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The How-To Guide: Setting up Your Small Business’s Computers

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You finally got the space you wanted! You finally got the go-ahead to start installing things in the commercial space you’ve had your eye on. The next few steps after that are going to be both exciting and a bit challenging. But one of the most crucial steps in this business adventure is how to set up your computers. No matter what business you have, you’re going to need computers.

That’s a given. But you can’t just bring in your laptop or have your employees bring in their laptops without setting things up first. Whether you let people take their work home or not, the computers for the job have to be outfitted for the job. This means software, networks, hardware, and security. Remember, the name of the game is secure connectivity so that everyone is on the same page. Here’s how to do it. 

Hardware 

First, you need the proper hardware. Depending on your business, you’re going to need a fairly powerful set of tools. Of course, if you’re running an architecture firm or a design studio, you’re going to be focusing on top-notch graphics cards and 3D-CAD rendering capabilities.

But according to Office Consumer, for most admin and data-focused jobs, you should have the most up-to-date set of processors and memory that’s available in the market. If you’re going to invest money in computers, you’re going to want them to have the longest possible lifespan. You’re going to want fewer problems as you push your small business forward. Nobody wants outdated problems. Get something fairly new. 

Network

Next, you need to set up the network. Once you get the router, read the instructions carefully. If it’s wired, you’re probably going to connect your computer to the router through the Cat 5 cable. Once you do that, run the software that came with the router and follow all the instructions to a T.

After, you can repeat the same process with all the other computers that you’re planning on getting onto the network. To set up the network connectivity, go to “Control Panel”, then “Network and Internet”, and finally “Networking and Sharing”. You should see a link saying “Set up a connection or network”.

From there, all you have to do is follow the instructions. The same general principles work for a wireless network except you’re going to be connecting through WiFi and adding computers by connecting to it. The same “Network and Sharing” steps apply. 

Security 

The next step is to make sure your network is secure. Getting a VPN for your business allows you the protection you need to get your work done with peace of mind. Even a mid-level VPN can offer a ton of protection compared to none at all. If you’re out in a coffee shop and you’re trying to log into your company portal through public WiFi, someone can steal your data. That’s a fact. You can protect yourself, your assets, and your interest by investing in a VPN. 

Once you’ve got all this down, you should be up and ready to work! You can add and subtract the computers on your network as you please. Play around with some of the options you have. Get familiar with the computers. Once you do, you’ll have a lot less to worry about. Good luck!

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