If you find yourself using external USB Drives, or
CD's, DVD's to copy files from
one computer to another, then you need a LAN.
If you have several computers, but only one has Internet access,
need a LAN.
If you find that you have the same document stored on several
computers and can't keep track of which computer has the latest
copy, then you need a LAN.
If only one of your computers has a CD/DVD-R or CD/DVD-RW drive and
you want to burn a CD/DVD from some other computer, then you need a LAN.
In a nutshell, a Local Area Network, or LAN, is just two or more
computers connected to one another with cables or over a Wireless
Connection. The resources that the computers share can be just about
anything, from a printer, Internet access, disk space whatever. The
practical time and money-saving advantages of owning a LAN are
many, including the following:
- If only one PC in the LAN has a printer, a
CD/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD-R, CD/DVD-RW, or Zip drive, every PC in the
LAN can use that hardware.
- If only one PC has Internet access, every PC
in the LAN can access the Internet through that one Internet
- You never need to use CDs or any other
type of disk to copy files from one computer to another. You can
move and copy files from one computer to another on the LAN
using drag-and-drop techniques.
- If several people work with the same data
such as a customer list, inventory list, or orders all this
information can reside on one PC, each user in the LAN will have
access to this always-current data.
- If you have a large collection of pictures or
music files, you need store them on only one computer in the
LAN. You can view, edit, and play those files from any computer
on the LAN.
One of the big drawbacks to a traditional Ethernet
LAN of course, is having to run those cables. In your home, they are
not a pretty sight. In an office environment, where you might not be
so concerned about some extra cables, you still have to worry about
creating trip hazards and such.
However, even the cables are optional these days! Wireless LANs are becoming
more common both in Homes and Small Offices.
There are many advantages to setting up a LAN. The big concern for
most people is how complicated it is. The truth is, networking can
be a pretty complex subject and many large corporations have
specialised Network Administrators whose main job is to build and
maintain the network.
There was a time when the cost and complexity of creating a LAN was
too much for the average home or small business, however, if you
have two or more PCs there are many cost effective reasons for
linking them via a LAN, and MyComputerMan can help you do that.
MyComputerMan can help you decide on the solution which best suits
your location, whether it be a Cabled LAN or Wireless LAN, we can
design and build a Computer Network Environment in your Home or
Office, and MyComputerMan can also help with after Network Support
to help you to Administer and Maintain your Network effectively.
This Service is Only available within
the Oxfordshire area, however, if you are outside of this
area please call us on +44(0)1865 522523 or
use the Contact form to get
in touch as something can usually be arranged.