Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often experience difficulties when it comes to leveraging the latest in network technologies. As mentioned in this MyBroadband article, from a cost perspective, the layout and setup of a network can be expensive and
accommodating potential future growth complicates the process.
“From a cost perspective, the layout and setup of a network can be prohibitively expensive, and the need to accommodate potential future growth complicates the process for smaller enterprises, as they often need to be able to scale quickly. The question of how many ports to buy, combined with need to upgrade to keep up with the growth of the business increases complexity. Wireless networks are easier to scale, but with this comes an increase in expense. While cable and hard wired networks are cheaper once installed, one needs to bear in mind the initial outlay of laying the infrastructure, as well as remember that they can only be scaled to grow to the number of ports on the switch.”