Tips for building your network
When an office network is being configured, whether it is a new build or an expansion of an existing set-up, there are several things to consider:
What is the desired performance of this network? How many devices will be utilized? This includes the total number of computers, printers, servers, and VoiP and wireless devices.
Where will the devices be located? Is the equipment located in the same office building or are there buildings located in multiple locations? Knowing where the devices will be situated will help determine the number of switches and routers your network will require. Switches allow for connection of equipment within the same location. Routers are the secure gateway to each facility.
Is there a chance that the network will need to grow to accommodate more devices? Some examples of growth include additional computers or wireless devices for employees, additional security options, and storage expansion. It may be wise to choose equipment whose functionality can be quickly and easily expanded. Any unit, whether it be existing or added to the network, should be compatible with the rest of the set-up.
Network equipment can be purchased from a multitude of sources:
- Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) design equipment specifically to industry standards. Products are cutting-edge, readily available, and expensive.
- VARS/Channel Partners have all the tools and resources for large scale application or campus build-outs. They can provide a suite of options both in research and support, and they traditionally have longer lead times.
- Independent IT Hardware Resellers offer the largest array of networking equipment options: new and used, EOL, and the latest and greatest. Their hardware is available at a substantial cost savings and usually comes with the longest warranties.
Read more about VARs/Channel Partners and Independent IT Hardware Resellers here: http://level4solutions.com/blog/choosing-buy-network-hardware/
New and pre-owned equipment comes with various warranties. Protect your entire network with an extended maintenance plan. OEM support is robust and effective, but the resolution process can take days or weeks. Third-party maintenance plans are cost-effective and yield quick results.
Level4 helps our customers make educated decisions on their network purchases. We take the time to discuss how your equipment will be utilized now and in the future.
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