If you’re ready to finally take the plunge and become your own boss, props to you. You have an exciting journey ahead! But one of the first things you’ll learn is there’s a lot to learn. And speaking from experience, working with hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses on the regular, we have something in mind you should learn first: Networking.
And no, we’re not talking about those free breakfast events with the local chamber of commerce. Although that is important, this is a different kind of networking. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty and teach you the basics, shall we?
What is Networking?
Even the most non-tech-savvy people have computer networks in their homes without realizing it. A computer network is when a group of devices, whether that’s multiple computers, the Xbox, your Fire tablet, your phones, printers, etc. are all operating in synch on a wired or wireless connection like a router.
So, similarly, for a business computer network, you need a way to have all your devices talk to each other, share data, and allow you to access the information in the same way you do with your home network. However, you typically need higher-powered tech than your home network, simply due to the amount of data being shared.
Basic Small Business Networking Products We Love
So, now that you understand what a computer network is, what devices do you need to create your own small business computer network? Here are a few suggestions:
You definitely already have an idea of what this is if you are connected to wi-fi at home. A router is your gateway to the world wide web. While your internet provider may give you one, it’s recommended that you buy a more reliable router for greater connectivity power via Wi-Fi 6 technology.
Trusted Tech: NETGEAR Orbi Pro SXK80 – Wi-Fi System – 802.11a/B/G/N/Ac/Ax – Des (SXK80-100NAS)
A switch is a piece of technology that connects all your devices so that they can talk to one another. This is one of the most critical parts of a small business network! The HPE Aruba switch technology is designed to be easy to use even if you’re not tech savvy, so it’s a great option for those starting out on their business journey! Check out this blog about the Aruba InstantOn 1830 switches for more details.
Trusted Tech: HPE Aruba Instant On 1830 48G 24p Class4 PoE 4SFP 370W Switch – Swi (JL815A#ABA)
Wireless Access Point(s)
Wireless access points (WAPs) are a small device that extends the reach of your wi-fi connection. So, if you like to take calls while walking on the treadmill, but your office is across the house, you can place a WAP in your workout space to ensure the signal is just as strong there. The key to starting a successful business is no dropped calls!
Trusted Tech: HPE Aruba Instant ON AP22 (US) – Wireless Access Point (R4W01A)
To keep it simple, the firewall is what keeps your data safe. It manages the flow of information and traffic on your network and can alert you of dangerous activity or cyberattack attempts, as well as prevent the flow of sensitive information out.
Trusted Tech: Cisco ASA 5506-X With FirePOWER Services – Security Appliance (ASA5506-K9)
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If you’re new to the business world and have never managed your own computer network before, it can seem daunting. But with a reliable tech supplier on your side, you’ll be able to get up and running in no time. Browse our stock of networking equipment today to discover more of our trusted tech recommendations for a secure business network.
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