Small Business Networking Resources

The network is a critical component to help you start and grow your business, but choosing the right network and optimizing it can be complicated. Learn how to make the right decisions for designing and maintaining your network so it can help your business thrive.

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Networking basics

A network connects computers, mobile phones, peripherals, and even IoT devices. Switches, routers, and wireless access points are the essential networking basics.

How does a network switch work?

Switches are a key component of many business networks, as they connect multiple PCs, printers, access points, phones, lights, servers, and other hardware.

How to set up a network

Learn the basics so you are ready to develop a clear plan to build your small business network.

8 steps to configure your network switch

Follow these 8 steps to configure your network switch.

How does a router work?

Understand the role that a router plays in your network. Learn about the different types of routers.

What is a wireless network?

A wireless local-area network (LAN) uses radio waves to connect devices such as laptops and mobile phones to the Internet and to your business network and its applications.

What is switch vs. a router?

Switches create a network. Routers connect networks. The two pieces of equipment look similar and perform some similar functions, but each has its own distinct function to perform on a network.

What is an access point?

Understand the importance of how a wireless access point enhances your network and what role it plays. Learn more about the different types of access point configurations.

Affordable 10 gigabit ethernet for small businesses

You may have heard of the 10 Gigabit network, but does your business actually need it? And can you afford it? Here are some basic facts about 10 Gigabit Ethernet and how you can migrate your network to 10 Gigabit within your budget.

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Security resources

Security threats may be the biggest IT challenge facing growing businesses today. You need to be able to detect and respond to threats, and better protect your users against increasingly complex threats. Our resources are here to help you understand the security landscape and choose technologies to help safeguard your business. 

Collaboration resources

For your business to grow, employees and customers must be able to connect and communicate. But with so many collaboration tools available, how do you choose the right ones? These tools and articles will help you make important communication decisions to help your business scale and stay connected.