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David Griffin - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

When people talk about networks they know that a group of computers talking within the same business are a network. While this is true there are many different forms of Networks. The internet as we know it is a giant Network of computers and servers all talking to each other.

However, networks are highly customisable in that, you can network two business sites across the internet; this is called a VPN or virtual private network. This allows say, a work site or office in Newcastle to access data from the main office here in Morisset. VPN’s are very handy for this sort of thing.

Then you have WiFi networks and mobile phone networks, like 3g or 4g. It’s not uncommon for people to refer to a USB 4g mobile broadband as “my wifi adapter”. This can be tricky for us as technicians when a customer calls us on the phone and says:

“I don’t have any internet at the moment my wifi adapter is not working”.

For us this sounds like the wifi adapter built into their laptop is not connecting to their NBN internet modem. This means as technicians, we need determine what technology they are talking about, and depending on the customer’s knowledge and understanding, this can take up to 5 minutes of explanation.

Other types of networks are what you call a “Local Networks”. These are a network of computers or devices that are not “public” to the internet. This means that your mobile smart phone, connect to your home wifi access point and computers, printers etc. Are infact, a part of a LAN (Local Area Network).

Here is a basic example of a home network:

If you need help setting up a home or office network, get in contact with us via our website's contact us area or call us in store.

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