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Bypass Electrical Headaches with Power over Ethernet

Plug PoE devices into your network for easy, anywhere electrical power

Have you ever needed to plug in a new phone, but you were all out of electrical outlets? Or maybe you’ve tried to install a wireless access point close to the ceiling, but no outlets were nearby. When you first start building your small business network, powering up hardware is the least of your worries. But after you’ve laid some cables and maxed out even your power strips, you may find outlets a precious commodity. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the easy way to get around wiring when you need electricity for new devices. PoE provides a way to deliver power over your network to a variety of network-attached devices.

PoE allows electrical power to pass over standard Ethernet cables along with data traffic. Hardware equipped with PoE can be plugged directly into the network for a power source—no wall socket necessary. There’s a wide range of these network-attached devices that provide PoE support, including switches, wireless access points (WAPs), IP phones, video cameras, point-of-sale devices, and more.

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Mythbusters: All Data Encryption is the Same, Right?

Many small businesses opt for wireless networks; they provide the connection you need and are easier and less expensive to set up than a wired network. But that convenience can cost your company in compromised security and lost data if the network isn’t appropriately encrypted.small_business, wireless, wireless network, WLAN, security

Although most wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment comes with many settings preconfigured, encryption isn’t one of them. In this latest installment of Mythbusters, we explain why the encryption protocol you choose—Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)—makes a difference.

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Keep passwords safe and secure with password management

A password manager can encourage users to adopt unbreakable passwords

As users, we know that we should use complex, secure passwords that aren’t easily guessed words from the dictionary like ”admin” or personal dates to protect our systems. Nonsensical words and phrases that substitute digits and symbols for letters, such as ”45Monk3y t1m3 fun!,” are the most secure. But we also know how difficult it can be to create several unique, strong passwords—and even harder to remember them all.

To encourage employees to create passwords that are hard to crack but easily remembered and used, you can provide them with a password management system. Password management is both a standard company-wide policy for developing passwords, and, for many companies, a password manager application you add to your security arsenal as part of your small business security policy.

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Ask Cisco: What networking equipment should I buy for an easy-to-maintain, reliable network?

As a small business owner, there’s no end to the questions you need to address—and you may not have the answers for all of them. Where technology is concerned, we can help. Ask Cisco is a new series in which we answer a question from small business owners like yourself about networking-related issues that have you stumped.

As always, we’d love to hear from you about the new series. You can post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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IT Company Provides Personal Touch

In this final installment of our four-part customer testimonial, we take a look at Valley Sleep Center’s relationship with Invision Technology Solutions. The Cisco certified partner took the time to educate Valley Sleep Center employees about the latest technological innovations while also understanding their needs to build the right network. To further optimize the buying experience, the partner helped Valley Sleep Center utilize advantageous Cisco financing options. As a result, the company was able to upgrade affordably. We hope you enjoyed this customer case study. What can the right network do for your business?

Part One of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Two of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Three of the Valley Sleep Center

Watch Part Four>>

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