Network Types and Hardware

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When deciding on what network would be best for your business, you must first understand that in today’s organization’s network infrastructure, which is a collection of many different networks from the public switched telephone networks to the internet to corporate local area networks linking together the workgroups, departments, and office floors in an organization (Microsoft Online Encyclopedia, 2009).

For having the network setup at your main office you need the Windows Server, a high speed internet connection, which can be obtained from an internet service provider, and a router for any wide area networks that you may obtain for your office (Lowe, 2007). For your remote site you can go with a FAT Client, thin client, two-tier, three-tier, or n-tier, which are specific types of client/server that differ largely in how and how many processing layers are implemented in a client and server programs (Piliouras, 2004).

There are many networks that are available for your business to use but I will provide you with the recommended networks.

The first network is a local area network, LAN for short, which is a network that connects devices over a relatively limited area (Shelly & Vermaat, 2008). With a LAN it will cover a small group of your nearby buildings. The second is a wide area network, WAN for short, which is a network that covers a geographically dispersed area (Shelly & Vermaat, 2008). These two networks are different in many ways. Even though LAN and WAN are the more popular network that are used there are also other networks that you can go with. Just to list a few are wireless local area network, metropolitan area network, and system area network (Microsoft Website).

ReferenceDifferent Types of Networks (n.d.) Microsoft Search Retrieved March 4, 2009 from (2009) Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia Retrieved...