A network is by definition a system or group in which the components interconnect in some way. Common familiar networks include railroads, whose tracks interconnect at various points, and familiar retail stores which are located in various parts of an area, state, or throughout the country.
The internet is undoubtedly the most famous computer network and is in fact a group of smaller networks which are interconnected. The first step to building an office computer networking system is to obtain a broadband service like a cable or DSL type of internet connection and then choose and secure an internet domain name from any one of the available domain registrars. It is important to choose a name which projects a professional image as opposed to the more common names like yahoo or gmail. After this is the addition of a router and modem.
With that in place, an office computer networking system can be designed. A computer network is a group of computers that are interconnected for the purpose of maximizing the usage of their hardware resources, and a common example of a simple networking system is a printer which is shared among several computers, thus avoiding the need to purchase other printers.
Other hardware resources that are often shared on business computer networking systems are fax machines, scanners, and CD burners. One of the primary advantages of computer network installation is the ability to share internet access, documents, meetings, calendars, and access to email programs, all of which combine to increase business productivity.
Office computer networking systems have become an indispensable prerequisite for any efficient business in the modern world.
They allow employees to actually work as a team by sharing information, having access to the same database, and constantly keeping in touch. For best results, a lot of meticulous planning and forethought is vital before installing a networking system.
First the organization or business needs to know and then clearly describe its requirements including how many people will be using the network, how many will use it within the office and how many may require remote access from a different location, what other devices will be connected to the network, what are the specific needs of individual departments and who will be responsible for running and managing the network. It is also helpful if the company can anticipate in what direction the company will go in the near future and the potential growth factor.
Issues with the technology need to be discussed and analyzed in advance, including factors related to software, hardware, switches, cables servers, back-up devices, and network operating systems. In addition any required licenses to run the software must be in place before installing the computer network.
A dedicated staff of technical support, either within the organization or by contract with outside consultants, should also be organized when office computer networking systems are installed. Responsibility for network management should also be clearly delegated before installation as well as a security mechanism which will secure corporate data and lock out viruses.