Small business office networks require multiple elements to be effective.
Reliable hardware, robust software and a sound operating system go a long way toward creating a network with minimal downtime and full functionality.
Connection speed is another factor to consider in your office network. As more and more business applications migrate to online or web-based formats, the ability to quickly receive and transmit data over the Internet is gaining in importance.
Cable modems offer an attractive connection method for companies who require high speed Internet access. These devices give your network (or your computer) the ability to access the Internet through a local cable television line. They have a reputation for providing faster downloads and greater bandwidth than DSL modems, and can be a perfect solution for businesses that do a lot of work online. Here are some of the vendors and products to consider if you're in the market for cable modems.
- Cisco-Linksys. Cisco is a very popular vendor in the modem and router marketplace. Their Linksys product line has supplied the needs of both home and business users, and established Cisco as an industry player. The Linksys CM100 cable modem offers always-on connectivity and easy setup. It is fully compliant with industry standards and offers connection that is 100 times faster than dial up. This product also features built-in 10/100 Ethernet ports and USB connections.
- Motorola SURFboard. Motorola is another brand to be reckoned with in the cable modem category. The SURFboard SB5101 gives users channel bundling of up to four downstream channels and four upstream channels with data rates of up to 100 Mbps in each direction.
- Zoom. When you do a survey of the cable modem marketplace, it's only a matter of time before you encounter Zoom product offerings. The Zoom 42M external cable modem delivers wired or wireless Internet as well as business VoIP. It offers up to 42 Mbps speeds and interfaces with both Ethernet ports and USB connections.
- Toshiba DOCSIS. Toshiba's DOCSIS Cable Modem PCX2600 gives business users the highest performance available with current technology. Both residential and business users can rely on this product for one of the fastest two-way Internet connections with USB and standard Ethernet 10/100 connection to a PC or a network hub.