How To Set up a Home Office Network: The Overview

How To Set up a Home Office Network: The Overview

This is a multi-part series to explain in simple language the process of connecting to the internet and setting up a home network.

The Overview – Includes a checklist. Looking for the basics? Start here.
Part 1: Get Service – Choosing an internet service provider
Part 2: Get Connected – What equipment is necessary for connecting one or more machines to each other and the internet.
Part 3: Get Secure – Securing your network from hackers and pests. (coming soon)
Part 4: FAQ – Submit your questions in the comments or using our form. (coming soon)

Who is this for?

This article is targeted towards the non-techie Average Joe. It will help someone with zero to low understanding of technology set up a home office network from scratch or expand their network to include multiple devices. I have tried to make it as basic as possible, but also give you the foundation required to expand your knowledge and network as required.

Getting Started

When it comes to setting up a network there are many ways to skin a cat. It can get very confusing very quickly, but I am going to try to simplify it for you. We’ll start with the following questions. Don’t worry, I will help you answer them.

  • How much speed do you need?
  • What service is available?
  • How many computers or devices do you need to connect?
  • Where are these devices in relation to each other?

Keep the answers to these questions in mind as you go through the rest of the process.

The checklist:

1. Get Internet Service

? Internet Service Provider (ISP) – Required

2. Get Connected

? Broadband Modem (aka gateway, router)– Required: Often provided by the ISP

? Switch/Hub – Optional: Only necessary if you plan to connect more than one device

? Network Cable/Wireless – Required: Chosen by you

? Network Interface Card (NIC) – Required: Often built into the computer or device

? Networked Device – Required: Usually a computer, but can include printers, personal digital assistants (PDA), media players, network storage devices, etc.

3. Get Secure

? Firewall – Hardware
? Anti-Virus
? Anti-Adware/Spyware
? Wireless security

Be sure to read the rest of this series:
The Overview
– Includes a checklist. Looking for the basics? Start here.
Part 1: Get Service – Choosing an internet service provider
Part 2: Get Connected – What equipment is necessary for connecting one or more machines to each other and the internet.
Part 3: Get Secure – Securing your network from hackers and pests. (coming soon)
Part 4: FAQ – Submit your questions in the comments or using our form. (coming soon)

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