Archive for the ‘Professional Networking’ Category

Should I Use Video Conferencing?

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Small businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve upon their business and benefit both their staff and their clients. With technology constantly advancing and evolving, new options are available for small businesses to utilize in order to move ahead in their industry. One way for small businesses to gain a positive reputation and increase their overall productivity is through video conferencing. Video conferencing may seem like a difficult application to utilize, but it can really be simple to use and easy to utilize.

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What to Consider When Setting Up a Small Business Network

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Business NetworksWith technology advancing faster than you can blink an eye, the myriad ways to set up your network and advance your business’ initiatives and needs can be overwhelming. It used to be that you could connect a bunch of desktop PCs to a single file server. Today, a functional small business network should at the very least include high-speed internet access, backup storage, and more.

 

So how do you decide what to do when it comes to your networking needs? There are five things you want to keep on your list as you set up a new computer network for your business.

 

  1. What’s the purpose of your network? Is it meant to connect all computers in your small business locally? Or is it meant to allow remote access as well? Will each computer have its own set of applications and data or will there be a central server for everything to be stored? To best understand what your needs are for your small business network, think through the functions your employees will be asked to perform using the technology available.

 

  1. What’s your budget? Computers are cheaper than they were twenty years ago, and certainly more powerful. However, a professional network setup may include routers, switches, wi-fi hot spots, cabling and firewalls, servers, external hard drives, cloud services, and more. These can easily rack up the dollars, especially if you buy equipment that won’t work with your existing hardware and software or simply don’t know how to install. Sometimes, a small business company can benefit from bringing in small business networking experts to help identify the best tech solutions for your needs.

 

  1. Have you thought about your security needs? When we say security needs, we mean spam blockers, anti- virus and malware software, data encryption, server protection, and more. Depending on your needs, you may even need special rooms that are access-restricted so your servers and hardware remain protected.

 

  1. Along those same lines, do your staff members know how to use the technology? What about what your business considers proper use of company networking resources? Training can go a long way to ensuring staff understands how to use your network and avoid malware and viruses.

 

  1. Lastly, as technology continues to evolve, computer networks need to be maintained and updated to continue operating effectively. If you don’t have a dedicated network staff member, this can easily turn into a full-time job for another employee whose attentions are better served elsewhere. Sometimes, it makes sense to work with a small business networking expert, so that you can focus on what you need to do while knowing that your network is in good hands.

 

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in commercial and residential audio and video installations for an array of clients within Maryland. We have created custom audio and video systems for apartments, hospitals, airports, stadiums, corporate businesses, restaurants, residential homes and more. Our clients rave about our quality, craftsmanship and affordability. If you have any questions about putting together a professional network setup for your small business in Maryland, give us a call at 410.242.0000.

 

Source: http://www.gettingyouconnected.com/5-things-to-consider-when-setting-up-a-small-business-computer-network/

Why Should I Have my Home Electronics Professionally Networked?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Networking in homes and offices has become more popular since people gained the ability to start sharing over wifi and realized the benefits of being networked to every available electronic. Wireless networking is especially popular, though it can sometimes be difficult to do wireless networking yourself. Electronics tend to be finicky and can present problems to those who don’t work with them professionally or on a daily basis. Having someone who knows the ins and outs of your home electronics can be incredibly helpful when you’re attempting to network everything together. What can having your home networked do for you?

  • File sharing – Sharing files in your home is one of the biggest perks of home networking. You can share music, documents, photos, and more with anyone else who is on your home network. The great part about being able to share is the ability to back up your work. Accidents can happen at anytime and technology can crash. Having backup files on another device is crucial.
  • Accessory sharing – When you wirelessly network your home, it gives you the ability to use any printer, camera, scanner, or other accessory hooked up to the network. Convenience has never been so easy. You’ll never have to worry about switching computers to print out a document or emailing yourself things so you have the document on another computer.
  • Entertainment – Now that many video game consoles are developed to support Internet, you can easily network to play games as a family, video share, and more. This is also true of some DVR systems and other types of electronics.
  • Mobility – If your home is wirelessly networked, you have the option to take your laptop anywhere in your home and still be able to print, scan documents, and file share. Home networking gives you the freedom to move around your home and get work down where and when you want.

Home Networking Maryland

When you’re ready to network your home, you’ll want to have an expert make sure that all of your sharing devices are networked properly and will work together seamlessly. For that, you’ll need to call the professionals.

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years of experience in commercial and residential audio and video installations for an array of clients within Maryland. We have created custom audio and video systems for apartments, hospitals, airports, stadiums, corporate businesses, restaurants, residential homes and more. Our clients rave about our quality, craftsmanship and affordability. If you have any questions about professional home networking in Maryland, give us a call at 410.242.0000.

Source: What are the benefits of networking?