Today’s article is by guest author John Dayton, who has some tips on using an IT pro to set up your network. A wireless network in your home or office will enable you to access the Internet and a printer from any computer you have. I use mine to be able to use my laptop from any room in my house.
So you’ve decided to set up a computer network at your office or a home based Wi-Fi network amongst your various machines. Now you just need somebody reliable and competent to come along and put the whole array together for you so that it works securely and glitch free. This can be a tricky process. Here are some basic tips on the do’s and don’ts of hiring a good IT professional that you can trust with your network installation.
Hire Based Solely on the Cheapest Offer
Just because you’ve found someone who offers to install your home or office network for a really rock bottom price, does not mean they are a good idea. Even if you’re cash strapped, network installation is one of those things you really can’t afford to skimp on for security and reliability reasons. Having a sloppy job done because you paid very cheaply can cost you a lot, and I mean a lot, more down the road when you have a severe network security breach or system failure. Unless the person in question is a trusted friend who’s offering to do you a favor at a discount, take lowball offers with a grain of salt.
Speaking of friends that offer friendly discounts on computer work…
Hire a Friend to Install Your Network as a Favor
You might be lucky enough to have a friend who works in IT or network system security and, because you mention to him that you need a home or office network installed, he offers to do it at a low price or maybe even for free. This may seem like a great idea at first glance, but if you look at the long-range, it can be a disaster for both your network and your friendship. Network installation is probably going to require long-term troubleshooting and sometimes at random hours; a professional hired due to money can agree to that without the emotional baggage of later getting annoyed, since they’re being compensated properly. How long will a friends generosity last if they installed your network as a friendly favor?
Have Your Network Installed by Someone who won’t be Around
Hire a reliable professional who has an established presence wherever you live or work. The person who usually does the best job of troubleshooting network problems down the road is the same one who installed it. Because of this you should aim at working with an IT pro whose services are a long-term, stable offer.
Hire a Professional who is Unwilling to Explain the Details of their Work
Some IT and network security professionals like to get very territorial and cagey about their work projects, treating them as their own personal project. This is a big no-no. Hire someone who views it as a business deal without emotional fixation and is willing to explain any detail you’d like of the installation, security and maintenance process. In case you need to later hire another IT pro to fix something, you’ll need cooperative information exchange with the original installer.
Ask for Previous References and Verify Them
This advice applies to pretty much any professional services, but should be all the more carefully considered for network installation since that same network will later carry a lot of sensitive personal information. Hire a professional who can show you at least three or four references from reputable third-party clients. Contact these clients to see how their relationship with the IT pro has been.
Hunt Down an Installation Professional through Word of Mouth or Reputable Advertising
This means that if you decide to search for a professional, first try out your network of trusted business or friendship contacts to see if anyone knows someone they can vouch for from previous experience. If this fails, look through listings with established companies who subcontract network installation and computer security services. Do these things instead of finding some random offer or two in the classifieds or on Craigslist. It’s a lot easier to control for quality.
Read up on Network Installation and Network Security in Advance
It’s always good to at least have a decent layman’s knowledge of what you’re about to hire a professional to install. You’ll communicate better with your service provider and have a better ability to ask questions about the effectiveness of their installation procedures.
About the author:
When John Dayton isn’t covering Forensic Experts, he’s busy caring for and playing on any number of guitars within his extensive vintage collection. Besides his passion for music, he is an avid tech writer with many years experience in the industry. His dream job is to work in Japan and be at the forefront of new technologies.