February 04, 2013, 4:57 PM — If you run a small business, you know that things happen faster than they do in the corporate world. Thats all the more reason to make sure your technology is up to date and is able to keep up with you and your employees.
If you're lucky enough to have extra funds in this year's IT budget, or if you're planning to invest in incremental improvements, here are 10 tech upgrades that will help your employees get things done faster in 2013.
Switch to 802.11n Wi-Fi
If you're still running a 802.11b or 802.11g Wi-Fi network in the office, it may be a good time to ramp things up a notch by rolling out an 802.11n deployment. A faster wireless speed not only allows for a better experience. It also makes it possible for the network to serve a greater number of wireless devices, since it takes less time to complete each data transfer.
A relative dearth of laptops with three-stream (450 Mbps) support means that deploying two-stream Access Points (APs) capable of 300 Mbps access speeds should work great for most businesses. In addition, make sure you acquire business-grade APs capable of operating simultaneously on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency band.
Upgrade to Network Attached Storage
The file servers of yesteryear-full-fledged server machines running server operating systems and equipped with multiple disk drives-offered a convenient, centralized location for file sharing. Today, Network Attached Storage (NAS) offers similar features, but with substantially greater power efficiency and upgradability.