Computer networks

We can design and implement your required setup for home or office.

Wireless, Wired or a combination of both.

High Throughput Networks (Gigabit) or standard Networks.

Standard or Client Server Setup.


A Typical Computer Networking Setup

Networking doesn’t happen without hardware. First comes the networking adapter, hardware required in order to interface the PC with the network. Wire-based networks need wire, obviously. And all networks, wired or wireless, need hardware that makes up a central location, or hub, where all the wires are connected or wireless signals go to complete the network.

This figure illustrates a typical network layout. At the center of the network is a combination wireless base station and router. The router is connected to a broadband modem that’s connected to the Internet. The router is also wired into one PC and a printer. Two additional PCs access the base station by using wireless Internet.

A typical network layout.

A typical network layout.

The network setup illustrated in this figure is typical but not standard. The network you create may look similar, be all wireless, be all wired, or have more or fewer components. This is all good news because the network can be configured to your needs. It’s very flexible.

Network Setup – Peer-To-Peer Vs. Client-Server (By Steve Campbell)

The next step in how to set up a small business computer network is deciding whether to make it a peer-to-peer setup or a client-server one. Both networks connect computers so that resources can be shared between them. The fundamental differences are in the setup configuration.

Peer-To-Peer Setup

small business computer network

In a peer-to-peer setup, every computer acts as both the client and the server. Each computer communicates directly with the other computers in the network and resources can be added or removed. A peer-to-peer setup is much more common in the home.

Equipment You Will Need:

Setting up your network peer-to-peer only requires you to have a router (possibly with wireless capability) and the necessary Ethernet cords to run the router to the modem and from the router to all of your computers.

Settings You Will Need:

Depending on the operating system your computers may be running on, you should have some built in functions for a network. In Windows, for example, you can opt to put all computers on the same Workgroup (XP) or Homegroup (Windows 7) and enable print/file sharing. The built-in Network Setup Wizard in the control panel will walk you through your setup.

Client-Server Setup  (By Steve Campbell)

small business computer network

In a client-server setup, multiple clients (computers) connect to a single, central server. Public data and applications are only installed on the server and the clients connect to the server to use the resources. This type of setup is more typical in larger offices or businesses.