The first task of a network administrator at a startup is to build an internal business network that will power all the data created, saved and secured by your employees. While there are many ways to do this, there are a few mistakes to avoid:
Your first mistake is assuming the installation of a high-speed network powered by gigabyte Ethernet hardware/connections will prove too expensive for your budget. With Ethernet enabled switches costing roughly $50 per pop, high-speed wireless network routers costing around $50 and general gigabyte ISP providers costing as little as $150 per month, gigabye Ethernet is a cost-effective choice, especially for businesses thinking long-term.
Mistake #1: Assuming gigabyte hardware is too expensive.
If you have been following the latest in network news, you’ll know about Verizon, AT & T and other traditional ISPs fighting tooth-and-nail against gigabyte network speed connections. Unfortunately, their arguments stem mainly from a resistance to change, not out of valid criticisms. The gigabyte wireless high-speed network is the wave of the future.
If you can choose to utilize Google Fiber or a provider which offers gigabyte Ethernet connections, you should. At the moment, the average Verizon network speed is less than 300 Mbps and the average Comcast network speed is less than 305 Mbps. With the average Google Fiber connection clocking in at 1 gigabyte on any network monitoring software, going with Verizon or AT & T because they are traditional, more trusted ISPs is to hobble your network’s potential in a big way.
Mistake #2: Sticking with a traditional ISP.
Wireless networks and WIFI routers have made household and SMB networks easy to set up. While most residences and businesses in the United States use wireless networking for fast Internet (100Base-T running at 100 Mbps), true gigabyte Ethernet connection runs ten times faster (1000Base-T). While wireless routers offer single or multiple ports for a physical gigabyte cable (Cat 5, Cat 5e or Cat 6), most households and companies are fine with wireless.
Even though most fast Internet devices advertise as reaching 230 Mbps, the truth is those numbers dip in a real world setting, depending on the type of packet data being sent. In most cases, a typical 802.11n port will experience bottlenecking at less than 100 Mbps. When talking business, that simply isn’t good enough.
Cabling is expensive. A Cat 6a Ethernet cable will run roughly $300 per 1,000 feet. Likewise a Cat 7 will run roughly $625 per 1,000 feet. Frankly, the expense is an investment your company needs to make. It’s the only way to ensure a network that will truly meet your needs.
Mistake #3: Taking the cheaper option instead of investing in cables.
Remember, you don’t need to upgrade the entire network. Instead, it might be best to upgrade select ports, switches and routers to support gigabyte connections while the rest of your network utilizes already existing fast Internet connections.
To do this, utilize a network monitor to determine which switches and routers can be upgraded to gigabyte Ethernet connections. Choose the hardware which pushes the most traffic consistently, and leave the rest of your network alone.
Not only does this improve throughput through your network, it also builds a path for system-wide gigabyte upgrades.
Mistake #4: Believing you must upgrade the entire network at once, rather than what needs upgrading right now.
When building your business network, you want to make the right choices from start to finish. Bay Area Computer Solutions can help! Give us a call at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today! We’ll make sure your company’s productivity isn’t hampered by a network that isn’t functioning to the level you need.