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New RV Series Emulators: RV320 and RV325 with Web Filtering

Hello and Happy Friday.

Just a quick note to let you know that our RV320 and RV325 with web filtering user interface emulators are available.

Take a look, you will see how in less than 5 minutes, you can configure the feature, keeping your users and business away from malicious sites, and keep web policies intact.

Enjoy your weekend.

Marc and the rest of the Cisco Small Business Team.

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New Cisco Small Business Routers: The RV320 and RV325 with web filtering

Like mentioned last week, there will be a number of new Cisco Small Business products coming out in the next few weeks and months. The theme we are using is “Connect More”.

But why, “Connect More”?

The new Cisco Small Business products, including new switching, wireless access points, and of course the routers, help you connect to more endpoints, devices, applications, workstation computers, laptops, servers, the cloud, the internet, heck, we can connect you (and of course, your small business) to just about anything. Except for maybe the Wimbledon Singles Trophy or the Stanley Cup.

But, it is why we are doing what we do. We want you to connect to more, easier and more effectively, and securely. We want more options for you and your small business. Coming soon, there are More 802.11ac wireless access points, indoor and outdoor, even a wall-plate AP , filling out the already strong wireless portfolio. New switches are coming. New routing includes new DSL/Ethernet combo WAN’s models, one the first with 802.11 AC in the portfolio, the other at about $150USD.

We will be sharing more details as the launch dates arrive.

Today I am here to tell you all about the new RV320 and RV325 with web filtering. But why web filtering for your small business?

There are a couple of reasons: a. Prevent Internet Abuse at your business. b. Keep your network users away from potentially bad websites loaded with malicious gunk; in general keep your network in good health. c. Keep your users producing. d. Manage your business website policy effectively, in a coupe of clicks.

In general, safeguarding your network and your users makes sense, business sense. It’s easy to set-up as you will see in the below video. you can categorize sites, set protection levels, enable website reputations, and even schedule when the service is on.

These new models will join the existing RV320 and RV325 models and will be on the shelf for you around mid-to-late February. Not all regions will get these, so please consult with your local Cisco Small Business Partner.

Thank you for your time,

Marc

 

 

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Small Business Update

Hello all,

Welcome to 2016.

I wanted to provide a quick update as we start the new year.

First off, if you did not know, we have a fantastic Small Business support community. There are sections for Routing, Switching, and of course Wireless. In each section you will find a repository of videos on demand on. You will have to register, but it is a quick process. Be sure to check out the knowledge base for our support documents. We also have our device emulators there on the community. The Small Business Support Community Team has been hard at work at improving the already great community, stay tuned for continued improvements.

Now for the good stuff. Yes I saved the best for last…

We have some new products coming up. We have new routers: four new models with web filtering, a VDSL2/Ethernet Wireless AC model, an ADSL2+/Ethernet Wireless-N model, a whole host of new Wireless Access points including a new outdoor model, and a new high-end 500 Series Indoor model.

New switching models include 250 and 350 PoE models adding a whopping sixteen new models.

These new Cisco Small Business products will help you to connect to more, do more for your business, and your business outcomes. Remember, these new models work the best when integrated with other Cisco Small Business models. We have the best support team in the industry. But I’ll save that for another day.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with us.

Marc and Team.

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Two are Better than One – cBR-8 and Connected Life Won CSI Awards

christelle-gental-e1410553620989Guest blog By Christelle Gental, SP Video Marketing Solutions Manager

So here we are, back in Amsterdam for IBC 2015. The first busy day was concluded with the prestigious CSI awards, a ceremony which was launched by the Cable and Satellite International team back in 2003. The idea behind it is to recognise and reward industry top technologies in cable, satellite, IPTV, telco , OTT and mobile TV. The program has now grown to 19 categories and this year, Cisco was proud to be short listed for 4 of these: Read More »

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New Wireless Models, PoE PD and PoE PSE, and Switching Updates

Greetings all.

February is here. Winter is in full swing on this side of the equator. Summer is grasping the other. I know it’s been a warm one so far for our friends in Australia. But snowfall amounts in the Northeast has our ski areas in Northern California and the Rockies so envious. Such is Mother Nature right?

Recently, our team announced some important details for our Switching and Wireless products.

I thought I would take the time to let you all know more on these announcements.

First up, Nasser Tarazi, Wireless Product Manager, announced two new models. We will cover the new WAP351 this week and the new WAP131 next week.

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The New Cisco WAP351

The new Cisco WAP351 perfect for conference rooms, classrooms, hospitality and other flexible deployments. It offers Dual Radio (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) wireless N connectivity, a 5-port Switch with PoE PD and PSE support, Single Point Setup, Captive Portal and comes with Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The WAP351 offers something new to the Wireless portfolio. Here is a quick Power Over Ethernet (PoE) primer. PoE Powered-Device (PD) is the ability to power the device through an PD-capable Ethernet port. PoE PSE (Power Sourcing Equipment) is the ability to supply power a device connected to a PSE-capable Ethernet port. In terms of power, a standard PoE port can support a maximum output of 15W, while a PoE+ port supports up to 30W.

Now, back to the WAP351.  As mentioned above, the WAP351 support both PD and PSE.   This means if the WAP351 is connected to a PoE+ switch like the SG300-10PP, the WAP351 can be power through PD-capable Ethernet port, while at the same time powering a standard PoE device like a phone or another AP, like the WAP131 through the WAP351’s designated PSE-capable Ethernet port.

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More on Wireless Access Points and PoE:

  • PoE: Power over Ethernet. PoE enables Power and Data to be combined onto a single Ethernet cable to power devices such as access points, IP phones, or IP cameras
  • PSE on a WAP is exclusive to the new WAP351
  • A WAP with PSE is attractive for verticals such as education, hospitality, and smaller offices and meeting rooms where both wired and wired access is required
  • PoE enables WAP’s or other endpoint devices to be installed where power typically is not available, such as on a wall or ceiling. This allows for greater flexibility during deployments.
  • All Cisco Small Business WAP’s support PoE PD
  • Dual-Radio WAPs requiring 802.3af PoE power = WAP131, WAP351, WAP561
  • Dual-Radio WAPs requiring 802.3at PoE+ power = WAP371, WAP351 when using the PSE with full power budget
  • The WAP351 can be powered by 48V/1.25A external DC power if a 802.3af/t PoE switch is not used or available
  • The WAP351 can provide 6w of PSE when using 802.3af

Ok you got it? Make sense?

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Cisco 300 Series Switches

In other news:

Switching Product Manager Michael Wynh announced several price reductions on the ever-popular 300 Series Switches. This is good news for our customers and channel partners alike. Businesses can maximize their budgets and take advantage of Cisco’s class-leading PoE switching products. For more information on these important updates, please contact your local Cisco Representative or check out our support community.

That is it for now. Thanks for hanging out with us.

Until next time,

Marc

 

 

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