Network Infrastructure

Network infrastructure refers to the hardware and software resources of an entire network that enables network connectivity, communications, operations and management of a network. 

Network infrastructure provides the communication path and services between users, processes, applications, services and external networks. 

Our technical service offers consultations on how to improve your existing network with a variety of equipment that will support and improve your network. 

Too much to take in? Is your Network working for or against you ?

We can help iron out the kinks for a smooth running network. Schools and Education require security and need to be protected to have a system that works with you in mind. Call us today for a consultation on how we can support and improve your existing network. If we find your network infrastructure to be sound and fit for purpose we will tell you. We are only interested in providing a service that is specially designed for you, treating each customer/school as an individual, as one size does not fit all. We have the experience and the skills set, to analyse what you have, what you need it for, and whether it serves the purpose. We fully Support Education Services. 

Our SLA offers a monitoring service where we take over the responsibility of ensuring it continues to work for you, not against you. We deal with malfunctions if they arise, ensure that we receive the alerts and incorporate safety related functions, that will actively monitor and secure your data.

For most school networks CAT-5 cables are recommended, which are capable of speeds close to 1Gbps. CAT-6, the current standard, should be installed in all new building works. Contractors should be accredited by a recognised network manufacturer to ensure guaranteed performance and warranty. Gigabit speeds will only make an overall improvement if the full end-to-end path between two network connections is certified to be 1 Gbps. This includes network switches and patch cables.

No school should be using a network hub for connecting computers, as it broadcasts traffic to every device causing high numbers of collisions which severely slows down performance. A Gigabit network switch should be used in its place which segments traffic for each port minimizing collisions.

Managed switches are recommended, they include many additional features which help you take control of the network. Some of the benefits include:

  • Monitoring of network traffic which enables identification of excessive traffic on ports
  • Quality of Service (QoS), the ability to prioritise important traffic
  • VLANs to break up the network into different areas, minimizing broadcasts
  • Port filtering, SNMP monitoring, Spanning Tree Protocol, Bandwidth and Duplex
  • Settings on ports and MAC address filtering.