What is an intranet?

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What is intranet and how does it work?

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Beaming Support

Intranets are used by many companies as a way of conveying information and sharing data with other members of their network.

An intranet is a secure way of sharing information between employees. In order to access your company’s intranet, you’ll need to be connected to its LAN (Local area network).

A company intranet is essentially  an internal website for members of an organisation. This is useful to communicate messages between staff.  Important information, links, forms and applications can all be made available using the intranet. Databases can also be linked to the setup of the intranet in order to provide further access to company records and even improve security by holding usernames of people that are allowed access.

What equipment do I need to host an intranet?

A web server is used to host the intranet and the machine itself will depend on the content and the amount of users. For example if the intranet is going to have content such as videos that will be streamed by a lot of employees then the server will need to be of a higher specification. Again for an intranet this will require an IP within the LAN.

Intranet is in the long term a cheaper way of conveying these sorts of messages as although the equipment is needed initially, you will then be able to distribute messages etc freely as opposed to paper based notes.

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