Maximizing Productivity with Networking Systems
Networking systems are how we stay connected through technology. They are used to connect mobile devices, computers, and servers in our digital world. At Target Distributing, we carry the top networking products to maximize productivity with networking systems. Before we dive in, let’s take a look at what a networking system is and the most common types of networking systems.
What is a Networking System?
A networking system, (also referred to as a network system), is a collection of devices and components that work together to facilitate the exchange of data, information, or resources. These systems are designed to enable communication and data sharing among devices, within a small area, a larger geographical region, or even across the globe.
Types of Networking Systems
Networking systems are a fundamental part of computing and communication. Below are the 7 most common networking systems.
LAN (Local Area Network): A network that covers a small geographic area, like an office, home, or campus.
WAN (Wide Area Network): Spans a larger geographical area, often connecting LANs in different locations.
MAN (Metropolitan Area Network): Covers a city or large business area with high-speed connectivity.
CAN (Campus Area Network): Covers multiple interconnected LANs within a specific area like a university campus or corporate campus.
PAN (Personal Area Network): A small network designed for connecting personal devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
SAN (Storage Area Network): A specialized network that connects storage devices, such as disk arrays and tape libraries, to servers.
VPN (Virtual Private Network): A secure network that uses encryption to connect remote users or branch offices to a private network over the internet.
Networking System Products
Managed and Unmanaged Switches
Managed Switches: Managed switches are advanced network devices that offer administrators control over network traffic and features. They allow for configuration of settings such as VLANs and Quality of Service (QoS), making them ideal for larger networks with complex requirements.
Unmanaged Switches: Unmanaged switches are basic networking devices that require minimal configuration. They are plug-and-play, making them suitable for smaller networks where simplicity and cost-effectiveness are priorities.
We recommend the following vendors for managed and unmanaged switches: Zyxel, TP-Link, and EnGenius.
A firewall is a security device or software that acts as a barrier between a private network and potentially harmful external networks on the internet. It monitors and controls incoming and outgoing traffic based on predefined security rules, helping to protect against cyber threats and unauthorized access.
See our recent blog post for recommendations on Zyxel firewall products.
VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)
A VPN is a technology that establishes a secure, encrypted connection over a public network, allowing remote users or networks to access resources as if they were directly connected to a private network. VPNs enhance privacy and security, making them essential for secure remote work and data transmission.
We recommend Zyxel for VPNs.
Wi-Fi is a wireless networking technology that enables devices to connect to the internet or a local network without physical cables. It is widely used in homes, offices, public spaces, and beyond, providing convenient wireless access for smartphones, laptops, and other devices. Wi-Fi networks ca
We recommend the following vendors for Wi-Fi: TP-Link, Zyxel, and EnGenius.
Target Distributing is Your Source for Maximizing Networking Systems Productivity
If you need to update your business networking systems for better performance, Target Distributing has the solutions. Since 1975, we have provided the best and latest technologies. Contact us today to get in touch with a networking systems expert.
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