Need a trusted source for computer network support
and services in Fort Collins?
Your computer network is the most critical support system for your business operations. But network problems are agonizing; expensive, frustrating, and disruptive to employees and customers alike. Computer network support is critical and can save you money.
Downtime hurts your business.
Losing money while your employees sip coffee and wonder when the network will be back up is painful.
Get back online!
You need a Fort Collins computer network service specialist who can diagnose network problems and get you back up and running.
Need help with your computer network?
or Call NoCo Technology Solutions at 970-223-1885
What’s the best way to keep your computer network running smoothly?
- Consistently maintain your network for continuing performance and protection
- For a new system, get the right network design for your business needs
Get your computer network properly installed
NoCo Technology Solutions is your Fort Collins computer network support experts and we make sure your system operates at peak performance. We diagnose network problems and fix them quickly; then, we can maintain your network so you have fewer problems. We also carefully design and install new systems and equipment for maximum performance.
Computer network maintenance is a critical part of network support. It keeps your network protected, and your operating system and software up to date. Plus, we can check for problems that are just starting to crop up, often before they cause downtime.
Regular network maintenance gives you peace of mind. You can sleep better knowing your technology is being consistently looked after by an computer network support specialist focused on minimizing issues and problems including malware and intrusions. It’s much less expensive than dealing with downtime, trying to figure out problems yourself, or (the worst possibility) recovering from a disastrous loss of data.
Get the right network for your needs.
There are so many technology options, how do you know you’re getting the right solution for your business? What computer network system is safe, reliable, safeguards your data, provides enough storage and speed, and helps you accomplish your business goals? To get the answer for your company, you need NoCo Technology Solutions for your computer network service provider. We take the time to understand what you want your technology to do for your business. We learn about your goals so we can be sure our recommendations work for what you need to accomplish.
We ask questions such as:
- What problems are you having now?
- What are your immediate priorities?
- How fast are your company and your data growing?
- What is most crucial for you and your business: reduced network downtime (also called network reliability), access speed, or data storage space?
- What big changes do you see coming up in the way you do business or in your industry?
- Do you need your IT costs to be more predictable?
More Than Just Computer Network Consulting
We’ll discuss all pertinent issues with you to make sure we provide you the best suggestions and options for your specific situation.
Since we’ve taken the time to understand your business, we help you to understand long-term cost-to-own, not just the immediate cost to buy and install network equipment today. We make sure to discuss future expansion needs, too.
Whatever your computer networking needs, we can help you determine the right solution. It might be a RAID system, a Cloud Computing solution, or more storage—there are many possibilities to choose from. We’ll help you get the right answers for your specific business needs.
You’ll get a properly configured system with NoCo Technology Solutions’ computer network services. Besides carefully setting up, configuring, and installing your equipment; we’ll install appropriate external and internal security for you; make sure your data is recoverable with a quality backup plan and system; develop protocols to keep your system clean of malware and intrusions; and make sure the system allows only authorized internal access. We’ll explain how the system will accomplish your business goals and needs while reducing network problems and downtime.
We will plan carefully and minimize the amount of time your staff even notices IT work is taking place with their system. You’ll soon be up and running with a new network and room to grow!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a router and how does it relate to my computer network?
The router directs data, such as website content you want to view or incoming email, from the internet to the computer on your desk and vice versa.
What is a network switch?
A switch is a piece of equipment that is part of your internal computer network. It is connected to all the devices on your network and handles directing data between them.
I keep hearing about firewalls. What is a firewall?
A firewall usually refers to a physical device that manages the interaction between the internet and your network. It helps to protect your data and is usually combined with a software subscription for intrusion protection, anti-virus, anti-malware, and internet filtering. The physical device, when used without a software subscription, has limited capabilities for intrusion protection and internet filtering.
There are also software firewalls, including one that Microsoft builds in to Windows.
Do I need a physical firewall or will a software firewall provide enough protection?
With a physical firewall, you get protection from the perimeter, outside of your network. The physical firewall stands between the hacker or intruder on one side and your network on the other. The firewall will take the attack. It may get damaged and you may lose your internet access for a time but your network will keep running and won’t be compromised.
With a software firewall, the attack happens within your network. It may be repelled but there is more vulnerability since the hacker has gotten inside your system. You will also experience more downtime, at least with the computer that is attacked.
Your credit card processor may require you to have a firewall. See the Frequently Asked Question on our IT Consulting Page about PCI compliance.
My ISP Provider installed a device called a Gateway so I don’t need a firewall, right?
The Gateway separates the internet from your computer network. The Gateway modem provides low levels of protection for your network. For most businesses, this isn’t enough protection and a physical firewall is required.
Under what conditions do I need a firewall?
Physical firewalls provide the best security for your network. If your data is critical to your business and you need to minimize downtime, you will have more peace of mind by implementing a physical firewall. The cost is insignificant compared to the cost of losing your data and trying to recreate customer records, accounting files, and all the other information your business needs to function.
Also, your credit card processor may require you to have a physical firewall. There have been many security breaches at companies that take credit cards and the large credit card companies, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, have developed security requirements for companies that take credit cards. See the PCI compliance Frequently Asked Questions on our IT Consulting page for more information.
What is a domain?
A domain is a collection of security information (called Group Policy) and user accounts (user names) managed by a computer called a Domain Controller or Server.
A domain can have individual computers, called clients, in any location. The users can access the network through the clients on the local area network (LAN) or the internet.
In contrast, a Windows Workgroups network, or peer-to-peer network, doesn’t have a domain; there is no centralized security, and no server. Peer-to-peer networks are suitable for smaller networks of 10 computers or less.
What is Active Directory?
A domain’s security information is in a database often managed by a Windows product called Active Directory. Each person who uses a computer in the network is assigned a user account, or user name. Active Directory validates the user accounts or names and their associated passwords before allowing them access to the network.
How does Group Policy work?
Group Policy manages what valid user names (or user accounts) can do once they sign onto the network—what directories and files users can access, what software they can use, and so on. It can even determine whether the password the user creates is complex enough to be valid in that particular computer network. A set of these security directions and permissions can be combined into a Group Policy Object (GPO).
Group Policy can be applied to individual user names or to groups of user names. The system administrator can apply different GPO’s to different user names or groups of user names in the computer network.
With Group Policy and Active Directory, the computer network centralizes its security and decreases the likelihood of unauthorized access.