By Brian Nadel
(May 27, 2004)
Your computer is an island when you set it up, but there's no reason to keep it isolated. Your office network should help your PCs easily share information and resources. And there's payoff in large and small networks alike. Even if you connect as few as two computers, this tiny network will help very small businesess look and act more like the big guys.
Fortunately, it's never been easier or cheaper to link the offices and work spaces to exchange e-mail and instant messages, split a Web connection, and share data.
Building a network from scratch today requires neither a lot of cash nor outside consulting. Networking newbies might want to seek help, but if you're at all accustomed to working with PCs, you can do it yourself and do it right. Read on to learn more about your options.