Published On: Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016

They Said It Isn’t Possible. But Here’s How To Build An IT Network That Never Fails!

All businesses, even those that get considered “micro” enterprises, have an IT network. In a nutshell, it comprises of LAN and Internet connectivity. Plus, it also includes devices like printers, photocopiers, and NAS systems.

Let’s face it. There aren’t many people that do most of their work using pen and paper. The only times they get used are for writing notes while on the phone. Or drawing doodles when people are bored! Despite the advantages of a modern IT network, some people find them frustrating. Why? Because they aren’t always reliable!

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a 100% reliable network? And wouldn’t you love not having to worry about system crashes when you were out of the office? Many IT-centric people may tell you that isn’t possible. But, I’m going to play devil’s advocate today and tell you that it IS! Want to know how? Keep reading to learn more.

Only use “best of breed” hardware

The first thing you should know is that a network is only as reliable as the hardware running on it. For example, if you use cheap consumer-grade routers, expect network traffic to slow down. And if you’re thinking of allowing scores of users or devices over those same devices, stop! Consumer hardware only gets designed for light usage.

To combat those potential problems, only use best of breed enterprise hardware. Sure, it’ll cost more to buy than what you can get from your local computer store. But, you won’t have to worry about network bottlenecks. Or hardware that stops working due to it overheating from excessive use!

Embrace Gigabit Ethernet

These days, one can install 10/100 (Fast Ethernet) or 10/100/1000 (Gigabit Ethernet) networks. The latter makes a HUGE difference to local or Internet data transfers on their networks. To be honest, the cost difference between the two isn’t significant.

Many of today’s modern devices have support for Gigabit Ethernet built into them. It’s of particular benefit to audio and video editing companies. And those that transfer a lot of data between databases and servers.

Install a backup power solution

If the power went down in your building, would you panic? Chances are, the answer would be yes. Even if you didn’t, you’d still find it hard to work if you couldn’t use any powered devices like your PCs.

The good news is that you can install a UPS (uninterruptible power supply). In layman’s terms, they are one or more batteries that offer backup power.

They can sense when the power goes down and automatically take over. Some systems, such as the Riello UPS devices, can provide minutes or even hours of power. Others give you enough time to safely shut down your computers and servers.

Have more than one Internet connection

For many firms, the Internet is an essential way to communicate with the outside world. Most small businesses only have one direct connection to the Internet. It makes sense to have at least two. And they should both be fiber connections.

First of all, you can balance the load of people going online. That means there will never be an Internet slowdown experienced by everyone. And, second, if one connection goes down, your office can still use the other one.

By following the above strategies, you’ll have a reliable IT network at your premises!