I've been recently tasked with re-building an old computer network for a small enterprise that was always maintained very poorly. To give you an idea of a situation: A single router is connected to HUB1. HUB1 is then connected to 3 Win10 PCs, 1 XP and HUB2. HUB2 is then connected to 1 Win10 PC. Everything runs through cables at the moment.
To store data, they currently use a completely decentralized approach. Which is of course a nice way to say it's completely random. there's lots of important data here and there, small stuff, mostly pdfs and text documents, so size isn't a problem.
To solve this, we've decided to buy a little NAS (2TB, nothing too big).
I'm currently trying to find best practices and such to be able to eventually scale up the network, so I was hoping this could become a topic for discussion on how to modernize old infrastructures.
For this specific case, the needs of the company will mostly be about centralizing the data structure and having some more redundancy: we'll probably also store the most important stuff on a Cloud somewhere. Anything to avoid specifically? I was really wondering about that HUB1-2 thing, will it create problems?
Thanks in advance, -Oscar