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Network Solutions Blog

Tips and trends in design and installation of wireless communications networks, wired infrastructure design and implementation, network peripherals and more.

Tony Ridzyowski

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Enterprise

The Importance of Software Updates and Patches

Patch management can help your business improve security, decrease downtime, and demonstrate compliance.

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Cybersecurity

The Data Breach You May Have Narrowly Avoided Over the Holidays

We’ve turned the corner on the holiday season, but it’s important to understand the increased risks to equip your business with the best security practices for the year.

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edtech

How to Maximize Your E-Rate Funding

E-rate regulations have changed to make the Category Two E-rate budget system a permanent fixture of the E-rate program.

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Enterprise

How World Class Network Analytics Tools Enable Smarter Decision-Making

Network analytics solutions can help your business make smarter, data-driven decisions to optimize network performance.

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IoT

How Smart Cameras Are Shaking Up These Three Industries

The proliferation of the IoT is changing the business world as we know it. One of the most exciting technologies leading this charge is the smart camera.

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IoT

IoT Security Best Practices

As the number of IoT devices continue to soar, so do the security risks associated with their presence. Implementing IoT security best practices should be top of mind for CIOs.

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Enterprise

Going Paperless: A Guide to Green IT

The green IT trend is about more than just saving the environment — it can help reduce costs, improve your company image, and provide better data security.

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News

Academic Institutions Embrace Aruba WiFi 6 with Turn-key Technologies, Inc.

 

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Campus Network

Three Technologies Schools Should Invest in This Year

As the workplace becomes increasingly digital, college students need more exposure to technology in the classroom. Here’s what university CTOs can do to help:

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IoT

IoT Security is an Enterprise Problem — Here's How SSL Encryption Can Help

IoT devices are transforming the way enterprises do business, but companies that don’t take the time to secure their networks leave themselves exposed to cybercriminals.

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Enterprise

How to Integrate IT Systems After a Merger

Mergers are an important part of enterprise growth, but they present a number of challenges for IT departments in particular. CIOs must be sure to support their IT teams during these difficult transitions.

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Wireless

How Office Layout Impacts Wireless Network Design

With office design evolving over time, enterprises must rethink their wireless networks to meet the needs of an ever-evolving and increasingly connected workforce.

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Enterprise

Lessons IT Teams Can Learn From Enterprise Digital Transformation

Small and large companies alike are embracing digital transformation to gain a competitive edge. Here are three best practices to help your organization avoid common pitfalls.

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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity and the Growing Remote Workforce

Remote work policies can benefit employees and employers alike, but enterprises must address a slew of unique cybersecurity challenges before they can fully embrace remote workforces.

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Cybersecurity

How to Support Your Employees During the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

As the IT skills gap continues to grow, enterprises must invest in their existing security teams to retain talent and keep their networks secure.

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wifi

Why You Should Upgrade to WiFi 6

The rapid growth of enterprise IoT ecosystems pushes businesses to adopt WiFi 6 — now.

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wifi

The Aruba 500 Series Access Points: Starship Enterprise-Grade WiFi

A new generation of WiFi 6 access points is here; the Aruba 500 series is a game changer.

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BYOD

Preparing for Wearables in the Workplace: What IT Teams Need to Know

As wearables enter the workplace, CIOs and their IT teams must prepare for the attendant cybersecurity challenges — and the opportunities to capture productivity gains.

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Warehouse

WiFi for Large Warehouses: The 5 Most Common Mistakes

WiFi networks for warehouses: a notoriously difficult challenge. Here are the five most common mistakes made when setting up warehouse WiFi networks.

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wifi

How Many Access Points Do I Need?

To achieve optimal performance and cost-efficiency, make sure to figure out how many access points you need before installing your WiFi network.

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Wireless

The Ultimate Wireless Site Survey Checklist

What are the steps to conducting a wireless site survey for your business? Here’s our comprehensive guide.

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wifi

WiFi Access Point Placement Best Practices

Strategic placement of wireless access points ensures organizations get the most out of their WiFi networks.

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Warehouse

A Comprehensive Guide to Warehouse Robots

Warehouse robots increase productivity and efficiency, and can take on labor-intensive tasks that drain human capital. From inventory drones to automated forklifts, here’s everything you need to know about the current warehouse robotics market.

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Cybersecurity

To Make the Leap to Industry 4.0, Manufacturers Must Solve Cybersecurity Challenges

Manufacturers have always been prime targets for cybercriminals, but as Industry 4.0 technologies bring massive amounts of valuable proprietary data online, cybersecurity has taken on new importance.

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Enterprise

How to Improve Employee Retention in the IT Sector

The IT industry has long suffered from a gender gap, a skills gap, and the need for continuous reeducation amidst a rapidly evolving tech landscape. With demand for IT talent skyrocketing there’s been a renewed focus on keeping skilled IT workers from leaving.

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Higher Ed

Top 5 Campus Networking Trends for 2019

These five trends will redefine campus networking in 2019.

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Cybersecurity

2018 Was a Big Year for Cybercrime, But 2019 Could Be Worse

After another explosive year of cybercriminal activity, experts predict that 2019 could be even worse.

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Enterprise

Blazing Fast Networks Will Power the Next Wave of Ecommerce Solutions

The ecommerce and omnichannel retail sectors should brace for the next great disruption: next-generation networks to support rapid innovation.

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Enterprise

Has Device-as-a-Service Really Changed Anything?

Device-as-a-Service has piggybacked off the subscription service model, but has it effected meaningful change for enterprise IT teams along the way?

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Cybersecurity

How Biometrics Will Transform Your Cybersecurity Strategy

Biometric authentication can pick up where passwords leave off — but only if organizations understand how this new technology will fit into their existing cybersecurity framework.

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mobile

What Is a Private 5G Network?

Many organizations looking to prepare their IT infrastructure for next-generation technologies like the Internet of Things are considering building their own private 5G networks. Here are the benefits that are tempting these businesses into taking the power of 5G into their own hands.

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IoT

Data Management Will Make or Break Your IoT Solution

Capturing value from your IoT network will require an effective data management strategy that prioritizes actionable insights and top-tier security.

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Enterprise

How to Prepare for 5G

5G will be a reality sooner than most people believe, and enterprises need to be prepared to take advantage.

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Enterprise

What to Consider When Deploying a Multi-Cloud Network

More and more enterprises are turning to multi-cloud solutions — here’s how to implement one.

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Cybersecurity

Network Security Breaches Are Inevitable — Even CISOs Think So

Rising cybersecurity threats and evolving corporate cultures have made it increasingly difficult for CISOs to adequately protect their companies’ data.

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BYOD

Shadow IT Policy: How to Control the Security Risk

As employees increasingly rely on personal devices and applications to conduct business, organizations must implement shadow IT policies to govern unapproved programs and prevent security breaches.

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IoT

California Leads the Way on IoT Cybersecurity, Bans Default Passwords

California’s new IoT cybersecurity law takes aim at smart device manufactures that expose their customers to unnecessary cybersecurity risks.

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Mobility

Beyond 5G: Seeking Solutions for the Coming Data Deluge

5G has the potential to redefine our understanding of networking, but only if we prepare our entire IT infrastructure for a new era in connectivity.

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Enterprise

The Essential Toolkit for the Networking Novice

These four free, open-source tools are essential for anyone new to the work of enterprise network optimization.

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Wireless

Peer-to-Peer Bandwidth Exchanges Could Disrupt Wireless Connectivity

Internet capacity may soon become just another commodity available in the peer-to-peer marketplace.

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Enterprise

Amazon Isn't Going into Enterprise Networking After All — Here's Why That May Be for the Best

Rumors that Amazon was entering the enterprise networking business sent shockwaves through the industry last week, but their decision to shy away from the new endeavor was likely in their best interest.

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Enterprise

Making Peace Between Development and Cybersecurity Teams

Cybersecurity and development teams may seem to have competing interests, but the truth is that reconciliation between the two is not only possible — it’s mission-critical.

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Cybersecurity

Huge DDoS Attack Leaves Chilean Bank in the Dark

A recent cyberattack on Banco de Chile was just another example of hackers deploying DDoS as a diversionary tactic.

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Cybersecurity

Could Alexa Be Putting Your Company’s Cybersecurity at Risk?

Enterprises need to take extra cybersecurity precautions as voice-powered digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa make their way into the workplace.

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Enterprise

Why SDN Is the Networking Approach of Choice for Digital-First Companies

SDN represents a seismic shift in the field of enterprise network management, offering digital-first companies the agility, cost-efficiency, and performance they need to disrupt.

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Enterprise

How GDPR Is Making Waves on the Other Side of the Atlantic

Along with a string of stateside data scandals, the EU’s embrace of privacy by default is prompting firmer public resistance to America’s lax data protection regulations. With or without stricter regulations, data security is more important than ever to both companies and consumers.

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Wi-Fi

Staying Ahead of WLAN Complexity with Continual Training

As WiFi technology advances — bringing ever-faster speeds and ever-more devices online — designing, maintaining, and securing enterprise networks is an increasingly demanding task for IT professionals.

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Wireless

Why Petrochemical Companies Need Networking Solutions

As companies in the petrochemical space incorporate big data and cloud computing into their networking infrastructures while employing leaner remote teams, they must invest in robust, custom networking solutions.

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Enterprise

Should Your Company Be Insured Against Cyberattacks?

Cyberinsurance is increasing in popularity, but it’s no substitute for a strong set of cybersecurity protocols.

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k12

How TTI Bolsters Connectivity in the Warwick Valley Central School District

After partnering with Turn-key Technologies, the Warwick Valley Central School District was able to provide everything faculty and students expected and needed from their wireless network — and more.

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Enterprise

Can Security Specialists and Enterprise Employees Speak the Same Language?

A new technical style guide could bridge the knowledge gap between IT professionals and their laymen coworkers, increasing the efficacy of enterprise security in the process.

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Enterprise

What the Indictment of a Former Equifax CIO Says About the Future of Enterprise Data Security

A former Equifax CIO has been indicted on charges of insider trading, raising questions about the level of legal liability enterprises face when they fail to protect consumer data.

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IoT

As the IoT Begins to Take Shape, Manufacturers Clash on Design Standards

Internet of Things devices have the potential to revolutionize nearly every industry, but not before device manufacturers sort out some persistent issues.

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Higher Ed

The Fall of Net Neutrality May Impact Higher Education

The end of Net Neutrality could be a concerning development for students whose education depends on fast, affordable internet connectivity.

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Wi-Fi

This Women’s History Month, Meet Hedy Lamarr: Inventor of WiFi

Most people associate Hedy Lamarr with the Golden Age of Hollywood, but perhaps her greatest role was much less glamorous — and much more impactful.

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BYOD  |  Cybersecurity  |  Mobility  |  Network Security  |  mobile

Infographic: 77 Facts About Cybercrime You Should Know in 2018

From our friends at bestvpns.co.uk

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Wireless

Experts Worry About Cost of Upgrading to 5G

Telecom and tech companies are bullish on 5G, but until the cost of implementation begins to drop, making a business case for the next generation of mobile networking is going to be difficult.

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Cybersecurity

Are Millennials Too Lax on Cybersecurity?

“Trusting” isn’t a term that’s used to describe millennials very often, but when it comes to cybersecurity, they may need to become a bit more discerning about who they trust with their personal information.

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Wi-Fi

New WPA3 Announced at CES 2018

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced the WPA3 standard at this year’s CES, signaling the dawn of a new era in network security.

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mobile

Why Ohio is Struggling to Connect Its Rural Citizens

At this late point in the digital revolution, most us take broadband internet access for granted. But the fact is that many Americans live in places that still aren’t adequately connected.

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News

Russian LoRaWAN Initiative Suggests IoT Is Advancing More Quickly Than Anticipated

As IoT devices continue to proliferate, countries like Russia are taking steps to create networks capable of supporting these devices’ unique demands.

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Wireless

These Cities Offer the Best Wireless Connectivity in the World

A growing number of cities are incorporating wireless connectivity into their plans for a “smart” future, but this doesn’t mean that companies are off the hook when it comes to optimizing their own workplace networks.

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Cybersecurity

Oil and Gas Companies Are Cooperating to Improve Cybersecurity

Achieving comprehensive cybersecurity is becoming more and more difficult as oilfields become increasingly digitalized, but a new partnership represents a step in the right direction.

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Wireless

Expanding Application of Bluetooth in Healthcare Calls for More Advanced Wireless Networks

Bluetooth-enabled devices are increasingly common in the healthcare sector, but hospitals and other providers must be mindful of the networking complications that come with them.

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Cybersecurity

Increasing IoT Adoption Brings Increasing Cybersecurity Risks

The IoT revolution is in full swing, meaning that enterprise IT teams must take extra steps to secure their networks to accommodate the rapid proliferation of internet-connected devices.

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Network Security

Are Managed IT Services Right for You?

Managing an entire IT infrastructure can be prohibitively expensive, which is why many companies are starting to outsource some or all of their IT operations.

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Network Security

When It Comes to Securing Your Network, the Worst Thing You Can Do Is Nothing

Enterprises of all kinds face more network security threats today than ever before, and they must be proactive their approach to cybersecurity if they hope to protect their IT infrastructure.

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Wireless

Four Signs Your Wireless Network Isn't Performing Optimally

Often, the signs of a poorly performing wireless network are obvious. Connectivity is spotty or dreadfully slow, for example. But often the users aren't aware of what's causing the problem, and instead blame your applications or systems for the difficulties. To deliver a better user experience across the organization, consider a wireless network assessment. Here are some of the most common signs that your network needs some upgrading.

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Network Security

Healthcare Data Breaches Abound: How Will Your Organization Keep Sensitive Patient Information Safe?

The years 2014 and 2015 were hard for businesses, as hackers made their way into databases that included countless financial records, government and military secrets, and highly sensitive and valuable proprietary information (think Sony and Ashley Madison). This year, hackers seemed to shift their focus, targeting medical organizations with a vengeance. By February, NBC news had declared that health care records hacking had "skyrocketed", jumping a mind-boggling 11,000 percent (nope -- not a typo) in a single year. If that doesn't make you want a network security audit to access your vulnerabilities, nothing will.

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Cybersecurity

5 Factors that can Negatively Impact Your Business Network Security

These five factors may be threatening your enterprise network security.

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