Important developments have stressed the need to plan and develop a computer network carefully to avoid nasty replacement or upgrade costs not long after implementation. Have you heard any of the following words or acronyms and felt confused: VLAN? 10G? GBIC? Layer 3 Switch?
The poor old computer network not so long ago only had to worry about computers chatting together, the odd server and a few printers. What has happened now is that telephones (SIP, VOIP – same thing), CCTV, Door Access and Building Management Systems all sit on the network and use IP to talk. Lights are also on the horizon using Power Over Ethernet.
What this means is the computer network and the switches that are used and connected and also programmed really do now need to be considered. For instance, you don’t want your CCTV to start slowing down your access to a server or to the Internet, do you?
If you find this new hybrid of computer networking confusing, then please do get in touch. We have consultants who can design your cabling, whether fibre or copper, to give you the speed of connectivity your network will likely need. We can also select the right switches that will allow the speed you need and also the configuration required to make sure your network performs at its best.
Also part of our infrastructure service portfolio is wifi provision and troubleshooting. We visit many clients who have had a wifi network ‘evolve’, mainly through lack of understanding from incumbent suppliers. If it’s a new wifi network or troubleshooting an existing one, we have the skills, tools and experience to sort it out for you. Point to Point (PtP) wireless networks are also a common requirement now, connecting two buildings together at the right speed and also in the right way for your network.
To find out more or book your first meeting, give us a call on on 01524 385800.