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Linksys: All about the E-series

We’re kicking off November with an overview of the Linksys E-Series family of wireless home routers. Introduced in March earlier this year, the E-series routers are geared towards our tech experts and enthusiasts who want to take their home networking experience to the next level. The lineup includes the E1000 Wireless-N router, the E2000 Advanced Wireless-N router, the E2100L Advanced Wireless-N router with Linux OS, and the high-powered, dual-band E3000. All routers feature Cisco Connect software, empowering our users to know what’s happening on their networks at all times.

This streamlined product lineup sets a new precedent for simplicity, power, and performance, and makes it easy for consumers to find the right technology to fit their needs. The line also includes the Linksys AE1000, a USB adapter that provides Wireless-N technology to your PC and also maintains its own security suite with customizable settings. We’ll be posting further info and specifics on each router in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned to find which best fits your needs

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Know Your Source: Why Buy from Cisco Partners?

October 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm PST

The big game is about to start. Everyone’s eyes are firmly fixed on their televisions. The kickoff, then wild cheers. But suddenly, the image starts to fade, get fuzzy, and then there’s only static…

What a customer thinks was a good deal was, in fact, a very expensive mistake. Of course, as our partners, you understand that customers shouldn’t trust mission-critical applications to equipment that isn’t purchased from Authorized Cisco Partners.

Sure, it’s easy for customers to find a good deal online, but authentic equipment comes with a guarantee and has been put through Cisco’s strict testing and quality control…

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Expanding Borderless Networks: New Routing, Switching, Security, and Mobility

October 5, 2010 at 6:00 am PST

Today’s Power of Participation launch delivers new innovations in Borderless Networks for video, energy management, security, and mobility.

Yes, that’s right! Cisco is introducing new products and services across all the functional elements of its Borderless Network Architecture—routing, switching, wireless, and security portfolios. Notable additions include our highest-performing Adaptive Security Appliance firewall, Catalyst switch, and compact ASR 1000 router in their classes, new entry-level 802.11n wireless access points for smaller businesses, and offerings that accelerate application performance physically and virtually across networks.

Of course, as channel partners, you may be wondering, how can you take advantage of these new offerings? Watch our video with Wenceslao Lada (VP Partner Sales and Practice Management, Borderless Networks) as he explains the news and what it means for partners.

Want to learn more?

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Building a Basic Small Business Network

I’ve been fortunate to meet many entrepreneurs who grew their business from a part-time home-based endeavor to a multiple location business with dozens of employees. They all seem to share the “I can do it!” attitude. Which is what enabled them to be successful.

When I go visit customers I’m often at their business for two days. I get to know them while I’m there and I”m always fascinated by their stories. In order to build their businesses they had to educate themselves on all aspects of the operation--from janitorial to accounting, HR to information technology. And it was a challenge.

If you aren’t familiar with basic networking, the topic can seem daunting, but the bottom line is that a network improves employee productivity and can save your business money by allowing employees to share computer hardware and an Internet connection. Also, connecting your employees to the Internet means they can access the Web and email, providing an easy, low-cost way to serve your customers better. A network can make such an impact on your business that you have to be educated on the topic.  I’ve written this post to give you some basics and some sources for more information.

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Keep your customers coming back through wireless guest networks

I love the smell of car grease in the morning. It smells like productivity.

Back in the day, when it was time for a check-up for my car, I didn’t know what I dreaded more, worrying about how much my visit would cost or what potential work issue would grow in size while I was out. For these reasons, I generally put off car appointments.

When I finally did go in, I’d notify my co-workers that I’d be offline for an indefinite period while I got my “gasket boot thingy” rotated. I then made sure I packed a few good Sudoku puzzles and the newspaper. Call me crazy, but this just didn’t feel like the best use of my time.
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