18. May 2012 16:25
Computer networks are an integral part of any office- big or small. While big organizations generally have enterprise networks with thousands of users, involving a complex array of servers, systems, links and the like, to meet all their networking needs, small companies need to work at a much smaller level, which should be highly organized.
A typical small office network would consist of around a dozen or two computers, along with other essential components like a server, some networked printers, and network access. Such computer networks need to strike the perfect balance between functionality and affordability. Considering that most organizations have just one or two persons running the computer network, after a one-time establishment by a consultant, it is imperative for such a system to be as simplified as possible.
One of the most important applications of an office network is the sharing of information between users. It also enables the use of a single printer or any other peripheral device by multiple users. Such a network works well on a single LAN, accompanied by around two servers. It is essential to accommodate a scope for future expansion when establishing an office computer network.
The following elements are essential in such a network:
- Data transfer- This can be done using mail, instant messaging, webpage, user call, etc. The end user generates the message, which is later fed to the network.
- Interconnecting medium- In order to facilitate data transfer, it is important that there be a wired or wireless medium to connect the devices to each other. This can be in the form of copper/ optical fibers, or electromagnetic waves.
- Network and end user devices- The end user device, which could be a client computer or an IP phone, is used to send data to the network. The network devices, which consist of routers and switches, work in tandem with the medium, to ensure that the data reaches its destination.
- Set of protocols- The protocols are responsible for organizing the communication between the end user devices. These consist of the IP protocol and the TCP protocol. When an end user needs to send data, a line of communication based on a predefined set of rules, is established between his device and the other device. These protocols are set up by the network administrator to manage operations within the network.
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