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WiFi Mobility Brings Better Staff Efficiency & Patient Outcomes

Posted by John Ciarlone on May 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Real-time data sharing is becoming one of the new must-haves in modern medical facilities.  If you're not looking ahead to cloud-based WiFi mobility options for your hospital or clinic, it might be time to start.

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Topics: Hospitality Solutions

802.11ac Wave 2 Has Big Implications for Wired LANs

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on May 19, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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The speed for a 802.11ac wireless access point continues to accelerate. That’s good news for everyone, from wireless and cellular users to IT departments. But, for the latter group, it means that they have some serious planning to do.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

802.11ac Wireless Access Point Wave 2 Improvements Explained

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

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If you have a WiFi focused network and are starting to feel the data pinch as too many users are fighting over too little bandwidth, it may be time to start thinking about a 802.11ac access point.  It's the current state-of-the-art in consumer and business WiFi, and it's set to get better yet sometime this year.  (We hope.) 

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

Passpoint WiFi Helps A Wireless Network Up Its Game

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on May 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM


In many ways, the evolution of the cellular network and WiFi network couldn’t be more different. That’s a bit ironic, because WiFi is looking more like cellular and, as time passes, the two wireless networking techniques will increasingly interoperate.

Cellular, of course, was built for global communications. In this country, it uses licensed -- and therefore expensive -- spectrum. WiFi, on the other hand, uses spectrum that is free. Until relatively recently WiFi was more an enabler than a major platform. Its goal was to traffic data around homes, businesses and other isolated venues.

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

Cisco Refresh: A New Way To Think About Refurbished Cisco Switches

Posted by John Ciarlone on May 7, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Hummingbird Networks has long been proud to serve as Cisco Certified Partners, so we're happy to tell you about a new initiative from Cisco that might lead you to rethink Cisco networking!  

If you've wanted a Cisco switch, but thought it wasn't in your budget, the new Cisco Refresh program may be just what you need.

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Topics: Cisco Switches, Switches

Great Restaurant WiFi Turns Visitors Into Regulars

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

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Consumer adoption of ever-faster smartphones and tablets has proceeded unabated, with customers in 2015 more tied to their devices than ever before.  The availability of the 802.11ac wireless access point and Gigabit connections has turned mobile devices into go-anywhere media consumption machines, and the main (or only) way their users stay in touch with each other.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

4 Reasons You Should Invest in NETGEAR Switches

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Is it time for your small - but growing - business to get a new network designed for business?  Small operations can work off consumer-grade equipment for awhile, but eventually, you're going to need the power and flexibility of enterprise-class networking.  

As it turns out, a brand you may already be familiar with is starting to make waves in the business networking community:  NETGEAR.  They've been among the most trusted brands in home networking for years, and now they're making hardware aimed specifically at small-to-medium sized business operations.

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Topics: NETGEAR Switches

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


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