What You Need to Know About Network Auditing

Regularly auditing or assessing your network can help you keep track of inventory and determine how well your network is working. A network audit will comprehensively review your network, network devices and other equipment (servers, desktop computers, firewalls, etc.) for the following things: Hardware Inventory Software Inventory Security Vulnerabilities Patch Management Compliance If your business […]

400G Networking: What You Need to Know

Move over 100G, 400G is here! Just as we’ve become accustomed to (or are still waiting for) the power of 100G or 200G, vendors began premiering 400G capabilities and networking equipment last year. Our insatiable hunger for bandwidth has led us to constantly push for more to power our video and on-demand consumption. The rise […]

Best Ways to Avoid IP Fragmentation

IP fragmentation occurs when packets are broken up into smaller pieces (fragments) so they can pass through a link at a smaller maximum transmission unit (MTU) than the original (larger) packet size. The fragments are then put back together by the host receiving them, or destination host. IP fragmentation can cause problems when fragments are […]

How to Build in Redundancy for a Reliable Network

Hopefully, you’ve built your network to be fast, reliable, and secure. But even the best-laid plans can fall apart. Especially when dealing with natural disasters, power outages, or when the landscaper accidentally cuts through your fiber optic cable. In this post, we’ll cover ways to build in redundancy and failovers for when things go wrong. […]

Network Automation Basics

If your enterprise is looking to cut down on time spent on manual work such as reporting, simple but time-consuming tasks, or troubleshooting known issues, network automation can help. There are tools available to help you automate repetitive tasks and reporting to make your staff’s lives easier and save time that could be better spent […]

High-Bandwidth Networking

If your business requires more bandwidth than you are prepared for or you work for a business that uses a lot of bandwidth, there are some things you can do to make the most of the bandwidth you have. There is also technology and hardware available to help you manage high bandwidth use. What Does […]

Mesh Wireless Networking 101

What Are Wireless Mesh Networks? A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a wireless network that is made up of an interconnection of devices such as mesh clients, mesh routers (or nodes) and gateways. Rather than the small number of wired access points used by a traditional network, a wireless mesh network uses wireless mesh nodes […]

Switch Layer Levels

When trying to understand and select the right switch for your needs, you will need to know which layer it will operate on and what functionality is available for that layer. There are seven layers in the open system interconnection (OSI) model of networking framework. These layers are: Physical Data Link Network Transport Session Presentation […]

Diagnosing Mystery Network Issues

Is a specific service or protocol running slow? Are certain online services not working correctly? Can some users not connect to WiFi? Is one specific area of the network dropping packets at an unusually high rate? Sometimes issues come from places we can’t put a finger on. So, what do you do when issues are […]

Avoid Price Increases by Buying Used

With the recent price increases announced by Cisco on October 20, 2018, it’s important to remember that you have options when it comes to buying Cisco equipment. There are several reasons why buying used equipment can be the right financial decision. Tariffs and Fluctuating Markets Prior to the recent tariffs announced, the tech market had […]