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Less Downtime, More Productivity with an Advanced Switch

An advanced switch with performance, security, and availability features is the heart of every high-availability network

Most of today’s advanced communications and business applications have been scaled for the small business. Smaller companies are using technologies like cloud computing, mobile computing, and IP voice to grow their business and connect more personally with customers. Unfortunately, these data-hungry applications can quickly slow down small business networks, which aren’t always built for such a demanding environment. To keep these applications—and your business—running continuously at top speed, your network must be built for high availability, performance, and security.

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Cisco Introduces Sleek, Secure Wireless Access Points for Small Businesses

Extend the reach and speed of your wireless network

A small business makes big demands on its wireless network. It must be fast, so users never have to wait to connect to the local network or the Internet. The wireless network also needs to be able to run the demanding new communications applications that small businesses now rely on. It must even provide a blanket of reliable Wi-Fi coverage within the building premises so that users don’t have to be tied to their desks. And for a small business, high performance isn’t enough—because many smaller companies don’t have on-site IT staff, wireless access points (WAPs) must not only be easy to use and set up, but should also secure their network. The only way to meet these demands is with modern Wireless-N access points that are designed for the small business.

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Building the Right Network to Boost Small Business Productivity

April 12, 2012 at 8:00 am PST

Calling all small sized businesses owners, and resellers – is your network ready for the growing mobility and cloud trends?

Considering that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population in 2012,[i] and that wireless device traffic will exceed wired device traffic by 2014, we say it’s a great time to make sure you are.  In fact, mobile data traffic has doubled in the past four years and tablets are making their way into the office with more than 3.4X the traffic than a smart phone. Businesses are recognizing these upward trends, as a matter of fact; cloud adoption for small businesses is growing quickly with 72-percent of small businesses using the cloud in 2011 to 98 percent in 2015[ii].  So are your networks built to support the growing use of mobility and cloud in the SMB workplace? Cisco’s new lineup of small business solutions could be just the ticket to get you there.

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Business Ready: On the Go and in the Clouds

Oscar Wilde wrote, “One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age.” I’m good with that. So, let’s just say I’m not 20-something. But I do share that generation’s expectation to be able to work from anywhere with whatever device I’m using.  Just because I’m mobile, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have access to people or information. So, that’s me as an employee. But what about as a consumer? If I can’t easily make a reservation, order a product, get directions, or call with a click of my iPhone, my interest quickly plummets. And when something rocks my world, I usually share that in my social media circles.

I’d say that’s standard operating procedure for most people I know, regardless of age. For businesses to stay relevant in today’s wired-cum-wireless world, the network has to be able to handle secure, remote access, and provide a satisfying customer experience for those who operate on the fly. And that’s where the intersection of mobile, cloud, and social media come into play. You can learn more about this at the 2012 Small Business Tour, which kicks off in Seattle on April 12. Cisco and its partner will discuss how you can take advantage of mobility, cloud, and social media to take your business to the next level. 

While I might not represent the target demographic for all small- to medium-sized businesses, the point is this: As technology and wireless becomes more and more ubiquitous, expectations are growing by leaps and bounds—for employees and for customers. Are you ready?

Understanding the Difference Between Wireless Encryption Protocols

The WPA data encryption protocol you choose depends on your wireless network’s needs

It’s critically important to secure your wireless networks, but security can be complex, particularly when it comes to configuring each network component appropriately. A smart place to start is with the wireless router, which connects your local area network (LAN) to the Internet. Routers allow you to encrypt data as it travels in and out of your network, making it much more difficult to be read or altered by hackers trying to steal confidential information. Most small business routers let you choose which data encryption protocol you want to use, but in order to make the best choice for your network, you need to understand the differences between encryption protocols.

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