Tips for the Small/Home Office
By Joshua Erdman
Digital Foundation has provided some important tips for small offices and home computers. Since small businesses usually cannot afford to employ their own System Administrator this page should definitely come in handy.
Improve Network Performance
Use a switch to separate the hubs. This will reduce overall network traffic. The article below explains it in more detail:
Article: Switches vs. Hubs
Lower Internet Connection Costs by Sharing
I have run across many Small Offices that have dial-up for all their computers so each employee can get e-mail and information from the Internet. If you do the math here:
$13 per phone line
This quickly adds up to $25 per user each month. DSL costs are down to $30 monthly. With the speed of DSL you will save all kinds of money, employees can get the data they need from the Internet faster, you can get rid of all those extra phone lines, and you can share the DSL connection over the local network.
Using Windows XP
Windows XP is by far the best Windows Operating System to date. It is easy to use and very robust. Read up on our Windows XP features article for more information.
Anti-Virus software is a must have for EVERY computer. Read our Anti-Virus Article for more information
Security is very important, especially for a business. Good security ensures protection of a company's intellectual property and protects computers from the spread of viruses. Best practices require that you use a firewall for your internet connection and always use a strong passwords that are changed often.
Digital Foundation provides Security audits, please visit our website for more information.
Article last reviewed: 12/30/2005