Guide

Computer networking

Introduction

Even the smallest businesses can take advantage of computer networking. For example, by setting up a network, they can share files and software resources among multiple computers, share the cost of peripherals such as printers and scanners, and 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 if you want to add more computers to your network. Even business phone systems can be connected to a computer network.

This guide explains the basics of networking and outlines the potential business benefits of the different solutions available. It also highlights the need for effective security measures whatever type of network is used.