Setting Up a Computer Network for your Trading Company

In the process of setting up your new trading company’s offices, one of the key tasks will be that of setting up a computer network. You can’t have an office where the computers are not networked. If you opted for such a system (which most people would consider very absurd), you would end up with a lot of inefficiencies. That is because in a trading company (or any other sort of organization for that matter), people have to share computing resources and information. Therefore if you have each computer operating on a stand-alone basis, it would be hard and sometimes simply impossible to share certain resources.

Thankfully, the task of setting up a computer network for your trading company is not as hard as it seems. You only need to have three things:

Firstly, you need to have the networking hardware. This would include the router on which the trading company’s network is to be based, as well as the cables to be used in interconnecting the computers (unless you are going for a wireless network). You would also need to have the computer that would be operating as the ‘server’ in the network.

Secondly, you would need to have the networking software. Many computers nowadays come with in-built networking software, which would be sufficient to set up a ‘home network’ (and this may work just as well in your trading company’s network, if it is a small network). Otherwise you have the alternative of buying specialized networking software, or downloading open source networking software.

The third thing you would need is a qualified person or a team of qualified individuals, to help you in setting up the computer network. But it may also be possible for you to set up the computer network by yourself, if it is a simple one (like, for instance, if you are starting the trading company with some three or five computers). Surely, if you have good enough computer skills to, say, follow up on the mail offer online, you probably also have what it takes to set up a basic computer network. It is just a matter of identifying the network ports on the computers, connecting the computers to one another via those ports (using cables), and then entering a few settings in the networking software. And there are plenty of videos on YouTube to guide you all through. But if it is a complex/sophisticated network that you are seeking to set up, it would be advisable to get a networking professional to help you in setting it up. You could even consider hiring a network administrator to help you in running the network on a day to day basis: if it is a complex/sophisticated computer network.

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