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9 Essential Items When Creating a Small Business Network Yourself

9 Essential Items When Creating a Small Business Network Yourself Essential Items Creating Small Business Network Yourself When designing a computer network for a small business these following items must be considered.  When all pieces are in place, you will have a network that is reliable, scalable, and efficient. Network Switch This is what makes the whole thing work.  All devices that will be connected to the network connect to this piece of equipment.  This device is crucial for allowing more than one network device communicate with other network devices.  This can also include wireless access points that allow wireless network devices to connect with the network. Firewall/Router This device is what connects your network to the Internet and protects your local network from Internet traffic.  These can be separate devices.  Most simply put, the router directs all network traffic.  It takes information from one computer and knows how to make that information go to another computer. The firewall is the device that determines what the information is and if it should allow information to go from one computer to another.  The firewall and the router are two separate entities; however you will often see these packaged in one single device. Server A server is the central computer that handles the needs of all the network devices.   In most cases a server acts as a central file location.  It can also perform the duties of a database, an email server, and a print server. Disaster Recovery Plan and Devices Disaster recovery consists of having backup devices and plans in place in case something does go wrong.  This will usually...