The cheat sheet for small business networks

The cheat sheet for small business networks

The key steps to setting up a small business network

11. Don't get a T1

Unless there's absolutely no other option, don't bother with a T1. Business-class cable or DSL will suffice, and they offer much more bandwidth for a much cheaper monthly cost.

12. Host the website somewhere else

Don't even think about trying to host the website. Your Web presence needs to operate even when you don't, so pay the few dollars a month to a reputable hosting provider and let them handle the redundant bandwidth, power, and server needs.

13. Don't confuse users with employees

Unless an employee is spending the majority of their day in front of a computer, they're not a user -- they're an employee. When sizing hardware and software, calculate your requirements based on the number of people that will actually be served, not the number on the payroll.

Naturally, every business has nooks and crannies that the above rules can't fill, but by and large, a business in a single location with fewer than 100 users can get by just fine with these simple rules. There's a fine line between being cost-conscious and putting the business at risk with shoddy hardware and software, but dealing with those issues is part and parcel of operating a small business. Some parts of IT can stretch pretty far without breaking, while others are not to be trifled with. Knowing which you're dealing with is the key to doing it right.

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