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Small Business Networking Resources

The network is a critical component to help you start and grow your business, but choosing the right network and optimizing it can be complicated. Learn how to make the right decisions for designing and maintaining your network so it can help your business thrive.

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Top networking resources

Learn about the functions of routers, switches, and access points for your network setup. 

Networking basics

A network connects computers, mobile phones, peripherals, and even IoT devices. Switches, routers, and wireless access points are the essential networking basics. 

5 simple tips for your DIY network

Building your own small business office network doesn’t have to feel daunting. 

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What is switch vs. a router?

Switches create a network. Routers connect networks. The two pieces of equipment look similar and perform some similar functions, but each has its own distinct function to perform on a network.

How does a network switch work?

Switches are a key component of many business networks, as they connect multiple PCs, printers, access points, phones, lights, servers, and other hardware.

What is a wireless network?

A wireless local-area network (LAN) uses radio waves to connect devices such as laptops and mobile phones to the Internet and to your business network and its applications.

Getting your wireless together to save time, improve reception

In business, employees working in unison usually produce better results. The adage is even truer for the access points serving a wireless local area network (WLAN). 

Is your network really ready for video? 10 tips

Each day, more businesses are using video applications to communicate faster, collaborate, and train more effectively. 

How to get better and faster with Wireless-N

When will your business begin using next-generation wireless technology?

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Introduction to cloud-managed switching

Watch our video tour of a new class of switches that brings cloud-based visibility and control over the entire edge network.

Network security for small business

Learn how to make sure your security solution works for your business.

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