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5 Myths About NETGEAR Switches

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

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We do a lot of work with small-to-medium sized businesses who need to implement modern enterprise networking, but on tight budgets.  Yet, when we mention NETGEAR switches, we often get incredulous responses like "But they're a consumer brand!"

In actually, they are quickly becoming respected in the business field as well, as a solid alternative for growing SMBs that need reliable but inexpensive networking.  

Sure, NETGEAR doesn't have all the features that Cisco offers on their high end products, but they also cost a fraction of what Cisco does.  Most don't compare apples to apples.  Often, new NETGEAR equipment is cheaper than buying last-generation pre-owned Cisco hardware.  Plus, NETGEAR has a few advantages of their own.

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Topics: NETGEAR Switches

10 Gigabit Ethernet Switches: 6 Benefits You Might Not Have Considered

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 9, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Are you contemplating an upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches?  Thanks to NETGEAR's new entries into fully enterprise-class 10G networking, this is a question a lot more businesses these days are contemplating.  10 Gigabit speeds are becoming affordable for more than just the largest players.

The obvious advantage to 10 Gigabit Ethernet is, of course, the speeds involved.  Not every business needs that sort of speed (yet), but there are a growing number of operations that do need it.  Small outfits can still deal in huge amounts of data, and those 10G speeds can make a big difference to your productivity.  

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Topics: Switches, NETGEAR Switches

Differences Between Cisco IOS Versions Explained

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 2, 2015 6:30:00 AM

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One question we commonly hear about Cisco switches is "What's the difference between different levels of IOS software?"  This is a good question, and one that's often difficult to locate within their materials.

Any piece of Cisco hardware is going to ship with one of four basic editions of IOS.  They share version numbers and updates, but have different levels of service attached to each.  These are "LAN Lite," "LAN Base," "IP Base," and "IP Services."

So in this article, we'll provide a brief overview of what these three IOS editions are and who might want to use them.

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Topics: Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches

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

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