The internet is one of the most important components of every business these days, so you need to make sure you set up a stable network before you even start your business. Setting up an internet connection for your small business may sound confusing if you’re not a tech-savvy person, but it’s actually as simple as getting out of your bed in the morning.
By the end of this article, you’ll wonder how you could ever think that connecting internet hardware was difficult. Here’s everything that you need to set up your small business network infrastructure
Once you get an internet package from your desired ISP (Internet Service Provider), they’ll give you a modem necessary for data transmission. You can purchase a modem separately if you want, but you need to get one to physically connect to the internet.
You can get a DSL modem, which will connect your computers or your router to a telephone line, or you can get a cable modem, which may be a better choice for your business, as it supports faster speeds.
You need a router to connect your business network to the internet. You can get one or more routers, depending on your needs, but several should suffice until you scale up. Routers have built-in firewalls, so they will protect all your devices from various cybersecurity threats. You can also use your routers to connect two different office networks, which is perfect if you have a branch at another location.
A switch is similar to a router, but it actually connects all the devices in a single business network and enables them to communicate with one another. You should definitely get one, as you and your team will be able to seamlessly share information between all your connected devices.
You’ll need Ethernet cables to connect your routers and switches to your modem. You can use a wireless connection, but Ethernet cables are a much more reliable solution for a business. A wireless connection may be more convenient, but the physical connection of Ethernet cables enables much faster connections between devices in a network.
In addition to that, Ethernet cables provide much more stable connections. Wi-Fi is known to be inconsistent in that matter, so you should definitely consider getting network cables. The most reliable types to choose from are Category 5 and Category 6.
Patch panels are devices that have a lot of Ethernet jacks, all of which are usually of the same type. These devices are used to connect a large number of computers and other network devices to a server, and they are usually kept in a server room. They’re also great for monitoring circuits and troubleshooting.
To connect your devices to servers through a patch panel, all you need to do is connect each Ethernet cable from your routers and switches to their matching jacks in the patch panel.
Once you install all this internet hardware, you’ll be able to connect your business to the infinite internet. Simple, isn’t it? The best part? You can do it all in less than a day, so start right now and take your business to a whole new level. For help with day-to-day managed IT services for your small business, reach out to Solution Designers today!