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4 Campus Network Design Tips For Consistent WI-Fi Connectivity

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 23, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Wireless networks can sometimes lose their efficiency when the layout for its connectivity hasn't been properly mapped out or updated, especially for larger locations like office buildings and campuses. This means that certain areas on location are going to have strong Wi-Fi, usually when they are closer to an access point, compared to other areas that might be further away and will have a weaker signal which normally results in slower speeds or no connection at all.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

How To Extend LAN Networks Across Streets or Between Buildings

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you expanding your offices to a building across the street or in a completely new location? Perhaps you want to set up satellite offices that need to be able to talk to the network at the main headquarters. Whatever the case, you can have consistent network connections that won't cost you thousands of dollars in rerouting. In fact, there are a couple of different ways you can extend your LAN networks effortlessly.

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, Wireless LAN, vWLAN

Securing Patient Records While Improving Experience with Wifi

Posted by John Ciarlone on Apr 17, 2014 6:00:00 AM

While WiFi security is a vital consideration for any business implementing a new network, it's absolutely critical for any business in the healthcare industry. Because the confidentiality of patient records is so important to our health system, there are robust regulations in place dictating how networks can be implemented in healthcare businesses.

HIPAA compliance is a pain, but it's simply not avoidable. Even minor infractions can bring large fines, or open your clinic up to lawsuits from patients.

So, when you're looking to implement WiFi in a hospital or other health facility, protecting your WiFi system should be your #1 concern.

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

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

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