Tony Walker of Liverpool IT Support Company ICU Shares His Top Ten Tips on How to Ensure a Small Office Computer Network Runs Smoothly

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Tony Walker M.D. of the Liverpool IT services and support business, ICU provides helpful information on how to make sure a small or home office network runs both smoothly and efficiently.

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There are many ways to make sure you get the best from your computer network, most of them are fairly inexpensive and simple to achieve.

Tony began Merseyside IT Support Company ICU in 1998.

He has been providing IT services in Liverpool and expert consultancy throughout the Northwest of England for almost fifteen years.

Mr Walker, Managing Director of the Cheshire IT Support Company said “There are many ways to make sure you get the best from your computer network, most of them are fairly inexpensive and simple to achieve”.

From their main office in Liverpool, the Merseyside IT support company helps many types of businesses (both large and small) across both the North West of England and North Wales.

ICU also provides Cheshire IT support and IT support for Bolton companies.

Tony offers the following tips and advice on computer networks:

1.If possible always choose a wired network connection to your computer (or printer) instead of choosing wireless links.

Wired networks are faster, more secure and generally much cheaper.

2. In an office environment (if not already present) have 'structured' cabling installed by a qualified network cabling contractor and avoid having cables trailing around the floor.

This is safer for employees and will mean the cabling will last longer, perform better and is less likely to become damaged.

3. Never run network cables alongside power cables (for any considerable distance) as this can cause interference within the cables and can also be very dangerous.

4. Ensure your router and/or switch is able to support connection speeds of 1 Gigabyte per second.

Most computers in operation these days will have 1GB network cards installed.

5. Ensure all network cables used have good connections and don't use cables where wires are protruding from the plugs (or cables that are overly stretched).

Replace any cables which have loose or faulty connections with brand new cables.

Choose the best you can afford.

6. If you have no choice but to introduce additional switches into your network to achieve the connection of multiple devices where only a single network point is present locally ('piggy backing'), then be sure to minimise the number of devices connected and always try to run all network points back to the central switch (or switches).

Ask a cabling contractor to provide ample (and spare network points) from the outset, this will permit the connection of additional devices at a later date (if required).

7. When using wireless links consider investing in additional wireless access points/repeaters to extend your wireless coverage area.

8. Where wireless and wired connections are not feasible, consider using power adapters to connect areas of your network together through mains electricity.

Note that this is reliant on the power adapters being plugged into the same electricity ring and the electrical wiring being sound throughout the building.

9. Ensure all wireless network connections are secured, using WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) or secure with similar security.

10. Have a spare standby switch available to replace your main switch in the event of hardware problems, without a reliable switch network connections for all devices on the network could be problematic.

“If you are having any difficulty with your computer network and you are based in the North West our support desk is open 8am to 5.30pm and is manned by expert technical staff”, advises Tony.

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