When you are creating a wireless network plan, there are many things you need to consider. One of these things would be the components you would use. There are several different types of components that we can use for a network plan. Some of components will be expensive while others will be more cost effective.
The main component of a network is a computer. Computers can also be referred to as workstations. They vary is styles, price and brand. Most businesses buy PC's or personal computers rather than Apple's because of the price and the fact that more of the programs they need to run work on PC's. An Apple iMac computer, for example would cost around $1800, where a top of the line PC would cost about $900. The computer component on a networked is connected to one another in order to print, share, and transfer data. A computer can connect to a network with or without a wired connection. This all depends on what type of network interface card the computer holds.
There are different types of wireless network interface card that a company can buy depending on how much they want to spend. Network interface cards allow the computer to connect to another computer or device to the network. This device depends on another device to operate. These cards are priced anywhere from $25 to a few hundred dollars.
After installing a wireless network interface card to your computer, you probably should install a wireless router. A wireless router provides access points for wireless computers and networks to connect to each other. Wireless routers can cost anywhere from $30 to $200. An acceptable wireless router for a business would cost you about $150.When you have a wireless router; you usually have a modem as well. A modem is used to connect the components of the network, like the computer, to the internet. This particular component is optional because there are some networks that do not need the internet to function. If your company does need a modem, their cost can vary from $20 to a few hundred dollars. It depends on what type of internet subscription you want. Another optional component you could have for your network is the scanner.
A scanner is a device that reads or "scans" an image (picture, magazine, text, etc.) and converts it to a digital image so the computer can read it. Scanners are optional because it is more cost effective for businesses to fax information to each other. If a business did need a scanner, they cost about $75. Another reason why businesses may not want to buy a scanner is because printers usually have the scan option.
Printers produce a hard copy of documents that are stored on your computer in digital form. They can be a stand alone type or they can be an all-in-one. All-in-one printers also have scanners, copiers and fax machines. These types of machines usually cost about $120. All-in-ones are not stand alone printers and need another component such as a computer in order to work.
When you buy a new computer, it usually has a firewall preinstalled on it. For a small fee you can activate it past the 30 day free trial and use it indefinitely. Firewalls are part of the computer or network that blocks unauthorized people or programs from accessing your files. They can either be in software or hardware form. The software form of firewalls is the most common and cost effective. While firewalls are not needed for your wireless network to work properly, I wouldn't call it an optional component because without it, your network has a very good chance at getting hacked. Firewalls cost about $60 to protect your network. A multiplexer is a device that combines several input signals into one output signal. This is an optional component and costs about $100.
A server is another wireless network main component. It is the main access point that the network workstations connect to. Servers range anywhere from $300-$400 up to many of thousands of dollars in cost depending on their size, type, style, functions, and the networks needs. A hub is a device that connects Ethernet devices together and turns them into a single network segment. They are also used to detect problems such as a collision on the network. Hubs cost up to a thousand dollars.