Super User Intranet Solutions Intranet is a private network solutions used for the internal communication purposes of a firm. It is accessible only to an organization’s staff.Intranet is a private, secure network that enables employees to communicate, collaborate, share documents and other information, and also to access productivity tools. An intranet is often hosted and maintained on company servers and can only be accessed by internal employees.Intranet enhances the efficiency of the communication system in a cost-effective manner. Hence large firms can create new applications and resources for the employees or those in a certain work area. Rather than having IT staff manually upload all new software programs to each computer, employees can do this on their own. The companies can provide new anti-virus upgrades, document programs and more technical programs to its internal public through intranets. This enables the employees to self-select the tools that are useful to them. In addition to this, Intranet also offers significant advantages in security and privacy over the Internet and other forms of electronic communication. Companies can use various types of firewalls and encrypted technology to protect data and internal communication from hackers. The reliability of intranets is notable comparing to other technological solutions. Here the employees don’t have to be bothered about the bandwidth limitations and accessibility while opening intranet documents and tools. At times, the companies have to open up certain areas of their intranets to the partners, such as suppliers and customers, typically with a password. This is an extranet. For instance, a business should let its clients to track the progress of their orders, and the online payments of suppliers can be linked directly to the business accounts system. Wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), intranets and extranets are some of the advanced computer networking technologies which could be considered as the business develops. These networks would help the companies to link together the systems in different offices and also allows employees in remote areas to access your office systems. The key facet of the network is that it provides up-to-date information for your staff and business partners. Wide area networks (WANs) A corporate network which interconnects geographically dispersed networks. The WAN connects multiple local area networks together, into a more complex network which makes the internal communication simpler. You will need to use client/server networks, based around central server computers, to connect the various servers over a telecommunications network. WANs use often established with cables/lines that you lease from a telecoms company. Virtual private networks (VPNs) Virtual private networks is a technology which ensures safe and encrypted connection over a less secure network. A VPN allows the user to connect across the internet to the business' private network. It creates a secure link between the remote worker's computer and the central system. A VPN can be cheaper to use than leased lines or domestic-type broadband connections.