Planning Your LAN Infrastructure for a New Office

LAN infrastructure


 Factors to consider for good LAN infrastructure

When setting up a new office today many people think about the physical space and furniture that will accompany it. However, unfortunately, ill only think about the LAN (local area network) infrastructure when they are already sitting and looking for a way to run the systems. 


This often leads to setting up a random LAN infrastructure where everything happens as long as people connect to the internet. 


This is not the way to go because internet connection is often not the most important goal when building a network.


  • How many devices do you need to connect?
  • Do you need to connect wirelessly?
  • Is your phone system IP based?
  • Are your databases hosted locally or not?
  • Do you need to integrate your security tracking with your local network devices?


LAN installation nowadays includes aspects such as databases with company details company security telephone systems and finally the internet link from your internet provider (internet service provider). 


All of these things are interconnected because they rely on a stable LAN infrastructure to serve their purpose. 


Whether it's access control systems surveillance systems or even Internet Protocol telephone systems) and even enterprise Wi-Fi you need to design a stable cable infrastructure on the backbone of CAT6.



Therefore one has to find systems that can integrate into the network. When your server is on the same network as your PBX (private branch exchange) and even the surveillance and security system you need to make sure nothing goes wrong on that network. 


For this reason, it is even more desirable for the same team to look at all of these systems. With such an arrangement it is the responsibility of this team to make sure that nothing goes wrong. 


Conflicts with IP addresses can easily freeze all of your devices so you will not be able to make calls access your databases or even access your location if the conflict affects all of your devices.


Deciding on a Proper Layout Plan

Your network deployment plan is important. This includes choosing the places to end your network points choosing a server room location of your switch cabinets and even the power source for the cabinets. 


Clean electricity for your core switches and all other switches and computers (access points) is very important. 


If you have phones and laptops for users you do not want a situation where there is a break but you can not connect to your important resources through your laptops because the routers and APs have gone down as well.


You need to choose good positions and strategies for your contacts to make sure no one stays out of coverage. When planning for a large organization over a wide area you should always think about enterprise Wi-Fi and especially software-controlled options.


 This is because it is easier to manage such systems compared to standalone AP systems. Also, make sure that the hardware you use such as modules and repair boards will be of the best quality that will last longer. 


You would not want a situation where you would have to solve connectivity problems as a result of poor hardware during the normal course


Once you have made the backbone of your infrastructure in copper and solid fibre links it is time to look at the security of your databases in the local area especially at the point where you are introducing a router that will connect you to the global network. 


Because this happens through your ISP (Internet Service Provider) you should consider routers with secure firewalls and even antivirus systems to ensure you are protected against the possibility of unauthorized intrusion into your system. At this point, you may need to take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of hardware or software-based firewall systems.


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