Local Area Network (LAN) is designed to handle a single grade network within a controlled space, like an office building or floor. You only need enough processing speed to handle the day-to-day operations of your section.
Wide Area Network (WAN) is designed to unite the localized LAN network (a single building) to a larger network (a neighboring building or buildings around your location). This allows some segregation of tasks and in localizing your staff based on their duties and responsibilities.
Campus Area Network (CAN) unites several LAN networks to bridge the gap between several systems over a significant geographic location. This is usually limited for the largest organizations spread out over a city, state, continent or overseas.2. Does your office layout impose physical restraints when establishing your network? When building your network, at whatever level, there are 4 levels of transmission media that you need to establish: coaxial cable, twisted pair cable, optical fiber and wireless. For most LAN networks, twisted pair cables and wireless transmission will do just fine. They are convenient inexpensive and the most basic form or data transmission. Coaxial cable and fiber optical cable are designed for high speed transmissions and, as a result, are more expensive and harder to install. Coaxial cables are thick and require much space to install and keep them protected. Fiber optic cable is thin but fragile and require secure locations for protection. 3. What networked applications do users rely upon most and how much bandwidth will you need to support it? It’s best to serious assess your business model or future goals to figure out if you have the right software and bandwidth for the users you’ll have accessing your network. For most LAN systems, Cat 5, Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables are the best options. Fiber optic cables rely on 802.11n for the fastest processing. Refer to IEEE standards or a qualified network servicing organization to meet those needs. If you have further needs to enhance your networking system and require more advanced equipment, remember to have these items clearly established into your network: the switch (which distributes the data messages transmitted through the network to the designated receiving devices), a router (which sends data messages outside of your network to other local routers, such as with emails, websites or order forms) and an NIC, or network card (which sends and receives data on behalf of the specific device the card is attached to, for identification purposes). 4. What’s your budget? When trapped within a budget, or in need of staying frugal, it is important to make sure that you have the right equipment to meet your needs without breaking your allocated bank. It’s best to start with the minimal systems requirements to meet your current demands. Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be able to determine whether you have the time, money, and resources to invest or upgrade your current telecom system. Questions about what you need or looking to upgrade your system? SingleSource Communications is a professional telecommunications servicer qualified to give you proper direction in the determination, purchase, installation and maintenance of your equipment and overall network. Give us a call or contact us today!