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A router connects the company to the rest of the world, safeguards data from hackers, and even determines which devices prioritize others.
FREMONT, CA: Switches and routers are the two most important pieces of equipment to have when setting up a small office network. Despite their identical appearances, the two devices serve different purposes in a network.
Switches make resource sharing easier by linking all equipment in a small company network, such as PCs, printers, and servers. These connected devices may share information and communicate with one another owing to the switch, regardless of whether they are in the building or on campus. Without switches to connect devices, it is impossible to build a small business network.
A router joins many switches and their separate networks to make an even more extensive network, just as a switch connects multiple devices to form a network. These networks might be found in a single site or spread across several, and one will need one or more routers to set up a small business network. The router allows networked devices and many people to access the Internet in addition to connecting multiple networks. In the end, a router acts as a dispatcher, coordinating traffic and determining the most efficient path for data packets to go across a network. A router connects the company to the rest of the world, safeguards data from hackers, and even determines which devices prioritize others.
Here are some pointers to help one construct the finest network possible for the small business.
• Consider using enterprise-level switches and routers. Consumer or home networking products will not be able to provide the reliable connections the small business requires, nor will they be able to keep up as the company grows.
• Invest in a network that will expand over time. Firms can add additional features and capabilities, such as video surveillance, integrated messaging, wireless applications, and voice over IP (VoIP), as the organization grows with a network that scales with it.
Technology should assist in working more efficiently, not divert the attention away from other vital issues. Switches and routers that are simple to set up, use, and manage are ideal. Switches with integrated power, for example, allow one to deploy equipment such as wireless access points anyplace there is a network wall connector. Businesses will not