Tips For Designing A Local Area Network

Designing a Local Area Network or LAN, is a large project, even if you are designing it for a smaller company.

Designing a Local Area Network or LAN is a large project, even if you are designing it for a smaller company. However, it’s easy to get carried away during the process and end up with an LAN that doesn’t get the job done. Here are some of our tried and true tips for designing an effective LAN.

Match the LAN to the Customer

What level of IT expertise does your customer have? If the answer is little to none, don’t invest a great deal of your time in setting up added features and functions that won’t get any use. Adding extra bells and whistles into the network can just mean a headache for you when the customer calls asking what they are. Spend time with the customer before the LAN design to get a grasp of what their level of IT knowledge is.

10 Gigabit Ethernet or Not?

10 Gigabit Ethernet is one of the latest advances in the world of Local Area Networks. While higher speeds are possible, that doesn’t mean that your customer will use them. Many LAN designers mistakenly purchase high-end equipment with amazing capabilities and then it is completely wasted. If an existing 100 Mbps network is running at 5% capacity, there is no need for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Thoroughly evaluate the customer’s network and usage before choosing the right equipment for them.

Redundancy Matters

Every year, as more business moves online, network downtime becomes even more catastrophic. Design your LAN with a great deal of network redundancy from both a physical and logistical perspective. If the LAN design does not hold up in reality, you can expect a call asking about the network downtime right away.

The Right Network Management Tools

Network management tools are fantastic for keeping networks up for the longest amount of time possible. These software packages are inexpensive when contrasted with the cost of extended downtime. Choose a network management tool that meshes with your customer’s needs.

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