Guide

Computer networking

Introduction

Even the smallest businesses can take advantage of computer networking. For example, you can set up a network, share files and software resources between multiple computers, share the cost of peripherals such as printers and scanners, or use additional, network-attached storage space.

Creating a network is relatively simple. For a basic network, you need a solid internet connection and a computer connected to a router, either wirelessly or with an Ethernet cable. You will need other components if you wish to share files, peripherals and storage, or add more computers to your network. You can even connect business phone systems to a computer network.

This guide explains the basics of networking. It outlines the potential business benefits of using networks, as well as some common network security issues.

It also offers some practical tips to help you assess your networking needs and requirements and decide between the different types of office networks.