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The Best VoIP Business Phone Systems Compared

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 31, 2014 6:00:00 AM

With at least a quarter of American businesses already standardizing on VoIP, and ever more looking to embrace it in the next couple years, it seems clear that the old copper wire services are finally on their way out. Ma Bell had a good run – over a century! – but it was inevitable that something better than the old phone grid would eventually come along.

That something, of course, is Voice-over-IP. Broadly speaking, VoIP offers three primary benefits over the older system. These then usually spawn numerous sub-benefits as a result.

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Topics: VoIP, Phone Systems

Hotel Guest Wifi: To Charge Or Not To Charge That is The Question

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 30, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Whenever any business is considering putting in guest WiFi, the question of monetizing access comes up. However, in hotels and other hospitality businesses, this is a more critical question than most. Whether a business charges for access or not will make a lot of difference in their future monetization, so it's an important decision to make.

Today, we wanted to run down the options, and why a hotel might -or might not- want to charge for their guest WiFi usage.

To Charge Or Not To Charge Or...?

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wifi Antenna

The Most Desired Features In A New Business Phone System

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you still running on phone systems from last decade?

The revolution in online connectivity and networking technologies has reached phone services, with an entirely new world of business phone systems penetrating the market.   Old-style paired-wire phones and hard-wired exchanges have given way to fluid, Internet-based voice systems that eliminate most hardware restrictions.

A new phone network can be one of the best productivity upgrades a business today can buy for itself.

The Five Most Useful Features In A New Business Phone System...

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Topics: Business Phone Service, Phone Systems

Understanding The Pros and Cons of BYOD in Schools

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 24, 2014 5:00:00 AM

If you're involved in the technological decision-making for a school district, you've undoubtedly become aware of the controversy surrounding “Bring Your Own Device” policies. This is causing waves across all areas of business, but when it comes to school districts, there are particular elements at play that make BYOD something of a gamble.

And those 'particular elements' are, of course, your students.

A BYOD-ready WiFi network could bring a lot of benefits to your teachers and other workers, but there are issues involved with the student body that require some thought. Allowing students to use their own electronic devices brings benefits and drawbacks that are often highly complex.

Elements To Consider Before Implementing At Your School

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, BYOD

Why BYOD Spells Relief For Strained School Budgets

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 23, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Bring-Your-Own-Device is one of the hottest tech trends in business, and now it's coming to school districts. Increasing numbers of schools are now looking to embrace the Internet, rather than locking it down, to improve their own operations as well as offering new teaching opportunities.

BYOD is relatively inexpensive to implement, and it can start bringing major benefits to your school: You'll get direct cost savings, as well as numerous areas where small optimizations can eventually add up to even more savings.

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Topics: BYOD, Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

Embrace The BYOD Revolution Through Effective Management

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Bring-Your-Own-Device is quickly becoming one of the biggest – and most controversial – new industries in business networking. The boom of employees bringing their personal devices to work is undeniable, and many businesses were eager early adopters.

However, over the last couple years, new problems have arisen. As a new approach, early adopters are also discovering the problems which weren't immediately apparent.

This doesn't mean BYOD isn't right for your business, but it does mean thoughtful planning and implementation are necessities. The companies that seem to be having the most problems are, largely, those who seem to do the least pre-planning.

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Topics: BYOD

How Far Have We Come With Technology In The Classroom?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 21, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Over 40 years ago, the Jetsons cartoons depicted a modern world in which robot maids did the housework, and people commuted to work and ran their daily errands in personal spaceships. While an amusing thought, it was likely that that the show depicted at least one creator's hopes that we would have all of those conveniences sooner than later.

While you may not spend your morning drive soaring high above traffic jams, technology has become much more prevalent in the everyday lives of people everywhere. We can surf the internet from a tablet in our kitchen, or turn our smart phones into a virtual Swiss Army knife with applications that can help us to live better lives.

But surprisingly, many of the benefits of today's technological advances have yet to reach one vital aspect of every successful society: the classroom.

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Topics: Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

The New Bluesocket 2035 Wireless Access Point Is Fast and Reliable

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 18, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If you're looking at deploying a WiFi network that needs to cover a wide area, or will one day be widespread, the new ADTRAN Bluesocket 2035 Wireless Access Point makes a great investment in your network's future.

Bluesocket is already known throughout the virtual networking industry for its power, ease of use, and simple deployments. The BSAP 2035 takes that to the next level, adding 802.11ac support, robust new BYOD features, and the capacity to support up to six additional external antennas.

What makes the Bluesocket 2035 a great choice for networks that need room to expand? Let's take a look.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

3 Things To Consider When Mapping Out Your WLAN Design

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 17, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If your business doesn't have a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) already, it's probably on the menu for a future expansion. Wireless networks bring plenty of benefits to both businesses and their customers, making a great investment for any company looking to leverage the global Internet for success.

However, even a well-planned network upgrade can be expensive - and a poorly-planned one can be extremely expensive, especially over the long term. Proper pre-planning is a necessity for creating an affordable network which solves more problems than it causes.

These are the most critical areas to think about during your planning, before you commit to any specific architecture or vendor.

Three Important Issues To Consider BEFORE Implementing A WLAN...

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, vWLAN

The Top 10 Things Your Employees Want In a New Phone System

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 16, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Telephones are still one of the backbones of our businesses. Despite the rise of email and other methods of communication, old-fashioned voice networks are still one of the the main ways you'll contact your customers and business partners.

A new business phone system, updated to bring the latest features, isn't just a technology investment. You're buying tools that will make your workers' lives easier and more productive. If you focus on purchasing phones that will bring the most benefit to your workers, that will ultimately boost their long-term ROI.

Not sure where to start? We've got ten suggestions for features that are certain to give your employees what they want!

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Topics: VoIP, Phone Systems

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