LAN maintenance tips
Whilst we recognise that business owners may have more pressing items on their agenda than maintaining their LAN network, it’s important to recognise that effective maintenance can help you avoid everything from potentially costly hacks to system downtime and beyond. To help make inspecting the network as easy as possible, we’ve put together some basic tasks you or an employee could undertake every now and then to help protect the ongoing security of your LAN.
Maintenance of local area networks often begins by looking at the hardware involved. By doing this you could prevent against any future anomalies occurring within the system. Looking at the cabling and equipment along with the workstations is a great place to start your maintenance. However, if you are unsure what you’re looking for or suspect something may be wrong with the network, it’s advisable to get a professional in to ensure everything is running as it should be.
Keeping cables safe
Local area networks simply don’t work without cables so it’s essential that all the cables are kept safe at all times. When we install a LAN within an office, we make sure all the cabling is safely secured and free from any potential dangers such as excessive force or tangling. If it’s been a while since your installation however, it may be a good idea to take a look at the cabling, just to see if it’s still as safe as it should be.
You could also label your cables should you wish. By simply labelling a network cable you can make maintenance much easier, and should an error occur with your network, you’ll quickly be able to find the source of the problem.
Most IT departments will routinely install virus protection software, for small businesses without an IT department however, it’s important to ensure the network is fully protected at all times. Solid protection can ensure your business doesn’t fall victim to adware, viruses and spyware, all of which could access sensitive information as well as jeopardise the functioning and security of your system.
To make sure your LAN system is working as it should, be sure to contact our team today. We can inspect your network and carry out a full maintenance check, helping ensure it remains healthy, fast and virus free. Call us today for a free LAN health check 01625 – 466600