Designing And Installing A Network Without Sweating It Out

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Designing, installing and implementing a network can be easy or hard; just hire an IT expert in the first before things get out of hand. The difficulty of it actually depends on the number of people using it! If you need to install a network for your home, it is as easy as getting a fiber line from your service provider, connect it to a modem and a router. You could be done in fifteen minutes!

However, on the other end of the spectrum, if you are designing a network for a school, it may take comprehensive planning and up to a month to fully install, test and implement. Here are some factors to consider when designing and installing a network, so with these knowledge, you'll be able to work with your service provider at the same level for best results.

Factor in the current number of users and double it

This is crucial for schools or for places with a huge number of users. Lets’ assume the school you are designing the network for, has a thousand students. You have to build a network that can meet the capabilities for two thousand of them! This is because the students might all be streaming video and guests might be in the school. All of these uses up a significant amount of bandwidth and the only way the students will have a good time using the network are when the network is able to provide them with good quality speeds. Always plan for higher than expected usage, or else be prepared for complaints about slow speeds from users.

Utilize network management tools

You will never know how the network is performing in every part of the school if you do not have the capability to monitor them. Do not react only when you receive complaints! It is important to install and use network monitoring and management tools when designing and implementing a network. These tools allow you to monitor the whole network and it informs you if a part of the network is down. If you do not have these tools installed, you may take hours to pinpoint the cause of the error yourself.

Have redundancy planning

Do not be that person who did not design a backup plan when implementing a network. Sometimes, networks have to have scheduled maintenance or sometimes one of the core equipment fails unexpectedly. Do consider using load balancers, dual switches and routers when designing a network. This way, a network incident can happen but the network will still function well. It is good to be prepared!

Have proper documentation

Treat others the same way you would like to be treated upon. If you are the one designing and planning a network, do provide a detailed and comprehensive documentation so that the staffs who are taking over you in the future will have an easier time getting to know the network. Also, when a network incident occurs, the last thing you want is having to look at your own documentation and finding that the documentation is messy or lacking anything. Having proper documentation enables you to resolve incidents and problems quickly and efficiently, and should be a factor everyone should consider when designing and implementing a network.


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Designing And Installing A Network Without Sweating It Out

028c7c6ccfbd0420bd51f55b_640

Designing, installing and implementing a network can be easy or hard; just hire an IT expert in the first before things get out of hand. The difficulty of it actually depends on the number of people using it! If you need to install a network for your home, it is as easy as getting a fiber line from your service provider, connect it to a modem and a router. You could be done in fifteen minutes!

However, on the other end of the spectrum, if you are designing a network for a school, it may take comprehensive planning and up to a month to fully install, test and implement. Here are some factors to consider when designing and installing a network, so with these knowledge, you'll be able to work with your service provider at the same level for best results.

Factor in the current number of users and double it

This is crucial for schools or for places with a huge number of users. Lets’ assume the school you are designing the network for, has a thousand students. You have to build a network that can meet the capabilities for two thousand of them! This is because the students might all be streaming video and guests might be in the school. All of these uses up a significant amount of bandwidth and the only way the students will have a good time using the network are when the network is able to provide them with good quality speeds. Always plan for higher than expected usage, or else be prepared for complaints about slow speeds from users.

Utilize network management tools

You will never know how the network is performing in every part of the school if you do not have the capability to monitor them. Do not react only when you receive complaints! It is important to install and use network monitoring and management tools when designing and implementing a network. These tools allow you to monitor the whole network and it informs you if a part of the network is down. If you do not have these tools installed, you may take hours to pinpoint the cause of the error yourself.

Have redundancy planning

Do not be that person who did not design a backup plan when implementing a network. Sometimes, networks have to have scheduled maintenance or sometimes one of the core equipment fails unexpectedly. Do consider using load balancers, dual switches and routers when designing a network. This way, a network incident can happen but the network will still function well. It is good to be prepared!

Have proper documentation

Treat others the same way you would like to be treated upon. If you are the one designing and planning a network, do provide a detailed and comprehensive documentation so that the staffs who are taking over you in the future will have an easier time getting to know the network. Also, when a network incident occurs, the last thing you want is having to look at your own documentation and finding that the documentation is messy or lacking anything. Having proper documentation enables you to resolve incidents and problems quickly and efficiently, and should be a factor everyone should consider when designing and implementing a network.


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