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Say What? Clear Communication Is Key to Small Business Success

New and updated Cisco voice products simplify communication, improve productivity

Communication: It’s critical to any small business. Your employees need to be able to communicate effectively and clearly with customers and partners as well as with each other. But with employees often away from their desks or working in dynamic office arrangements, communication has gotten more complicated and that can impact their productivity.

Cisco recently expanded and updated its IP voice and UC solutions with features and functionality that simplify small business voice communications and improve employee productivity. New products include SPA512G and SPA514G IP phones, SPA112 and SPA122 Analog Telephone Adapters, and Wireless-N Bridge for Phone Adapters as well as an updated version of the Cisco UC320W unified communications solution.

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Get More Out of Your Internet Connection with the Right Router

The new Cisco RV180 and RV180W VPN Routers provide fast, secure access for local and remote employees

When it comes to fundamental networking components, few devices are as important as your router. The router connects your business to the rest of the world, linking your local network to the vast resources on the Internet. It allows everyone in your office to share a single connection to the Internet, and it may also help protect your business from online threats, as well as give employees remote access to your network. Before you can choose the best router for your small business, you need to know what you want it to do for your network. Now that the Internet has become crucial to most companies’ day-to-day business operations, you need to know how your company uses its Internet connection. Here are some questions to consider: Read More »

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Mythbusters: There’s No Interference at 5 GHz

A wireless network has become almost mandatory for every small business. A wireless network is relatively easy for non-technical people to install, and it’s convenient for users, who can use it to connect to the network and the Internet from anywhere in the building. But Wi-Fi does present a challenge that’s unique to the radio signals it uses to transmit data: interference. In this Mythbusters post, we’ll clear up the misconception that there’s no interference on the 5GHz channel.

A Wi-Fi network can use one of two frequency bands to send and receive radio waves: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. These frequencies are much higher than those used for other radios, like cell phones and walkie-talkies, so the Wi-Fi signal can carry considerably more data. All Wi-Fi networks use the wireless 802.11 networking standard; the difference is in which band you set your wireless router or access point to transmit on. 802.11b and 802.11g operate at the 2.4 GHz band, while 802.11a transmits at 5 GHz. Unlike the other variations of the standard, 802.11n can operate at both bands.

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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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