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Netgear M4300 Switch Review

Posted by Jason Blalock on Aug 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

We've commented in the past about how effortlessly NETGEAR has begun making waves in the SMB networking arena.  Even though they'd previously only been associated with consumer-grade hardware, they're now quickly coming to be known for highly affordable mid-range enterprise equipment with some interesting twists to their design philosophies.

A business wouldn't buy NETGEAR for cutting-edge hardware, but rather for extremely reliable established technology that offers superior ROI and TCO, as well as great flexibility in implementation.

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Topics: NETGEAR Switches

The Reason Behind the Demise of the Out of Office Email

Posted by Jason Blalock on Aug 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Does it seem like you're receiving fewer "out of office" automatic email replies these days?  If so, it's no coincidence - a variety of new communication technologies are available which make out of office email messages largely unnecessary.  With the right software at their back, workers are rarely "out of the office" because the office can come to them!

So today, we wanted to take a quick look at some of the most common ways companies are avoiding the dreaded "out of office" messages, and ensuring communications make it to their intended recipient on the first try.

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Topics: VoIP, Cisco Unified Communications

Top 5 Reasons You Might Want to Move to an SD WAN

Posted by Jason Blalock on Aug 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The hot topic in networking this year is almost certainly debates over the promise and potential of Software-Defined Networking, aka SDN or SD-WAN.  After decades of dealing with hardware-specific networking standards which require high levels of expertise to properly administer, SD-WAN puts forward the hope of a much easier way of handling business networks.

Simply put, SD-WAN proposals (and there are many flavors at the moment) revolve around moving all the major software functions into shared cloud-based or virtualized spaces, where they're largely abstracted from the hardware.  Once such a virtualized space is made, the software doesn't necessarily rely on any specific hardware, especially as better APIs and other standards evolve.

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Topics: SD Wan

How the Cisco Apple Deal Will Change How You Use Your iPhone

Posted by Jason Blalock on Aug 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

For years, one of the biggest complaints that IT managers have had about trying to implement BYOD policies with Apple devices is that Apple's proprietary walled-off architecture made their iPhones and iPads difficult to manage or integrate directly into Unified Communications strategies.  Now, it appears that situation is finally about to truly change.

The industry has known for nearly a year that Cisco and Apple had begun working together, but no one was entirely sure just what that entailed.  Now, a series of announcements and an impressive presentation at Cisco Live 2016 have finally shed a lot more light on the deal... and it looks like it's going to be a big boom for Cisco managers with a lot of Apple devices in their office.

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Topics: Cisco Unified Communications

The NETGEAR ProSAFE M4200:  High Speeds and Open Standards

Posted by Jason Blalock on Aug 11, 2016 6:00:00 AM

As we've discussed before, there are some pretty significant issues facing businesses which would like to adopt 802.11ac Wave 2 high-speed WiFi products.  They require large amounts of power to operate the multiple radios, and a lot of existing networking hardware simply isn't designed to pump out as much bandwidth as they need for full-speed functionality.  And, of course, as Wave 2 marches onwards towards the 5Gbps+ speeds promised in coming years, this problem will only grow bigger.

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Topics: NETGEAR Switches

The Truth about 802.11ac Wave 2: Top Myths Exposed

Posted by Jason Blalock on Aug 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Are you all hyped up about 802.11ac Wave 2?  It's certainly been getting a lot of coverage lately.  You might even be thinking about holding off on upgrades, in expectation of major new advances in WiFi speeds probably sometime late in 2017.

Is Wave 2 being overhyped?  Is it largely an invention of the marketers? While it will eventually be pretty cool, questions come up constantly if it's worth waiting for if you're already in need of WiFi reinvestment.  In light of all the extremely optimistic claims being made, it's time for a reality check.

Let's take a look...

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Meraki

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