I have so many workers and so many things to get done , How can I manage all of this as we are locked out of our office / place of business ! Payroll , Bill , checks and more need to get done !
Remote workers !
Call Center ?
Just people who need to conduct and get business done from Home ?
After getting many calls for service , I have seen a fair amount of people in a semi panic mode but with good cause . Most have outdated networks that cannot either do a vpn , no way of logging into the router for access or just plain shut down altogether ! Some home routers or business routers do not support network features , and people just don't know !
I had a customer that asked " how can I connect to my office and how much does it cost for a router to connect to my network ? " Oh and What else do I need ?
So what are some of the ways to connect virtually to my network / Business ?
1. Simple Router for home or Business
A router can have many duties like a firewall and the ability to route internet traffic inside the network and outside as well as provide hardware connections for internal PC's and it may come with a wireless option also ! Most Carriers / Providers provide this as part of the internet package that you buy from them !
2. Router with VPN capabilities
A Virtual Private Network capability is software that runs on your router and on your pc that allows you to connect to the router by building a tunnel so that Your connection is direct and is separate from all other internet traffic ! That tunnel goes between your pc and the external router allowing you to enter the network like you are sitting at your desk ! You can access servers and equipment inside your network for work or whatever the purpose !
SIP or VOICE / Remote phones - Just a note here that if you have phones at your house then your house router would need to be VPN compatible as well ! Other wise we can open voice traffic via the main router . either way this requires a little more configuration ! Existing phone systems can do call forwarding all and you can forward your desk phone to your cell phone also !
Now you may want to connect to your own desktop computer that is in the office directly , one way to do this is to make sure Microsoft remote desktop ( RDP ) is enabled on your Computer and that you know the IP Address of your Work computer . Over the VPN your home pc will run remote desktop ( free to all Microsoft pc users ) and using the ip address of your work pc allow you to remotely connect to it and show your Work Desktop !
There are many ways to connect these 2 devices together and it is usually a very easy job to add in a VPN type router and it is 100% safe and Secure !! ON top of this for Restaurants or those who need a back up to their land lines , we can install one router and give you both land and wireless services ! ALL in ONE router !Imagine a Restaurant that loses their internet connection during the day or dinner hours ! No credit cards ! And for low cost to is actually a great way to back up your network or go completely wireless ! 4G ! Look for 5G coming out maybe next year or beyond ?
In our Office , We have in stock ready to ship small business routers VPN capable that are geared for remote and local workers ! Watch out for places like TeamViewer.com and GoToMyPC.com as they are great companies and have a fantastic product but are very costly and will not do a monthly contract , only a yearly and you MUST give them your credit card for annual renewal ! With a Virtual Private Network ( vpn ) client on your router , you can easily use a free Microsoft remote Desktop ( Microsoft RDP ) and connect to a local machine virtually !
And for less money than rebuilding your existing network ! So maybe you need to replace the router ? Around a thousand dollars and that is reasonable for full functionality , and you maybe You wish to add a 4G network Wireless connection on it and THAT is just a card to plug in if you lose your land network !
Today there are so many simple solutions to protecting your network with a firewall and a router or just a router for maybe just cloud applications ! Its all in what you need and most sites can have different requirements form restaurants with Point of Sale equipment to a common business that needs a firewall and a router to a small business with maybe a couple of computers and just a router with a firewall !
Questions ? Cost ? Labor ? What does it take ?
Cal us and we will be more than glad to help out and see what We can do to expand your remote worker capabilities ! We can set you up in possibly 24 hours and have you online with networking or even a phone system with phone lines and remote telephones !
So call Us today and have a Professional Conversation and allow us to help your make life easier in these troubled times !
And NOT break the Bank by doing this !!