Network latency is not a new term. In modern Ethernet switches, network latency plays a key role in performance measurement, especially for clustered computing applications and high-performance networks. Most of us have heard about network latency, but don’t know what is it is exactly. This post explores everything about network latency- what it is? What causes network latency? How to minimize it in Ethernet switches? So, stay tuned. Read More
With the rising scope for fiber optics and retrofitting legacy networks, the demand for fiber optic media converters, cables, and related devices has surged. High speed internet is much a necessity in most industrial and commercial applications. Businesses have their offices located at various places, and there is a need to have an internal robust network, which can be extended if required. Fortunately, there are devices available, which can make this happen at affordable prices. Ethernet extenders and media converters both help achieve this goal of geographically extending and connecting two or more dissimilar networks. However, both these devices do it differently, and choosing the right device largely depends upon your application needs. This post compares media converters and Ethernet extenders considering all their pros and cons. Read More
High speed Internet is a requirement in many industrial segments and businesses for obvious reasons, and Gigabit Ethernet plus fiber optics have helped achieve the same. However, in many industrial units and offices, there are legacy networks comprising UTP Cat5 and Cat6 cables. Switching to fiber optics entirely certainly has a lot of advantages, but involves a significant cost factor. Therefore, fiber optics are now used largely to extend these networks at affordable prices, to facilitate seamless connectivity and high speed data transmission. Likewise, technologies have been developed considering the cost factor vs the actual requirement of speed at various times and levels. So, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet is a data connectivity link which achieves speeds of more than 1G on the existing copper cables in your network. This post discusses the significance and uses of multi-gigabit Ethernet switches, ports, and other devices. Read More
LAN is a type of networking that helps connect multiple computers in a single network. LAN was reliant on copper cables for a long time, however, owing to the benefits and popularity of fiber optics, optical LAN networks are preferred now. Since fiber optics overcomes almost all the drawbacks of copper cable networking, it is now considered as the backbone of LAN networks. When copper cables run for 100 meters, the fiber optics can run up to 2000 meters offering more than 100 Mb/s of data transmission speed. This post discusses LAN architecture over fiber optics, common types of fiber optics LAN network, and its benefits. Read More
In any organization, networking infrastructure features several software and hardware that help establish a connection between different devices and computers on a network. These hardware and software devices facilitate data transmission in a computer network. Most times, this data transmission is conducted in either of the two modes – asynchronous or synchronous. Now, you may think of how these modes differ and which mode is better? Read this post to know the answers. Read More
There are two ways of fiber optic cable termination, namely, connectors and splicing. Out of which, splicing is chosen for connecting two bare optical strands without any external connectors. There are two further categories of splicing- mechanical splicing and fusion splicing. Mechanical splicing is utilized for multimode fibers, however, fusion splicing is the process that can be used for all types of fiber optic cables. Despite being a popular method of fiber optic cable termination, fusion splicing still remains a mystery for a large section of people. Read More
Ethernet networks use various networking hardware for ensuring the connectivity of devices and the Ethernet switch is an important one among them. It is considered as the brain of a network that uses the hardware addresses to connect to the devices effectively. Owing to their increasing importance, today, switches are designed in diverse specifications and configurations. Sometimes they are differentiated based on other factors like Ethernet switch port and more. But, how many of you have ever noticed the ports on network switches? Ethernet switches may come in different port types, and work on distinct switch port modes. In this post, common Ethernet switch port types are briefly introduced in terms of data rates, network architecture, and functions. This would help you understand their differences and make the right preparations for your future network plans. Read More
In recent times, the video surveillance system has become an important requisite at business as well as residential levels. They always played a key part in defense for several critical applications. Many businesses, especially small scale ones, understated the importance of a surveillance system. However, it is essential in the current times to ensure the overall safety of employees, the confidentiality of data, and safeguarding other such important aspects of a business. Today, WiFi and PoE camera systems have emerged popular security solutions. Both the security systems are gaining immense momentum owing to their beneficial features. No matter what you choose WiFi or PoE cameras, it’s quite difficult to ignore the importance of these security devices in every facet of our daily lives. This post explores WiFi and PoE camera systems in detail. Read More
Computers and various digital technologies are widely used by businesses of all types for information sharing and receiving. The computers are connected in a network for information exchange. This network is referred to as Local Area Networks (LANs). Having said that, the network of computers or LANs generally work in a confined geographical area like a building or a college campus. These LANs are driven by different technologies to initiate a connection between different devices. What are the common LAN technologies and where are they used? What are the different types of LAN technology devices used today? This post aims to answer this question and more. Read More
Building a network with huge bandwidth and higher transmission speed has emerged as a key requirement in recent years. To accomplish this, several network cables have been used over the years. Traditionally, copper cables are widely used which are now being connected to fiber optic cables for better connectivity and geographical network expansion. In the case of new networks, especially in application where high-speed internet is a prerequisite, only fiber optic cables can be used entirely. Both cables offer unique advantages and specific beneficial features. Copper cables can be found in many places and they are an economical choice for network device connection. There are several advantages of fiber optic cables, which makes them a more enticing cable infrastructure solution than their copper counterpart. Would you like to know what makes them popular among other cabling installations or what are the benefits of fiber optic cables? This post aims to simplify the selection by discussing this cable technology in detail. So, stay tuned. Read More
Today, computers in Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) are connected through Ethernet. This technology was introduced in the 1990s and is covered under the IEEE 802.3u standard. Ethernet is perceived as a low-cost connectivity solution of all, because it allows businesses to expand their network without disturbing the existing workflow. This technology is generally used for connecting devices in a building and is not feasible for networks spanning across countries. It allows all connected computers in a network to communicate with each other through a single cable. There are several types of Ethernet, which are mainly differentiated based on their speeds. Of these, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet are quite popular and still in use. How do these types differ? Which is the right Ethernet speed for you? Read the post to find answers. Read More
All modern video networks utilize IP cameras. The IP cameras are employed for surveillance purposes, to record and store the visual data. To achieve these purposes, network video recorder (NVR) systems are also used. Owing to advanced protocols and functionality, the industry exerts advice using NVR to support video networks integrated with IP cameras. NVR either works with Ethernet or wireless communication protocols. Due to several benefits of Ethernet over Wi-Fi, Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology is preferred to be used with NVR. However, to connect NVR with PoE, one must know what NVR is, what PoE switches are, and how to interconnect both the technologies. This post discusses all these factors along with the difference between PoE NVR and PoE switches and the process of interconnection. Read More
Safety of humans as well as resources and finances is of paramount importance. With the rising risks, security and surveillance accessories and their implementation are gaining momentum. Security and surveillance is no more limited to national borders or critical military applications. It is now being implemented in commercial, residential as well as industrial buildings as enhanced security is the need of the hour. There are various types and configurations of CCTV cameras and the related accessories available in the market. So, the type of cameras depends upon your application requirement. For instance, the cameras used in defense and for other mission-critical applications may be high end and offer better clarity even at the night. They may also facilitate infrared imaging. However, so many factors may not be essential for a residential setup. Accordingly, the cost would also vary. This post discusses some factors you may want to consider when buying security cameras for your application. Read More
Network devices play a significant role in building a strong network and enabling a seamless flow of communication from one end to the other one or multiple ends. There are various network devices such as hubs, switches, and routers used for the purpose. They are termed as a network bridge with multiple ports that which use media access control (MAC) addresses to receive and forward the data to the destination devices. All these three devices function differently, even if they are combined into a single device. So, it is important to know which device you should choose depending upon your requirement. This post discusses further details on hubs, switches, routers, their types such as fiber optic switches or Ethernet switches, and features. Read More
Wired networks have been around for a longer time in comparison to wireless ones. Despite this fact, ever since wireless networking technologies were introduced, the comparisons were drawn between wired and wireless networks. Although wireless networking is used for several applications these days, several businesses use wired networking for business purposes. The reason behind it is wired networking has evolved for better over the last few years. Modern wired networking is based on Ethernet protocol which makes the wired vs wireless network debate more interesting. There are several advantages of a wired network that makes it preferable over wireless technology. This post takes consideration of different factors of wired vs wireless networks. This post answers the question of “Why choose wired network over wireless?” for many users. Read More
Over the last seven to eight months, millions of people across the globe have gone through an unprecedented crisis because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With hashtag stay home and social distancing now becoming a way of life, several people rely on a reliable internet connection for education, work, and entertainment. This has placed a huge burden on network infrastructure, ultimately reducing the bandwidth available for the users. This may leave people frustrated due to apparently slow internet speeds. In such a situation, internet service providers may not instantly respond to these sudden changes, but there are a few steps or tricks you can use to ensure your internet speed is as fast as possible. Would you like to know what they are? Read the post to know more. Read More
Ethernet is no new technology, as Ethernet networks have been used for data and communication for a long time now. It interconnects devices in a strategic manner using Ethernet switches. There can be just two devices connected over Ethernet or it can have multiple devices. Owing to the complexity of data transfer and communication applications, Ethernet networks are also getting complex. The Ethernet switches play an important role in the managed or un-managed types of networks. These Ethernet switches are connected to each other, in order to create a web of Ethernet devices and transfer data to specific devices only. There are different methods for connecting Ethernet switches. However, depending on the applications, one must choose a suitable method for connecting Ethernet switches. This post discusses all different ways of Ethernet switch networking. Read More
The digital technology revolution has enriched our acoustic and viewing experiences. Today, you can find a variety of choices when it comes to audio-visual devices and their connections. Optical, coaxial, and HDMI are the popular choice of cables when it comes to connecting a DVD player, TV, soundbar, video game console, or a set-top box. Read More
Video surveillance systems have gained prominence over the years at residential as well as business levels. They were always a part of critical applications such as defense. Many businesses, especially small scale ones may not keenly implement a surveillance system. However, it is essential in the current times. The importance of surveillance can’t be understated as its fundamentally important to ensure the overall safety of your possessions, critical data, as well as employees. Read More
PBX phone system is a business telephone system. It is extensively used in enterprises to establish a telephone network. Enterprises use PBX phone systems as their private telephone network for inter-office and external global communication networks. Unlike the plain old telephone system i.e. POTS phone system, PBX has evolved in several ways. Read More
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