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Planning Your Network

When you're planning your network, you need to consider several things. Here are some of the more important decisions you need to make before installing your network:

  • What resources need to be shared? Do you have a small environment in which you want to share a single printer, or do you have a larger environment and the need to share multiple peripherals as well as many files and/or databases?

  • How fast should your network be? Do you frequently share very large files or print large CAD or graphics files?

  • How large is your network? Are you connecting only two or three computers and one printer, or will hundreds of users be accessing your network?

  • How much distance will your network span? Are you creating a small network that's fully contained in one building, or do you need to connect to computers and other resources located in different cities or countries?

  • Do all your computers run the same operating system, or must you connect various types of computers such as Windows and UNIX-based systems?

  • Is your network small enough so that each user will be responsible for his or her own computer, or will you have one or more individuals responsible for administering your network?


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