As your business grows so does the need for more technology. Whether it be extra printers to handle a heavier workload, more computers or projection systems for the meeting room it is important that you are informed before purchasing the required equipment. The correct setup of this equipment can be tricky as well and it is important you have a professional available to make your technology upgrades as simple as possible without disrupting your workflow.
Decide if You Need Wired or Wireless
“Wireless” capabilities are very handy and save on excessive cordage in small and multifunctional spaces. If you have multiple users to connect in a broad area it can help increase everyone’s productivity time when set up effectively. We have come to expect a wireless capability in our new laptop computers, but not all equipment is alike. If you have a need for wireless in things such as printers make sure to look at its capabilities and features. If you find a printer that you really like, but don’t require the wireless, it most likely has a sister version without the wireless and is a little lighter on the pocketbook.
Note about Wireless: Wireless connections run slower than wired connections for the most part, so be careful what you use as wireless if a “quick” turn around is going to be needed. If you have too many people accessing at the same time it could also hinder the speed you are accustomed to working with on a wired connection.
A Centralized Router
If you decide to go wireless you will need to have a router set up to traffic equipment activity. Make sure that the router is at a central location that can be reached by all devices. The weaker the signal, the more your speed and connectability can be effected.
Plan Your Layout
Look at the space you will be working with before you start placing your equipment. Ergonomics and technology placement go hand in hand. More than once I have seen a setup that was not well thought out and many connectivity problems could have been avoided if just switched around.
Specialty Audio/Video Equipment
If you have specialty equipment such as projectors in your office space make sure they are set up to work with both pc’s and mac’s for ease of potential visitors. Both require a different type of connection to devices such as a projector and having this available upfront is important.