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Setting up a small business network can be a simple task. The information below can be used by any small business wanting a simple file and print sharing office. If your needing more than this, then I would recommend engaging outside help for assistance. If you do this, select a computer company that will suit your long-term needs.
For help on networking your computers, go to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/ and select "Setting Up Your Network".
If you are going to be connecting the computers to the Internet, I would recommend purchasing a Network Firewall. Setting this up will require outside help, as it's not always an easy task.
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Is this still an open issue for you?
There are so many good things you can do with your Network. It depends on you,
for eg: you can have wi-fi, using remote desktop, working from home to connect to your office desktop.
It is up to you what you want.
firstly I suggest, have network design in place. If you need help let me know I can be of help to you.
Thanks, rakyatech. I actually took NetworkGuru's advice and started at Microsoft's website. I was a little intimidated at first, but we managed to get the basics completed. Right now, I think we have all that our little flower shop needs, but I quite honestly hadn't even considered wifi or remote access. Maybe we'll grow into that soon. Thanks for the thoughts and taking time to reply...
While it is pretty strait forward to set up your network using a DSL or Cable router with a few computers, always consider security especially with WIFI (Spammers love open networks). You can also look into buying a small NAS, they are innexpensive faster that IDE drive and some are wireless as well:
Hope this help,
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We have several desktop computers for our business, and we use different computers for different functions. I like the idea of a "shared drive" so we can access all the functions and files from all the computers, but I have no idea how to do this. Is this something I can do myself (I'm reasonably tech smart) by reading a guide or do I need to pay a Geek Squad or someone to come in and do it for me?