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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Designing A LAN Network For Multiple Floors

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

More companies these days are installing new networks than ever before, which unfortunately means that there are a lot of “rookie mistakes” being made. Modern business networks aren't the ad-hoc collections of hardware that they were 10-15 years ago. A proper network today requires planning, to maximize its effectiveness while minimizing expenditures.

After all, as we've discussed before, overspending on a network can be as big a problem as underspending.

Here are the five problems we most commonly see, especially among companies installing their first network. Avoid these, and you'll see a successful deployment.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wireless Network, Wireless LAN, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

5 Ways To Secure Your WiFi Connection

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 15, 2014 3:56:00 AM

There are few issues more important when dealing with the Internet and WiFi than system security. The ease-of-access that WiFi provides also opens up huge potential security issues, since theoretically anyone within range of your routers might be able to gain access to your system, authorized or not.

Plus, given how strict data protection regulations are in many industries, especially when dealing with customer data, system security isn't simply a good idea. A security breach can easily snowball into a multi-million dollar expense, depending on the scope of the intrusion.

So, let's run down some common ways you can help secure your network!

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, Wifi Antenna

How VoIP Phone Systems Meet Tomorrow's Demands

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 10, 2014 6:00:00 AM

It's really amazing how far business communications systems have come in the last couple decades. Fifteen years ago, everyone but the absolute biggest businesses were still using the same copper wire services that had been in place since the early 20th century. Now, practically overnight, the Internet has brought entirely new ways of handling communications, and the old phone system is quickly falling by the wayside.

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Topics: VoIP, Phone Systems

Finding Old Phone System Parts, It Ain't Easy!

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 9, 2014 6:00:00 AM

When dealing with older phone systems, are you having trouble finding replacement parts? Maybe upgrading your current phone system is becoming more of a chore. Don't worry, this is actually a very common problem but can be easily fixed. Most phone systems can last quite a long time--sometimes ten years or more--but technology is constantly changing and updating, which usually means your business also needs to keep up in order to remain competitive. There are a couple solutions you can do in order to get the old phone system parts you need as well as alternatives that will also help.

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Topics: Adtran Phone Systems, Business Phone Service, Phone Systems

4 Phone System Problems Every Business Will Face at Some Point

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 8, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Businesses are constantly using their phone systems for everyday use, whether it is an on-going sales team, internal communications, network systems, or other integral communications. This also means everyday wear and tear is eventually going to happen. It doesn't matter if you are extra careful with the equipment, sometimes things are going to run into problems but that is why you're prepared for the worst (or not so worse) by planning ahead. How exactly can you do that when you will eventually face issues with your own phone system? Here are four common problems and great contingency plans to make sure you're ready for anything.

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Topics: Adtran Phone Systems, Business Phone Service, Phone Systems

How To Separate Guest Wifi Access From Internal Corporate LAN

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

These days, it's that a business with any sort of network will have "guest" access available for customers and other visitors to use. On the whole, there's plenty of reason to do this. The extra costs are extremely minimal, since most people are just checking their email or social media, so there won't be much extra bandwidth usage. Yet, it creates a powerful stimulant to your foot traffic - especially if your business has people sitting around already.

The biggest issue, in fact, comes from security concerns. If you have a guest network, it must be kept separate from your business systems. Otherwise, every time you let a visitor into your WiFi, they could potentially breach your private corporate network.

Luckily, there are plenty of options for getting around this while still offering WiFi to your clientele.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, vWLAN

Affordable Alternatives to Office Network Recabling and Rewiring

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 2, 2014 6:00:00 AM

There are a lot of factors that determine the price of network upgrades, and one that's often overlooked is the cost of rewiring. When a company expands its network, it often creates a need to drop more cables into the walls or ceiling, and that sort of physical work can start becoming expensive, quickly.

Accordingly, when you're looking into upgrades, solutions requiring fewer cables are going to be more affordable. You can ultimately save money, if you can avoid having people digging around in the walls. Further, "wireless" options allow quicker installation and configuration, simplifying rollouts.

So, let's look at the options here. First, to address an obvious question:

Are There Advantages To Physical Cabling? 

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Business IT Network

The Network Buzz: What's New In Wifi Capability

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 1, 2014 6:00:00 AM

In this blog, we like to look towards the future. After all, a smart network purchase doesn't just cover your needs today - it's an investment in an infrastructure you'll be using for years. 

Knowing what's on the horizon for WiFi means you have more options in planning, and a better idea where your upgrade roadmap might take you!

What You Should Know About Wireless, Present And Future

I apologize in advance for the confusing naming conventions. Blame the IEEE; they're the ones giving everything cryptic numbers rather than names.

The Current Top Standard: 802.11ac

Currently, the state of the art in available WiFi is the 802.11ac standard, which is coming to replace the previous 802.11n standard. 802.11ac - is capable of a truly impressive 1.3 gigabits per second of throughput, which means it can transfer a gigabyte of information (such as a single 720p film) in about six and a half seconds.

802.11ac is also fully backwards compatible with previous standards, so an 802.11ac system can still talk to your older hardware. However, of course, the older hardware won't be able to take advantage of that throughput, so it would potentially create a bottleneck.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wireless LAN

The Best Entry-Level Gigabit Ethernet Switches Compared

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

Today, there are enterprise-grade routers and network access points for every size business, large and small. Ten years ago, business networking products were solely aimed at large enterprises, but now there's an impressive range of low-cost options that are perfect for organizations looking to build their first unified communications network.

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Topics: Adtran Switches

The Growing Companies Guide To Buying A New Phone System

Posted by John Ciarlone on Mar 27, 2014 6:00:00 AM

As a growing company, you need to make sure that you're staying within budget but are still able to grow and expand. This can be a difficult juggling act, especially when you consider all of the necessities that a business needs in order to properly function everyday. There's the fleet of computers, software, and of course the coffee machine. But there is another part very important for your day to day business challenges and that's a reliable phone system.

VoIP, data, and communications are integral for a fully functioning business. Sure, you can send out emails, but what about conference calls? Your sales staff? And if you're working on computers all day, you're certainly going to need the proper hardware for networking (and no, not the Facebook kind of networking!).

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Topics: Adtran Phone Systems, Business Phone Service, Phone Systems

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