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Wireless Roaming: The Hows And Whys

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 26, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Roaming is increasingly becoming an important factor in WiFi network deployment, and we're not talking about cellular roaming.  Any WiFi access point has a limited range, and if your employees are moving around a lot in their job while using WiFi devices, roaming becomes an issue.

Strictly speaking, "roaming" occurs whenever a client device switches from one WiFi access point to another.  Ideally, this happens seamlessly - although, of course, that's easier said then done.

So let's look at some of the issues surrounding wireless roaming in Cisco Meraki systems and network topographies that enable it.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

The Importance of VLAN Segmentation for Voice and Data

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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One of the best strategies for a company looking to host both data and VoIP traffic on the same network is VLAN segmentation.  If you're still hosting voice and data on a single VLAN, we've got some suggestions for why a change may be in order.

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Topics: VoIP, Switches

MPO Connectors and 40G QSFP+: Detailed Breakdown

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM

As the speed and transfer rates of computer hardware continue to grow alongside demand for ever-more data, new cabling becomes a necessity to keep up.  The new standard for 40G backbones is MPO connectors:  Multiple-Fiber Push On / Pull Off.  These work with Quad SFP+ transceivers to allow four simultaneous 10G or better connections.

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Topics: Transceivers, Cisco Compatible Optical Transceivers

Digital Millennium Copyright Act: Illegal Downloads at Your Hotel

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

One of the biggest challenges facing hotels and other hospitality businesses with WiFi is limiting the abuse of that WiFi by guests.  A lot of users will happily pirate bootleg materials (or worse) via hotel connections, and that can create a number of problems:

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Topics: Wireless LAN, Hospitality Wi-Fi Solutions

Cisco Small Business Support Service (SBSS): Why It's Important

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Here's a common misconception we sometimes hear:  There's no point for a small business to buy Cisco, because they can't afford the support needed to run the equipment properly.

While perhaps that was true some years ago, it's most certainly not true today!  As part of their campaign to bring in more small-to-medium sized businesses, Cisco offers their Small Business Support Service specifically for smaller organizations.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment

Cisco SMARTnet Key Features You Didn't Know About

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 5, 2015 6:00:00 AM

While many grumble about the cost of Cisco's products, you're buying more than simple networking equipment.  Depending on the service plan you choose, you could get direct access to the expertise of the world's best-known and most-installed networking company.

Cisco SMARTnet is a new way of handling technical support with an emphasis on proactivity.  While it offers standard support when needed, it also provides your staff with multiple new tools that prevent needless network problems.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment, Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches

802.11ac Wave 2 vs. Wave 1: What's the Difference?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM

802.11ac was introduced to handle the new boom in devices that need to use a wireless network at faster speeds. Improvements were expected but the new features and products would come in waves, with the current wave 1 products introduced in 2013. Wave 2 products are expected to start becoming available in 2015. What are the differences between wave 1 and wave 2 products and features?

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wireless LAN

5 Benefits of Using a Single Hardware Vendor

Posted by John Ciarlone on Feb 26, 2015 6:00:00 AM

There's more reason than ever before to standardize on a single hardware vendor for your networking equipment!

In decades past, a lot of businesses could "get away" with mix-and-matching hardware from different vendors and still end up with a functional network.  This meant they could simply select hardware as needed, at the moment, based on what's most affordable across all the brands.

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Topics: Network Equipment, Business IT Network

Cisco SMARTNet vs. Small Business Support Service: Key Differences

Posted by John Ciarlone on Feb 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Small-to-medium sized businesses have more options for Cisco support than ever before, with a range of support contracts that can be purchased to extend the lifespan and ROI of Cisco hardware.

The two major options are between Cisco SMARTnet or the Cisco Small Business Support Service.  The latter is much more affordable for smaller operations, but brings a reduced set of services.

Here's a quick rundown of the major differences.

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Topics: Cisco Equipment

802.11ac Wave 2 Landed At CES 2015!

Posted by John Ciarlone on Feb 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM

While there are many different innovations on the horizon for WiFi, let's be honest: most people are primarily concerned with speeds.  While 802.11ac was certainly an improvement over prior standards, it wasn't exactly blazing-fast and is in danger of lagging behind advanced technologies like 4K video streaming.

Enter 802.11ac Wave 2, something that's been talked about for a couple years.  These newer units have more onboard hardware, and smarter sub-systems, to substantially boost speeds.  With 802.11ad on the horizon, this gives 802.11ac another shot in the arm with more reason buy.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points


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