Network Deployment

Network Deployment

5 Steps to a Successful LAN Implementation

by

Syed Ali

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May 29, 2019

A local area network - or LAN - encompasses computers and other devices that connect to a server together at a specific location - whether an office or a commercial environment. Devices use LAN connections in the business to share resources. You'll find more than one computer able to connect to the same printer in a business environment, and this is done on the local area network. Mobile devices and computers can also be connected this way, and a LAN can work for as many users as you would like. So, if you have a business packed with one hundred staff members, they can all share the same connection.

There are a lot of components that allow people to connect to the internal servers, and these are made up of switches, routers, and cables that will connect everyone together. A local area network can transfer your business data far more quickly than an office telephone line can, but there is a limit to the number of computers that can be supported. There is also a limit to the distance in which data can be transferred. With the help of telephone lines, local area networks can also connect to other local area networks, and this can be done with radio, satellite, and telephone lines.

This is what is called a wide-area network or WAN. The biggest WAN in the world is the internet, as it connects everyone everywhere as long as an internet connection is available. The most significant difference between a LAN and a WAN is that the LAN uses wires and cables that can be a considerable issue and get in the way. A WAN does all the same things as a LAN, but without any of the wires to worry about.

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The Proper Protocol For LAN Implementation

There are currently a variety of LAN protocols that are popular today, and the most popular one is the Ethernet protocol. There are others, too, and those are

  • Token Ring
  • Fiber Distributed Data Interface
  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode

However, the Ethernet protocol is the most popular and nearly every single business out there uses this protocol. Ethernet is a widely implemented option because of how simple and flexible it is. It's known as the 4th Dimension because it can be talked about as a specific protocol, or it can encompass a variety of Ethernet implementations. The implementation of the Ethernet protocol can be done without much education of it, and it's why more businesses today use it as their primary LAN protocol. Smaller and medium enterprises both utilize the Ethernet protocol, but that doesn't mean that larger organizations can't use it, especially as there are three variants of Ethernet protocol: 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1000 Mbps.: 10 Mbps,

LAN Talent Required

LAN WAN Engineers are the right IT professionals to have on the books if you are looking to implement new protocol or maintain existing protocols. They support the local and wide area networks for the business to ensure smooth running connectivity. There is a specific skill set required to ensure that the business needs are met at all times, and a LAN WAN engineer implements their skills with their expertise in telecommunications for the best productivity. These computer network specialists work closely with the rest of the IT team to understand networks

and have a better, more detailed knowledge about the LAN or WAN in the business. They need to have the right public and personal skills for interaction with both companies and the questions that come from the public. Most LAN WAN Engineers need to be able to work to a time limit, and they need to be as detail-oriented as possible. Some of the knowledge that they need to have includes:

  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership skills

All of these will work hand in hand to ensure that the whole network runs as smoothly as possible. Your LAN WAN engineer of choice should also be able to employ the expertise to figure out how to avoid running into difficulties, with governance skills that will enable them to keep the team performance at a high level.

Five Steps To Successful LAN Implementation

Equipment

First, you need the right equipment to set up your LAN. This includes:

  • A router
  • Ethernet cables for every device you want to connect
  • A computer
  • Devices
  • A broadband connection, router, and modem (if looking to connect to the internet)

Begin by plugging in the network router and turning it on. If it's a brand new one, follow the steps on the box to get it plugged in and ready for use.

Connect The First Computer

If your router is a brand new one, you need to set up your computer to connect to the router, and you can do this via the Ethernet cable. A Windows PC should automatically prompt you with a setup wizard for your first connection, but you can find it in the Network and Sharing Centre in the settings area under the control panel.  On a Mac, System preferences can house this setup, and you can go from there.

Set Up The Wi-fi

The automatic setup wizard will hopefully take you step by step through the process so that you can have the internet up and ready to go. Once you have the Wi-fi working, the devices connected to the Ethernet cables should be able to run on the internet, too.

Connect To The Internet

Every single device connected to the LAN needs to be set up with passwords to connect successfully to the internet. Otherwise, you will be left with half of a business who have no idea why they cannot get to the internet and why it's not working for them. Make sure you password protect and have the right firewalls running for safety.

Connect The Remaining Devices

Any printers or mobile devices that require an internet connection can all be connected to the LAN so that you are all able to use it effectively.

Bring on extra help to ensure that this process runs as smoothly as possible!

If you are in the market for on-demand LAN installation, consider how FE can help. With the best LAN engineers available now, you can enjoy a well-connected business that remains efficient. Contact us today, and let's talk about how we can help.

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