Small business network equipment
It is not a difficult task to chose small business network equipment. Network loads are usually not that high while hardware capabilities are on the constant rise.
So most brand name manufacturers will have decent products for this segment. Still there are a lot of traps you want to avoid while building and configuring your network.
– Buying to expensive corporate network equipment
Number one reason why corporate network solutions are expensive is not performance or stability or even features. Prices are high because of support levels they imply. So big companies pay a lot of money to be sure that in cases of network failure they will have a certified support technician working on the problem in the blink of an eye. Chances are your small company will have a pretty basic network setup and you won’t need a top of the class technician to come to your office and press that router reset button.
– Buying to much equipment with features you don’t need
We see this all the time: network admins with profit in hardware sales convince small business owners to buy IP firewalls, multiple switches and routers, deep packet inspection hardware and what not. As a rule of thumb, your small business isn’t that much different then your home in terms of network requirements. So if you don’t have a piece of hardware at home, you should ask the question of why you need it in your office.
– Not investing in network infrastructure
Don’t expect your network equipment to compensate for poor cabling, malfunctioning network sockets or interference.
Having a poor network infrastructure might result in various network problems that are hard to detect and resolve.
– Over configuring your network
Keep it simple and only add services on your network as you need them, instead of configuring and enabling all sorts of mechanisms just in case you need them.
– Poor documentation
Always request detailed documentation of your network configuration. You should have good labeling on your hardware, as well as every detail of your firmware configuration as well. This will allow other technicians to administer your network when needed and not lose valuable time on trying to understand the setup.