It’s a world of networks we live in these days, from the globe-spanning Internet to something as small as Bluetooth, which can connect your cellphone to that headphone in your ear. But when it comes to networks in the office, there’s more than one option. In addition, installation and maintenance can be complex and time-consuming. You’d be wise to consult with an IT services company to make the most of this technology.
Professionals think of networks in terms of layers, much like a wedding cake. The bottom layer is the physical medium that carries data between computers, printers and other devices. You may also hear the term client-server. This describes a higher layer of the network, where desktop computers, aka clients, call on file servers and printers, for instance, to provide them with well-defined services.
There are essentially two choices here, copper wire (cables) or radio waves (wireless), each of which has its own advantages. Wire provides a completely private, dedicated channel, which enables it to move data at extremely high speeds. But stringing wires through an office can be disruptive, and each time a new computer gets added or moved to another room, this wiring may have to be changed.
Wireless networks, using radio waves, have the great advantage of flexibility. No wires means you can relocate devices almost as you please. Unfortunately, radio waves don’t necessarily reach every corner of an office building full of walls and cubicles. What’s more, neighboring wireless networks may interfere with your network’s signals, resulting in a slight decrease in speed.
Not to worry, though, as a good IT services company can help plan an office network with just the right combination of cables and wireless access points. Get your network off to a good start with the networking experts at Net Plus Consulting. Visit our website or call us at 212-461-3300. We’re always happy to help.