Small businesses have come a long way since the days of the "sneaker net," when a tired floppy disk served as the only means for sharing files among employees. As we become more reliant on computers, e-mail, and the Internet to do our jobs, local area networks (LANs) have become an essential resource for growing businesses - whether they're based in a home office or a downtown skyscraper. If your employees need to share applications, files, printers, databases, or an Internet connection, you're ready for a LAN. We've pulled together the best material from inc.com to help you get the basics on wiring your small business.
Chances are, you'll be hiring a consultant to install your local area network. But even techies can get fooled by incompetent or unscrupulous consultants. Here's what you need to know before you hire one. Also, check out the resources at the end of the article to get started on your search for the right consultant.