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How to Upgrade a Netgear Layer 2 Switch to a Netgear Layer 3 Switch

Posted by Jason Blalock on Feb 9, 2016 6:30:00 AM

If you have an existing Layer 2 NETGEAR network and you're thinking it's time to move up to Layer 3 service, the good news is that many NETGEAR switches make it as easy as a license upgrade.

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Topics: Switches, NETGEAR Switches

How Meraki Helps Identify all Networking Devices On Your WiFi

Posted by Jason Blalock on Feb 4, 2016 6:00:00 AM

One of the hardest parts of maintaining a WiFi system is keeping track of who's on your system, and what they're doing with it.  Yet this is also one of the most crucial aspects of WiFi management.

There have been tools available for years which help WiFi administrators try to keep track of networking devices on their system, but there were no real magic-bullet solutions.  Usually, your best bet was two combine two or more tools, such as a network scanner along with a packet-sniffer, and try to correlate the results based on IP or MAC address.  However, this is often imprecise, as well as being difficult to do quickly or easily. The only other viable option was expensive pieces of dedicated hardware.

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Topics: BYOD, Meraki

Why Cisco Refresh is an Especially Good Idea Now

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Feb 2, 2016 6:30:00 AM

There are lots of good reasons to buy refurbished and certified equipment. The bottom line is pretty simple: The equipment, if it is bought from a reputable source, is for all intents and purposes the same thing as buying new gear (except for the price tag).

The refurbished market – especially Cisco Refresh-- may be on the point of getting hot. The advent of software-defined networks and network functions virtualization (SDN and NFV) likely will gradually make an increasing amount of high quality equipment available.

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Topics: cisco refresh

Internet Service Providers List: Which One is Right for Your Business

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jan 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Is your current communications package giving you everything you need to succeed?  

Business communications are changing more quickly today than ever before.  Faster speeds and smarter networking architectures are opening new doors for business outreach and expansion, but these require telecom services which can keep up with the bandwidth demands.  If you're looking at network or communication system upgrades in 2016, a new ISP may be on the shopping list as well.

So, we've put together a short Internet service providers list, covering some of the top options available for business-class service.

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Topics: VoIP, Internet Service

Why A Meraki Access Point and Adtran Bluesocket are Best for 2016

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jan 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Controller-less networks are here and ready for prime-time. The modern business network can finally move out of the hand-managed and wire-focused paradigm of last century, and towards a far more robust and easier-to-manage solution!

For years, controller-less networks were a dream that was simply too hard to implement in reality. Scaling problems meant that these systems were limited in scope, with serious speed problems as the network grew. However, two companies have cracked the problem, using different approaches.

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Topics: Adtran ProCloud, Meraki

Cyber Hack 2015: A Year in Review

Posted by Jason Blalock on Jan 21, 2016 6:00:00 AM

2015 was another great year for hackers, but not for their victims.

Cybercrime has been steadily rising for years, with high-profile hacks making the headlines every few months, and plenty more not large enough to make the news.  The hacks 2015 saw had something to worry just about everyone, especially with millions of dollars and millions of customer records at stake every time this happens.  

So who were the biggest victims last year?  Let's take a quick look.

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Topics: Network Security, cyber hack

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