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Wireless Mesh Networking: Recommended Maximum Distances

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 29, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Wireless mesh networking can be the ideal approach for hard-to-wire places. It’s great for large spaces, such as sports arenas or warehouses, or for outdoor use to connect entire cities. Mesh networking requires no Ethernet cables and has the added advantage of built-in intelligence so if one wireless access point (AP) fails the system reroutes the signal without human intervention.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wi-Fi Bridging/Mesh Network

8 Reasons Why SMB Are Choosing NETGEAR Switches

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Ethernet switches have become an integral part of networking because of the speed and efficiency with which they handle data traffic. Whether you are wiring a campus-wide network or a small office, reliable and affordable Ethernet switches are a requirement for all small- to medium-sized business (SMBs), and the comprehensive line of NETGEAR switches has become one of the most popular on the market.

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Topics: NETGEAR Switches

Basic Tradeshow Wi-Fi Planning Strategy

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Use of wireless networks at tradeshows has exploded in recent years.  From presentations to interactive demonstrations and everything in between, Wi-Fi is used to make your tradeshow booth exciting and engaging for visitors.

To get the most out of a tradeshow Wi-Fi experience, make sure your booth has all the bases covered.  The following is a step by step wi-fi planning guide to help you present the best experience for your organization and your booth guests:

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Topics: Wireless LAN, vWLAN

2.5G and 5G Ethernet Standards Fill the Gap for Cat 5 Wiring

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 22, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Users have always sought more speed. Faster data rates mean more high-bandwidth applications like voice-over-IP and streaming video. Today, networking speeds of 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps are fairly common, but network speeds are becoming too fast. For the first time there are working groups trying to devise slower Ethernet standards to fill the gap between 1 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet speeds to preserve the current copper cable infrastructure.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Switches

WiFi Calling: Is it Time to Change Your Wireless Access Points?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Apple's iPhone 6 sold more than ten million units the weekend it was released, and industry experts credit the phone's sleek design, larger size, and increased mobile capability as a few of the reason's for the phone's popularity.  Both the iPhone 6 and earlier iPhones running the IOS 8 update will have the option to run WiFi calling, a feature well established in many android phones.  Simply put, WiFi calling allows the user to make and receive voice calls, text messages, and access voice mail over the Wi-Fi network, as opposed to their carrier's cellular network. 

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wireless Network

Internet of Things: 2015 Outlook

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 20, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The Internet of Things is coming! Have you heard?

Of course you've heard.  Between a whole stack of conferences lately, and big announcements out of Cisco and Microsoft and a host of other companies, it would be nearly impossible not to hear about the "Internet-of-Things." Every product designer and networking company are salivating at the thought of having every gizmo in someone's home or business connected to the Internet.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment, Wireless LAN, Network Equipment

Can your Wireless Network Handle WiFi Calling?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Today, connectivity is invaluable for the productivity of a business. One key resource for remaining connected is the smartphone. We aren't talking about surfing the web or any of the other nifty features that modern smartphones come with either. Right now we are just talking about making simple phone calls.

One burgeoning resource for helping you to make wireless calls is WiFi calling. Is your company's wireless network prepared for this technology?

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wireless LAN

10 Gig Switches: The Best Affordable Options Today

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

There are more options in affordable networking today than ever before, and you might be surprised at some of the offerings that are out there.  Are you looking beyond the big names like Cisco to investigate more-affordable options in current-generation business networking?

In particular, today we wanted to highlight a couple new offerings from NETGEAR which have really impressed us.  NETGEAR, of course, is best-known for their long-standing line of consumer-grade home equipment.  However, in the last couple years, they've been making a push to get taken seriously in the small-to-medium business market.

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Topics: Switches, NETGEAR Switches

How Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment Differs From Used Equipment

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

 There's no brand in networking with more recognition than Cisco.  Since the 1980s, they've been the name in big-business network options.

These days, there's a lot of competition on the market, and a lot of brands that lay claim to Cisco's title.  However, Cisco still dominates the market, as well as still being the undisputed leaders in large highly-scalable systems of the sort that huge multinational companies need.

Despite many worthy competitors, Cisco still currently holds a spot much like IBM once had:  No one ever gets fired for buying Cisco.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment, Cisco Compatible Optics

How Mesh Networking can Save Your IT Budget in 2015

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 8, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Mesh Networking is an evolving technology with tremendous implications for speed, cost and reliability of network connectivity. Current technology relies on single WiFi access points connecting to multiple devices. Each wireless access point only communicates directly with the switch. This direct communication model limits speed, requires multiple wired access points, and makes it vulnerable to down time as a result of equipment malfunction.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wireless LAN, Business IT Network

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