Information technology needs for small businesses have changed a lot in recent years. With cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, small companies can get by with less equipment.
Whether it is about connecting with customers or collaborating with employees, the right IT equipment can help a small business function more efficiently.
Here is a list of some essential IT equipment for small businesses:
An Internet Modem:
The word 'Modem' is a misnomer and stands for Modulator-Demodulator. A modem enables you to browse the web, stream videos, and download files by connecting your computer to the internet.
There are internal and external modems. External modems are usually connected to the back of your computer using a USB port, while internal modems are installed inside your computer.
If you have a small business, we recommend getting an external modem to avoid potential problems with your computer's internal components.
A Wireless Router:
The router is a small yet essential office equipment connecting an internet modem to the company's network. An internet modem may sometimes function as a router. On the other hand, a standalone router offers several advantages.
It can provide better security for your network, and businesses can also use it to create a guest network. Each device on a network gets its IP address if the router is used. It is critical for shared printing and scanning applications.
A router prioritizes voice traffic over other traffic for companies that use a hosted VoIP phone system, allowing for as clear a conversation as possible.
A router may also be a piece of equipment that provides Wi-Fi access to a section of the entire workplace.
In cloud computing, many organizations have already implemented every aspect, with no servers to be found in the workplace.
Typically, a few servers host in-house databases such as ERP systems, document management systems, and data marts.
Individual computers can use servers for file sharing and a local data backup location. Of course, a comprehensive data backup plan should include an off-site component.
Desktop and Laptop Computers:
These are the business workhorses, and there should be enough for every employee who needs one.
In most cases, it may be possible to get by with a laptop for each employee, as they can often be taken off-site and used from home or on the road.
Employees will need access to email, word processing, spreadsheet applications, and industry-specific software.
Employees may also need access to a printer on their desk, although in some cases, it may make sense to have a central printer that everyone uses.
Network Attached Storage (NAS):
Cloud storage is great, but sometimes you need to keep data on-site for security or compliance reasons.
A NAS gives everyone in the office access to the shared files, and you can even set up automatic backups to the cloud.
NAS devices are usually much cheaper than buying an equivalent amount of storage from a cloud provider. They offer an additional benefit of working offline if the internet connection is down.
Additionally, NAS devices often come with built-in backup software, which can be a great way to ensure that your data is always safe.
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