Niagara Network Services
If you have more than one computer in your house, Niagara Networking Solutions will help connect all the computers in your home with your current internet connection. We design a suitable home LAN (Local Area Network).
What is Local Area Network?
It is a set of connected servers, desktop PCs, printers, cables, hubs, switches, routers and other peripherals. These connected devices allow sharing of applications, documents, spreadsheets, databases, printers, Internet access, email, corporate information and more with integrated needed security.
What are the Fundamental Network Capabilities?
Niagara Computer Servivces is trying to get people to think of networks in terms of functions rather than equipment. A Network contributes to your organization’s efficiency and effectiveness by virtue of the functions that it performs. Even if you are not ready to completely overhaul your network, Niagara Computer Services, can upgrade parts of your network without disrupting the whole system. To understand networks, broken down into their components, please read the descriptions below.
File Sharing is the most common function provided by networks and consists of grouping all data files together on a server or servers. When all data files in an organization are concentrated in one place, it is much easier for staff to share documents and other data. It is also an excellent way for the entire office to keep files organized according to a consistent scheme. The new Operating systems such as Windows XP, and 7 allow the administrator to grant or deny groups of users access to certain files.
When printers are made available over the network, multiple users can print to the same printer. This can reduce the number of printers your organization must purchase, and maintain. Network printers are often faster and more capable than those connected directly to individual workstations.
E-mail has become an indispensable part of today’s business world. Internal or “group” email enables staff in your office to communicate with each other quickly and effectively. Group email applications also provide capabilities for contact management, scheduling and task assignment. Designated contact lists can be shared by the whole organization instead of duplicated on each person’s own computer; group events can be scheduled on shared calendars accessible by the entire staff or appropriate groups. Equally important is a network’s ability to provide a simple organization-wide conduit for Internet email, so that your staff can send and receive email with recipients outside of your organization as easily as they do with fellow staff members. Where appropriate, attaching documents to Internet email is dramatically faster, cheaper and easier than faxing them.
Through the use of a shared modem(s) connected directly to the network server, fax sharing permits users to fax documents directly from their computers without ever having to print them out on paper. This reduces paper consumption and printer usage and is more convenient for staff. Network faxing applications can be integrated with email contact lists, and faxes can be sent to groups of recipients. Specialized hardware is available for high-volume faxing to large groups. Incoming faxes can also be handled by the network and forwarded directly to users’ computers via email, again eliminating the need to print a hard copy of every fax – and leaving the fax machine free for jobs that require it.
In our increasingly mobile world, staff often require access to their email, documents or other data from locations outside of the office. One such function is a highly desirable network function, the Virtual Private Networking (VPN), which uses the Internet to provide remote access to your network. Niagara’s Computer Servivces will build and supply any type of Computer Network Model. We will survey your present equipment ( Computers, printers, scanners, Operating Systems software, disk capacities, memory chips etc) and assess your needs based on the volume of your operations and recommend one of the following suitable Network Models.
Peer-to-Peer networks are typically installed in smaller offices. A Peer-to-Peer network links each computer together and allows sharing of files and resources on an individual basis. Each workstation is responsible for regulating and sharing its own resources; be it a printer, a fax/modem, important data, or something else. All software programs are run on each computer locally. Peer-to-Peer solutions have a lower cost in hardware: all you need are cables, network cards, a hub and net-workable operating systems like Microsoft Windows® XP and Windows 7. Adding new resources to the network is simple, usually involving adding additional workstations, or installing new software packages. The drawbacks of the Peer-to-Peer model are higher ongoing administration costs, limited security, scalability and virtually non-existent fault tolerance.
client Server networks are comprised of servers — typically powerful computers running advanced network operating systems; and user workstations (clients) which access data or run applications located on the servers. Servers can host e-mail; store common data files and serve powerful network applications such as Microsoft’s SQL Server. As a centerpiece of the network, the server validates logins to the network and can deny access to both networking resources as well as client software. Servers are typically the center of all backup and power protection schemes. While it is technically more complex and secure, the Client-Server network is easier than ever to administer due to new centralized management software. It is also the most “scaleable” network configuration; additional capabilities can be added with relative ease. The drawbacks to the Client-Server model are mostly financial. There is a large cost up front for specialized hardware and software. Also, if there are server problems, down time means that users lose access to mission-critical programs and data until the server can be restored.
Network Design and Installation
An intelligently planned computer network empowers a small organization to run more smoothly and efficiently. It assists your staff in keeping their work organized by establishing consistent procedures for the creation storage and production of documents and other data. Effective email, faxing and document sharing systems facilitate communication among your staff as well as between staff and their outside constituencies. A good network centralizes your organization’s key information resources and — with a thorough backup system — protects the products of your staff’s long hours of work from disasters such as power outages or other contingencies. Having a well thought-out and properly implemented network is a lot like having an extra personal assistant for everyone in your organization. Niagara’s Computer Servivces, specializes in custom-tailoring networks to meet the specific needs of each of our clients. Whether you’re installing a new network from scratch or upgrading your organization’s existing information technology, we will be happy to work with you to ensure that the result meets our definition of an intelligently planned computer network.