Setting up a network can be easy if planned correctly, but it can still present challenges depending on the equipment to be networked and the knowledge and experience of the installer. My nearly 20 years of training and experience working on small and large networks allows me to troubleshoot problems, resolve issues, and recommend solutions. Whether it’s a wireless issue, a router or networked printer problem, a computer that won’t connect to the internet, issues setting up a network, or a network design question, I can help.
Networks involve multiple pieces. At a minimum you need a connection to the internet through an ISP (internet service provider) – usually through a cable modem (Comcast or Wave) or a DSL modem (Century Link or Frontier) and a computer. Questions that need to be answered are:
- Do you want a wired or wireless network? While wired networks are generally faster and safer, when set up correctly, a wireless connection can be a better solution because it avoids the challenges of running wires and the visual clutter. Some people are concerned with the radiation that comes from wireless devices. Given all the potential vectors for exposure to unsafe radiation, most people accept that the risk of harmful exposure from WiFi radiation is relatively low, but having a wired network minimizes that risk. Note: Many modems from your ISP have WiFi turned on automatically. It needs to be turned off manually in order to disable it.
- How many devices need to be connected to the network? In general, you will want all your devices (laptops, tablets, phones, desktop computers, printers, streaming devices, etc.) on the same network. Normally, that means connecting all your devices to a single router (usually the Usually that just means having everything