Have you ever sat down at the computer to catch up on the news only to hear your kids complain that they need to check Facebook? Or discovered that you can’t e-mail your sister because your teenage daughter is finishing a term paper? A network is a great solution for homes that need multiple computers. A network will allow you to maintain multiple computers that can share files, a printer, and even an Internet connection.
Networks aren’t just for computer geeks and large businesses anymore. Families find that multiple computers facilitate in homework, shopping, keeping in touch, and other computer applications. A collection of random computers with no inter-connection, however, doesn’t take advantage of key benefits. Networking is the best way to make everyone happy.
You may be thinking that a network involves cutting into your walls, running thousands of feet of wire, and causing a big mess. Well, not anymore. While cables may still need to be used in some instances, your home can typically be equipped with a high-speed wireless network. This system will connect your computers and peripheral devices in the easiest and most effective way available.
Once you are set up with an inter-connected network of computers, what next? Here are a few of the benefits of having a network in your home.
Sharing files is a major benefit of having a network. Users on a “secondary” computer can easily access saved work that they completed on a different machine. Having files stored on a network system also helps to prevent catastrophic loss — there is a built-in redundancy that may save you a few headaches. Other files, such as movies, music and photos, can be networked to play on your computers, stereo system, and your HDTV.
Another benefit to networking is simplicity and cost-savings. Rather than having a different printer for each computer, networked computers can share a centrally located printer. Internet connections can also be distributed to other computers through a wireless router. Other hardware devices, such as DVD burners, can be shared. Peripheral computers can still get the job done without all of the bells and whistles of your main system.
Another great benefit to a network is security. Parents can keep tabs of inappropriate behavior via a networked computer system. Parental controls, Internet security systems, and filters can be installed to work on each computer in your network. Parents maintain a certain level of control over a computer that may be located in a child’s room or other private location.
Networking is a great way to step into the 21st century. Families are becoming more and more involved in the technological world. Multiple computers were once reserved for a select few. The affordability and wide-spread availability of the personal computer has made it possible for all families to customize a system to meet their needs. Computer Problem Specialists is available to help you through the setup and maintenance process — call us at (928) 468-0000 for a free consultation.
It’s time to get connected!
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.