Category Archives: Networking

Super Wi-Fi – Really! – Long way off still!

Well since the FCC approved the standard back in September of last year we have not heard much about this.  Well I think we are still a long way away from seeing this in the main stream.  It is going to be very expensive, there might be a few verticals that will be the first to start using.

Most companies and organization have or are upgrading to N Access Points today, I don’t see them doing it again so soon.

This new wireless networking standard promises speeds up to 22Mbps to devices as far as 100-kilometers (roughly 62-miles) away from the nearest transmitter. This new band of Wi-Fi on steroids comes through the patch of “white space” frequencies that were previously used to analog television broadcasts.

FULL – Article from CIO

Super Wi-Fi has 100km Range, is Coming to Save the Day

 

 

 

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Wireless Access Point & Cloud Management in the NEWS

Yesterday was a great day for Amer and PowerCloud Systems.

A press release sent,  plus an Article written about our Access Points & Cloud Management and details of the solution provided for a School District in Alabama.   One of our first install of 100 access points is up and running and has gone very well – the customer is extremely happy with how easy the install went and the performance of the access points.

Wayne Caudle, Boaz City School District IT director: “We prepare students for success in the 21st century and that requires a digital-classroom environment with great Wi-Fi connectivity as its foundation. Our high school students bring laptops to class and many use smartphones and even tablets on campus. Robust connectivity is a must-have, and Amer Network delivers a Wi-Fi solution that can manage this increasing demand.” “Amer’s cloud-based solution exceeded our operational requirements from Day One. Students and staff effortlessly connected across campuses and between buildings. Teachers can immediately start expanding their lesson plans to make technology a more integral part to their classroom instruction. Features such as enhanced security and network monitoring enable us to provide an online environment that is safe, controlled and powerful.”

Amer Networks Installs Cloud-Managed WiFi for Alabama Schools – Article – MSPmentor

PRNewswire – United Business Media

 


			

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Cloud Management for N – Access Points – How many do you have – How do you manage!

Want something with performance, something that is EASY to Manage!  You can read on for more details and/or review the video.

Wireless Access points – Today with WiFi everything – everyone is getting into the game and offering these services for their customers.  Just think – McDonald’s new modelled restaurants will all have Wireless access for their customers.

Does your doctor’s office or local restaurant have wi-fi yet – any place where you need to wait are potential customers looking at internet access for their patrons.   Today EDUCATION is no different – if they don’t already offer limited access they are growing that access to allow more and more students – visitors and faculty access for not only the school owned resources, but also the individuals hardware.

You have several options when looking at adding WiFi….

1) A consumer type product with limited management and function

2) Premier product that requires a management appliance to control and manage each of the access points

3) Cloud based solutions to manage and control access

AMER has a great offering in the Enterprise class Wireless N Access point with Cloud Management.  Being a new player entry into the Cloud Management arena – we have priced both our Hardware and management products very aggressively.

How would you like to configure all your access points from your desk, send them out to your schools and have them plugged into the network  – a few minutes later your wireless access points are up and running.  Need a guest Network, want to charge using the Hotspot feature and have everything including the credit card application ready to go!  AMER & CloudCommand are the products you want.

Need better security then a simple password that has to be changed as people leave or it gets to people who shouldn’t have it.  Want to know where and who is on your network at any time,  controlling the products that have access.   You give a student permission to use your network with your hardware, but you don’t want them to be able to use their iPhone as well.  Need to limit the time or bandwidth of access, want to give your users the ability to move around from building to building without losing connection.   Need to offer guest services – let your reception give them permission and be able track and limit both by time and capacity.   Want to know the bandwidth usage by person, by device and by Access point.

This is just a small portion of the features you receive when looking at Amer and Cloud Command.

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Apple – IPAD more then for GAMES! – REMOTE ACCESS…..

Want to have access to your home PC, your work PC (might be a little difficult) – Well for FREE you can set up your PC, download a single AP from the AP store and your almost ready to run your PC software, view your files etc…

Great VIDEO demonstration from itbusiness believe it or not.

Video Rewind: Turn your iPad into a remote desktop connection

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CABLES – REFERENCE – How Long can you GO!

If your working with cabling all the time you don’t need to read this post as you will remember what the limits are, but lets face it if it is not your primary job or responsiblity keeping all those numbers in your head can sometimes be difficult.

Did you know that both CAT5 and CAT6 have the same limitations?  How long can USB cables be? etc…

Great article in PC MECH giving you the most popular cables lengths.

Category 5

Maximum length: 328 feet / 100 meters

Most people refer to this as ‘network cable’ or CAT-5 for short. This is still what most people use in the home for wired networking.

You will run into signal problems starting at around 250 feet if the cable is old, pulled too tightly, crimped in certain places, etc. In order to achieve full signal at maximum length, the cable must be installed properly from beginning to end.

You can extend the length of CAT-5 by using traditional network hubs. Old routers can also serve as hubs

Get the rest of the article from:

How Far Can That Wire Go?

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Security – Wi-Fi – 28% of Wireless Networks are OPEN!

If this article does not make you take the time to secure your Wireless network at home, then I don’t know what will.  A huge amount of people have wireless networks and a large portion of these people have not turned on any security, some of turned off default settings like passwords because they don’t understand!

Take a read of the article and then go home and make sure your network is secure!

Chances are you don’t leave your front door unlocked. And you shouldn’t leave your Wi-Fi network unsecured either.

Many of you may have heard this before, but many still seem to not be doing anything about it. You should. Here’s why. With a $50 wireless antenna and the right software a criminal hacker located outside your building as far as a mile away can capture passwords, e-mail messages, and any other data being transmitted over your network, and even decrypt data that is supposedly protected

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Protect your PC and DATA – simple steps to stay safe!

Some simple steps to take today to protect your family data and computers from the ever-increasing threat of infections….

1) Install anti-virus / spyware software – but remember you have to keep these up to date

2) Update your software – Setup up Microsoft Auto update and keep everything current.

3) Use strong passwords and keep them secret (14 characters long, using letters, numbers and symbols)

4) Never turn off your Firewall on your computer

5) Setup your router in a secure method to stop people using your bandwidth, but also keep people out of your network.

6) Use Flash drives carefully – Make sure any key your using, you know where it has been

7) Don’t download malware

  • Be very cautious about opening attachments or clicking links in email or IM, or in posts on social networks (like Facebook)—even if you know the sender. Call to ask if a friend sent it; if not, delete it or close the IM window.

  • Avoid clicking Agree, OK, or I accept in banner ads, in unexpected pop-up windows or warnings, on websites that may not seem legitimate, or in offers to remove spyware or viruses.

    • Instead, press CTRL + F4 on your keyboard.
    • If that doesn’t close the window, press ALT + F4 on your keyboard to close the browser. If asked, close all tabs and don’t save any tabs for the next time you start the browser.
  • Only download software from websites you trust. Be cautious of “free” offers of music, games, videos, and the like. They are notorious for including malware in the download

  • Get the full article from Microsoft with full details on each topic

    How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC

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    Windows Upgrade – Moving from XP to WIN7 – Steady State

    Do you use Steady State tool kit?

    You always have to wonder when companies have a great product or service – they do an upgrade and that service goes away.  Well Microsoft is certainly one of those companies many times over.

    I see some changes happening at Microsoft, they are starting to do many things differently – one of them is listening to the users and doing something about it or trying!

    If you manage system then most likely you have used Windows Steady State tool kit, well they have never created a Windows 7 version of this great tool.  When I say Microsoft listens and take actions, well I don’t think you will see Steady State for WIN7…..

    A Windows 7 version of Steady State was not created and we’ve heard loud and clear from IT Pros that this is something they wanted and needed.  After we evaluated the types of functionality Steady State provides, we found that using new Windows capabilities that are built into Windows 7, Group Policies and free tools from Microsoft, the majority of Steady State functionality could actually be replicated by IT admins.

    The good news is that they have addressed this concern and have put together a few papers explaining how to do almost the same thing as Steady State for XP and Vista within WIN7 – So Microsoft says…

    Going back to the Windows article, the comments don’t paint a very good picture… read for yourself!

    If your thinking of moving to WIN7 or already have and was wondering where STEADY STATE was, well you have your answer and some reading to do.

    Steady State for Windows 7

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    White Space Wi-Fi – What does it really mean!

     Being able to move from classroom to classroom with a connection is great, but how many wireless access points do you need to get good coverage throughout a building.   White Space Wi-Fi will allow you to have fewer devices as the single is stronger and will not weaken when going through walls.  The hard part at the school level is the need to invest in NEW hardware to take advantage of this new technology.  Something to think about down the road, we will have to see how it all works out over the next few months.

    A good article to read up on the technology: 

    What You Need to Know About White Space Wi-Fi

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    iPad Deployment – What to look out for!

    A lot of college’s are rolling out iPads and I know of several K12 Districts either doing it or thinking of doing it at some level  For certain applications this is a great product and you should learn from your peers what surprises you might encounter when doing so.

    From an article that ran in CIO today! 

    My iPad Enterprise Rollout: 5 Surprises

    350 iPads deployed, 650 more arriving by end of year: Florida State College CIO Rob Rennie is busy learning real-world lessons from his iPad enterprise rollout. Consider these five pieces of wisdom that he shared with CIO.com.

    Some other articles you might be interested in:

    Will iPad Fail in School?  Brother Rice High School envisions an iPad in every student’s hands but must wait for Apple to bring enterprise-class remote monitoring to make it happen.

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