Networks

Networks range in size and complexity. APM Communications can cater to your needs in terms of complexity and security and ensure a stable networking environment for your business to run on.

Wired/Cabled networks

Check the FAQ link to see why you would still have a wired network, but any networking expert knows the myriad issues that can occur and prevent great communications. The physical layer is still the most important, like the foundation of a building that takes a long time to complete and without it the building does not stand, cabling and physical connections are what all other network layers rely on.

There are right ways and wrong ways! Doing it right is more important than you think, and has dire effects when done poorly. If you are unsure if your network is physically installed correctly, call to make an appointment for a network assessment.

Wireless networks

Again, check the FAQ link to learn more about wireless networking. Essentially the main issue is Full-duplex vs Half-Duplex. Like anything, proper planning makes all the difference!.

Wireless networks can be tricky due to the nature of radio waves. If you have an office in a steel shed and concrete walls in between all the offices, you will have connectivity issues. A bit like sound, there are some materials that the waves will pass through easily, and some not so.

What are the main issues when setting up wireless networks:
  • security
  • channel interruption
  • wireless protocols for WAP's and devices
  • congestion due to the number of devices
  • WAP placement for best coverage in your environment
APM Communications can help with all the above with our thorough understanding of wireless networks. If you are unsure if your wireless network is secure, optimized, or configured correctly for your environment, call now for a network assessment to see how things can be improved.

Core network devices

Routera device used to create direct links between two or more networks that determine, through various means, the best path to direct traffic in order to send data.

Example: A router is the device that sits at your house and connects your internal network to the internet. A very basic router you have at your home or office will have one port for the ADSL connection and one network connection.

Switch – a device used to centralise connections to various devices on the same network, in order that they may speak to each other to share data. A switch is commonly a stand alone device with 4 or more ports lined up next to each other. Larger networks will have switches with up to 48 ports that are linked together in order to create very large networks of computers sharing resources.

Example: In your home or business, your ADSL router may have a 4 port switch built in to minimise how many network devices you require.

Wireless Access Point (WAP) – a device used to enable wireless connections to your network so laptops, tablets, smart-phones and other such devices can connect and share data.

Example: Often with an antenna, your ADSL router can be a WAP, and possibly have a switch built in also. In more complex networks, WAP's are stand alone devices.