When you run a home Internet business, your home Internet configuration is important.
Imagine, for example, you were a delivery driver. You’d want to keep your vehicle well maintained with regular check-ups and plenty of gas in the tank.
When you’re running an Internet business from home, your Internet is your business vehicle and it’s vital that you keep it well maintained. Internet problems can be frustrating, and can even lead to loss of work or slower customer service.
So, what are some steps you can take to keep your home Internet configuration healthy?
Plan Your Network Layout
It’s easy to think that because you’re running a business from home you don’t need to worry about things like network layout.
In fact, paying attention to your network layout is important for networks of any size. Planning your network layout in advance means you’ll have the right resources in place to run all the devices you need.
Some things to consider include:
• The type and number of devices you want to connect;
• The layout of your home;
• The amount of coverage you’ll need (for a wireless network).
Armed with this information you can choose the best hardware, such as routers, to run your network with maximum efficiency.
Keep Your Information Somewhere Safe
If you need to reset your network for any reason, either because of an upgrade or an unforeseen problem, the last thing you need is to waste time hunting down valuable information.
Keeping a log of all the information you might need will save you time in the long run. Make sure to include your router settings, passcodes and passwords, IP addresses and SSIDs.
Pay Attention to Security
Internet security tools, such as anti-virus software, matter.
However, you should also pay attention to the security of the network itself. This will prevent other people from being able to steal your internet bandwidth or, even worse, your data.
Keep your network secure by:
• Changing your router’s SSID (unique name);
• Setting a secure router password;
• Changing the default password for your network administrator account;
• Setting a different IP address for your router.
Automate When You Can
As the article “7 Vital Tools for Efficient Network Automation” points out, automating network tasks can save you both time and money.
Not to mention that automating tasks means that they’ll get done without needing to add them to your to do list.
Some network tasks that you can automate at home include security scans and patch updates, managing devices, and creating network configuration backups.
Perform Regular Checks
There are plenty of free tools that will test your internet speed so you can see if your network is running at its best.
In addition to this, take the time to check for any unrecognized devices, open connections, malware, and even simple things like your physical cables.
Make keeping an eye on your network a regular business task.
Many companies these days have a “bring your own device” policy, and therefore have to keep an eye on who has access to what, and when. You can apply this principle to your home network to help keep things more secure.
By setting up user accounts and paying attention to the permissions you grant on files and folders, you can make sure that your business information stays safe and secure, and can only be accessed or changed by you.
Keeping your home Internet network in good condition will help keep your business data safe and save you time if you need to change or update your network for any reason.
A fast, secure and efficient Internet network is a vital part of any home Internet business, so give your network a check-up today.
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About the Author: Tristan Anwyn writes on a wide variety of topics, including social media, branding, home Internet businesses and network configuration.