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If you are a network administrator working for an SMB or enterprise level company, the idea of setting up a high-speed network for your business has probably crossed your mind. The biggest obstacle, of course, is the costs of installation.

With the advent of Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 MB per second) and its recent price democratization, coupled with services like Google Fiber taking down many traditional ISPs, a high-speed business network is easily within reach.

Here are a few key tips on how to install a high-speed wireless network at your company.

1. Understand Data Types

Internet and intranet traffic is increasingly heavy when it comes to data usage. Modern Internet traffic is comprised of video, graphics, gifs, multi-layered content and other heavy (or “rich”) data types. With slow Internet connections, even moderate internet or intranet usage can begin to slow everything down. Raising your throughput (creating a high speed network with gigabit connections) helps to stave off low performance within your internal business network.

2. Understand How Gigabit Supports Duplex Operations

At their most basic level, networks are comprised of servers, switches, routers, modems and computers. Within this network, packets of data travel: from routers to switches, switches to servers and nodes, hypervisors, and more. As traffic travels from device to device, it can cause the overall network speed to slow down. Upgrading your network to a gigabit connection allows for full-duplex operations – switch-to-switch and switch-to-server – without any speed degradation. Understanding how gigabit helps to support your network through the strengthening of speed performance is key to building a rock solid high-speed business network.

If you are tired at looking at network monitoring reports which show lagging throughput and spiked signal failure due to heavy data clogging, gigabit is worth looking into.

3. Understand the Flexibility of Gigabit

One of the best things about upgrading to gigabit Ethernet for your business is the ability to leverage already existing technologies to determine exactly where upgrades are needed. For example, a network manager can choose to forgo upgrading an entire network in favor of only upgrading those areas with key blockages, while still making use of existing switches to maintain service performance levels in other parts of the network.

Targeting key areas of blockage which require higher throughput rates – the kind of speed supplied by gigabit connections – allows a network manager to relieve stress on a network without breaking the bank. At the same time, this will help set up an effective path for long-term full network upgrades.

4. Long-Term Benefits

How long has your company been using the same slow Internet connection? The majority of companies on the market are likely to answer somewhere between five to ten years. Often, companies or providers will go to great lengths (and expense) to upgrade or replace in-office software, update hardware, or replace old or outdated equipment… and simultaneously neglect upgrading the actual internet connection allowing them to do business. The newest equipment on the market can’t do much if it’s strangled by low speed connections.

With Internet traffic becoming heavier and the physical devices that traffic routes through become stronger, it doesn’t make any sense to keep using a slow connection which will only hinder capabilities and lessen productivity.

In the long run, when it comes to traffic, finances, and productivity… gigabit Ethernet just makes sense.

Bay Area Computer Solutions provides managed IT, data services, and network management in the San Francisco Bay Area – and can work with companies nationwide. We’d be happy to speak with you more about high-speed business networks and what they could do for your business. Give us a call at (650) 887-4601 or contact us online today to schedule your consultation!

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Published on 22nd June 2015 by James Berger.