Home and Business LANs
(Local Area Networks)
Networking several PCs and sharing printers and files
should make sense to everybody.
You only need one printer. (Although the need
for an emergency backup printer is inevitable). Invest in one quality multi-purpose
printer and your business will be that much better. By providing quality printouts,
fax and scanning capabilities, a good quality printer can enhance your business
Please be aware that although printers can be
shared, in every case I have ever witnessed, the scanning and faxing must be done
from the PC connected directly to the printer. This PC would also be known as the
"print server". There are Fax sharing and Scanner sharing solutions, but
the cost and functionality are not worth the trouble.
Disk Space Sharing:
As newer PCs arrive with larger hard drives, you can
easily share a drive and move files off the overloaded machines to the newer larger hard
Remember: Sharing software is NOT as
easy. Most Windows software must be INSTALLED on each PC, not COPIED to
each machine. Usually, licensing issues will come into play. Do not risk your
business by pirating software. Buy one copy for each PC.
Backup devices are failing miserably at
keeping up with hard drives. CDRs and tape provide poor solutions. But
sharing a hard drive, AND establishing a backup procedure is easy with across your
Are good for: