Ethernet is a technology that is used to connect various computers in a LAN, MAN, or WAN. It was first introduced in 1980 as compliant to IEEE 802.3-1983 standards. Ever since the commercial introduction of Ethernet, it has evolved in many ways. The parameters have changed according to the industrial requirements of data transfer and speed. One of the fastest types of Ethernet is Gigabit Ethernet. Amongst several types of gigabit Ethernet, 10 gigabit Ethernet is considered to be the fastest network for gigabit data transmission. However, it comes with requisites of compatible fiber for gigabit-speed data transmission. This post discusses several types of 10 Gigabit Ethernet along with the compatible fiber cables for the same. Read More
POE or Power Over Ethernet is a technology based on IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at standards. It enables data transfer over Ethernet cables within a distance of 100 meters. It controls various networking devices such as IT phones, network switches, and IP cameras, and facilitates interoperability among them. With this, you can cover maximum areas for power distribution with minimal infrastructure. These equipment may either source or transmit power or may be powered devices. POE allows remote installation of certain equipment, which reduces the requirement for extra electrical fixtures. However, cables and switches are still an important part of connectivity for most POE devices. This post discusses some factors which may be helpful in choosing the right POE cables for your POE devices. Read More
The network cables are an essential part of signal connectivity solutions and they play a key role in ensuring connectivity in any office set up. When it comes to choosing patch network cables you have several choices based on their construction and designs. These cables are usually categorized into two classes – shielded cables and unshielded cables based on their construction. How do these cables differ from each other? Which is the right cable for your application? This post offers answers to these questions and more. Stay tuned to know the details. Read More
A fiber optic modem (FOM) acts as a connecting interface between an electronic device and an internet network. These modems are different than regular DSL modems because the signal transmission is not via copper cables. It uses a fiber optic cable network to transmit signals. It transforms electronic communication signals via a fiber-optic network. Read More
A network comprises different systems that are interconnected and exchange a huge amount of data. This data exchange is ensured through various types of cables. Over the years, internet speeds and technology has evolved, and so have cables. For several Cat 5 and Cat 5e Ethernet Cables have been popular. Cat 6 cable has been added to this list recently. Although used as network cables, they also find use in various application environments. Read More
Voice over IP, which is popularly known by its abbreviation VoIP, has been around for several years now. Many organizations and businesses have already switched from the earlier public switched telephone network (PSTN) to VoIP, a much-advanced telecommunication technology. PSTN is a comprehensive term for all switched telephone networks that are being operated by national, local, and international carriers. Read More
Ethernet is primarily a standard communication protocol used to create local area networks. It transmits and receives data through cables. This facilitates network communication between two or more different types of network cables such as from copper to fiber optic and vice versa. However, you may wonder what an Ethernet media converter is? In short, an Ethernet media converter is a device that is able to support communications between two different types of network media. Read More
This blog post seeks to answer any questions you may have regarding the use of SFP fiber optic plug-in modules. In today’s networking climate, there exist many users in multiple locations that need to be connected via fiber optic cable to achieve secure communication across vast distances. In most times, the physical space that they occupy is quite small, hence, compact devices are needed. Read More
The security of property and people is an important requisite for any business. Today, businesses are investing in various types of security solutions to improve their business safety. Over the years, Network Video Recorders (NVR) have emerged as one of the popular security solutions. They are used with IP cameras to improve security. What makes them superior? How to setup NVR for IP cameras on the network? This post discusses everything you wish to know about NVR and configuring it for IP cameras. Read More
Electronic data storage is an important aspect of any business from a small, computerized office setup to a large manufacturing unit. There are various ways and devices to store data; however, it should be stored in such a way that it is safeguarded from attacks and can be accessed by the right personnel on time, to make strategic decisions. For last many years, the client-server network has been used, wherein one of the computers acts as a server and stores the data of all the other computers or terminals. Nowadays, there are many virtual storage systems such as cloud; however, this largely depends upon your business requirement. For small businesses, network-attached storage (NAS) is another basic, file-level storage system. So what is the difference between client-server and NAS, and which one is better? This post discusses the same Read More
The local area Ethernet networks use various networking hardware to ensure the connectivity of devices. The network switch is the most important among them because they act as a brain of the network and help connect the devices on a particular Local Area Network (LAN) effectively. These switches receive a message from a target source and they forward it to the intended device, thereby ensuring an effective data transmission between devices on a LAN. Owing to their increasing importance, today, they are designed in various specifications and configurations. They are sometimes differentiated based on their ports or materials, or other factors. In spite of all these, they mainly belong to two categories – managed and unmanaged switches. How do these switches differ? What is the right switch for your application? Read the post to know the answers. Read More
All modern industrial devices use long cables for power transmission. With these devices demanding more power, the use of cables is increasing, and creating more complexities. This is where power over ethernet (PoE) technology makes a difference. It assures higher power transmission with a lesser number of cables than other contemporary technologies. Like any other technology, the PoE is administered through various devices such as PoE switches. What are PoE switches and how do they work? This post answers everything you want to know about these devices. Read More
Let's face it. Standing in front of your boss explaining why the network is slow or worse yet--down!--is no fun. For businesses today, networks are their very lifeblood. Read More
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