Why You Should Simplify Your Network

A network is more than a complex interconnection of routers, switches and load balancers, other endpoints, like data, devices, infrastructure and, most importantly, people. Network complexity can be measured by the number of endpoints, connections between endpoints and the flow of information as it performs business functions. The more endpoints, [...]

By |2019-03-06T21:47:58-06:00February 28, 2019|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2019-01-22T15:09:27-06:00January 29, 2019|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2019-01-22T15:01:00-06:00January 22, 2019|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2019-01-18T17:15:46-06:00January 18, 2019|Networking, Technology|

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 [...]

By |2019-01-09T15:00:19-06:00January 9, 2019|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2018-12-17T20:15:48-06:00December 17, 2018|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2018-12-07T17:18:47-06:00December 7, 2018|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2018-12-07T17:16:04-06:00December 7, 2018|Networking|

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 [...]

By |2018-11-30T02:54:39-06:00November 30, 2018|Networking, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

By |2019-01-28T21:25:14-06:00November 5, 2018|Networking|
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