long-distance link.