Why you need a computer network.
If your business has more than one computer, chances are you could benefit from networking them. A local area network (LAN) connects your company's computers, allowing them to share and exchange a variety of information. While one computer can be useful on its own, several networked computers can be much more useful.
Implementing a network is not a trivial or inexpensive undertaking. There are numerous questions you need to ask yourself. The most important element to keep in mind when designing your network solution is to make sure that it will meet your users' current needs in addition to being easily "scalable," that is, capable of future growth.
Here are some of the ways a computer network can help your business:
Have you ever needed to access a file stored on another computer? A network makes it easy for everyone to access the same file and prevents people from accidentally creating different versions. And you won't have to worry about where you left that floppy disk!
If you use a computer, chances are you also use a printer. With a network, several computers can share the same printer. Although you might need a more expensive printer to handle the added workload, it's still cheaper to use a network printer than to connect a separate printer to every computer in your office.
Communicate and collaborate.
It's hard for people to work together if no one knows what anyone else is doing. A network allows employees to share files, view other people's work and exchange ideas more efficiently. In a larger office, you can use email and instant messaging tools to communicate quickly and to store messages for future reference.
If you have several computers but just one phone line, a network makes using the Internet much easier. Several computers can share one modem to use the same Internet connection. Or you can even install a dedicated high-speed Internet connection (such as a cable modem or DSL) for your network.
Save your data.
You should know by now that it's vital to backup your computer data regularly. A network makes it easier to backup all of your company's data on one set of tapes, CDs or other backup systems.
Of course this isn't a complete list -- once you have a network, you'll probably find many other uses for it. And once you get used to the benefits of a network, you'll never look at your computer the same way again.
The next level of networking involves buying a server. A server is basically a powerful computer that handles the flow of information among all of the other computers on the network.
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