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IDNet are a full service web development agency and Internet service provider (ISP) specialising in web design, web content management systems (CMS), secure web hosting, email spam and virus filtering, web content filtering and tracking, business broadband (ADSL and SDSL), leased-lines and secure virtual private networks (VPNs).

Established in 1996, IDNet is not simply a hosting company offering a few extra services. Nor are we a marketing agency that has bolted on technical services. IDNet is focussed on delivering businesses the full online solution, tailored to their unique objectives.

What makes IDNet unique is that we not only design, manage and market our clients' web sites but we can then host them on our own network infrastructure. Through not outsourcing any of these vital ingredients we can ensure optimum quality, performance and availability, whilst giving our clients the reassurance that they have just one party to liase with on these issues. Our blend of expertise, commitment and experience - achieved by careful recruitment and controlled growth - is reflected in a team with practical, specialist, relevant skills. The IDNet team go the extra mile to proactively understand and attain client objectives.

Super fast broadband connections

IDNet provide broadband services for home and office users, enabling super-fast always-on Internet access for a flat monthly fee using your existing telephone line. Capable of receiving data up to forty times faster than a standard analogue modem, our wireless broadband ADSL is a much more suitable service for transporting multimedia data, video, audio and other large files. All while allowing the simultaneous use of both the telephone and Internet. This is particularly useful for small offices and for staff that frequently work from home.

Not only can IDNet provide fast, affordable Internet access, we are leading wireless specialists. All our business packages give you the option to access the Internet and connect multiple computers on your network without the need for expensive and unsightly cabling.

Business Broadband

Businesses are demanding faster and more reliable Internet services. Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a technology designed to deliver high speed data over existing telephone lines. Often referred to as "broadband", ADSL delivers data much faster than older technologies such as analogue modems. A compelling combination of attractive features and low cost, find out how it can satisfy the needs of your business.

THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF ADSL

ADSL is an inexpensive way to obtain a high-speed connection to the Internet. It is capable of receiving data up to thirty times faster than a standard analogue modem which means it is a more suitable for transporting multimedia data, video, audio and other large files.

Despite higher speeds, costs are kept low because the technology utilises existing copper telephone lines to carry data. Computers connected to the Internet using ADSL are permanently connected at all times, and there are no associated calls or call charges. This means Internet services can be accessed without delay, and at a fixed monthly cost.

Another advantage of ADSL is that despite sharing the same physical cabling, simultaneous use can be made of both the telephone and Internet. This is particularly useful for small offices and for staff that frequently work from home. ADSL can also be combined with simple wireless technology, which allows multiple users to connect to the Internet without the need for cables.

CONTENTION ON THE NETWORK

ADSL lines are subject to contention, meaning that the network bandwidth available is shared between a number of subscribers. The ratio to which the available bandwidth is shared between users is called the "contention ratio". Services targeted at casual home users are frequently cheaper, but have a higher contention ratio. This means that the available network capacity is shared between a greater number of users. Business services have a lower contention ratio, which will provide a more consistent level of performance.

SHARING A SINGLE CONNECTION BETWEEN COMPUTERS

Business broadband services are designed to allow multiple computers to share a single connection. A device called a router is provided by the service provider to manage your Internet connection. Computers connect to the Internet through the router using standard "Ethernet" network cards and cables. The router usually has a small number of sockets available for client computers, and more can be added with the addition of a low-cost hub or switch. In addition, fixed addresses are allocated so that you can consistently access your network remotely, if required.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES, WIRELESS AND SECURITY

If you have any additional requirements or technical questions, call and discuss them. Options are available that allow your router to share the ADSL line with client computers equipped with wireless cards, such as laptops. With a permanent Internet presence, you may also wish to protect your computers and data from potential intruders. A dedicated "firewall" device can filter and monitor traffic passing between your network and the outside world, keeping intruders out and recording suspicious network activity.

Deploying wireless network technology in an office environment

High speed "broadband" internet access is now widely available at affordable prices. Modern wireless networking technology allows computers to share files, printers and internet access without the need for unsightly and expensive cabling. Deploying these two increasingly widespread technologies together with wireless broadband can provide a number of useful benefits for small businesses and telecommuters.

The benefits of deploying broadband internet access and wireless network technology

For business users, there are a number of problems associated with the use of analogue modems for Internet access. Business users typically need access to the Internet for extended periods of time, at the times of the day when phone calls are charged at peak rates. Exchanging large files often takes too long and is rendered impractical by the low speed and limited bandwidth of analogue modems. Unmetered accounts provide unlimited access to the internet for a fixed rate each month, but they frequently have usage restrictions. If the premises doesn't have a second phone line, access to the Internet often prevents normal telephone calls from being made or received.

The benefits of broadband

Broadband internet services typically offer "always-on" high-speed access for a fixed monthly fee. They are usually provided over a standard phone line, but the signals are separated so that the telephone can be used independently. Because broadband connections offer greater bandwidth, a number of computers can realistically share a single connection to an office site. Internet service providers often provide a device called a router to enable the sharing of an Internet connection over a local area network. Computers connect to each other over the network, communicating through the router when they need to access the Internet. Each device is connected together using standard "Ethernet" network cables and an inexpensive hub or more powerful switch.

How can wireless technology help?

If you are investigating a broadband Internet connection for your business and would like to share the connection between multiple computers, then you may want to consider asking your service provider if they can provide a router with an integrated wireless gateway. This can connect computers wirelessly to both the Internet and each other, and often minimise the need to lay additional cables.

Is wireless technology expensive?

Wireless networking products have been available for a few years, and prices have dropped significantly since their introduction. Commodity pricing places them easily within the reach of most consumers and the required equipment is generally easy to install and maintain. If you purchase a bundled service from your Internet service provider, much of the configuration work will be done for you.

So what exactly is wireless LAN technology?

The 802.11b wireless standard, often referred to simply as "wireless ethernet", is designed to provide computers with wireless communication in a way that is both compatible and easy to integrate with traditional wired networks. Because the same types of data can be sent over wireless networks as wired networks, they can be used for the same tasks. File sharing, printing and Internet access can all be performed over a wireless network. You probably don't need any existing wired infrastructure in your office to implement a wireless network, and if you already have a wired network then in most cases a wireless network can be integrated seamlessly. A device called a "base station" or "wireless access point" connects client computers to the wired network. Every client computer communicates with the access point to send and receive data over the wireless network. Devices are now available that can act as both a broadband router and wireless access point. Integrating the functionality of both these devices into one box can save cabling, power plugs and office space. Each computer to be connected to the network requires a device to enable wireless communication. In some of the very latest computers, particularly laptops, the wireless hardware and antenna may already be integrated into the design. For older equipment and most desktop machines, an adapter needs to be purchased. The adapter card used is typically either PCI or USB for desktop machines, or PCMCIA for older laptops. As with most new hardware devices, a software driver needs to be loaded for the operating system to recognise and enable the card. While traditional "wired" networks are often faster, modern wireless equipment provides adequate bandwidth for most office environments. The connection speed available to the Internet is usually the weakest link in most business and corporate networks.

How secure are wireless networks?

Wireless networks have a limited range, usually somewhere around two hundred feet. They can usually be configured to transmit data encrypted, which makes it harder for potential eavesdroppers to listen to network activity. The ability to use the network can also be restricted to a list of known computers. There are some known weaknesses in the basic security model of wireless networks. If you want to implement a wireless network but are particularly concerned about the security of data on your network, then you should discuss the options available to you with your Internet service provider. Additional security layers can usually be added to increase privacy and keep sensitive data hidden from potential intruders.

What equipment should I choose, and will it be compatible with other vendors?

There are now a large number of companies offering wireless products and most of them test their equipment against each other for standards compliance and compatibility. The wireless fidelity "Wi-Fi" group is an industry consortium responsible for certifying that wireless equipment meets and conforms to the required standards. Equipment with "Wi-Fi" certification should provide trouble-free operation. Some equipment can provide additional features, such as the ability to deploy multiple base stations to cover a wide area of office space.

Conclusion and Summary

A growing number of computer manufacturers are building wireless network technologies into their products as standard. In the near future it is likely that every portable, laptop or handheld device will have some form of wireless connectivity built in by design. For business users, there has never been a better time to look at how wireless network technology can be successfully partnered with broadband internet services.

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