February 4, 2019
Cisco 2960-S Product Overview: Staying Relevant in the Shadow of the X

The Shadow of the X… No, it’s not the new X-Men movie. Although that does look pretty cool. It’s more about how the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S must be feeling right now.

Tags: Cisco 2960S, Cisco
January 22, 2019
Network Security Principles You Need to Know

Cybersecurity is a subject matter on everyone’s minds these days. Seems like every day we see news stories and articles warning us of the dangers inherent out there in the world. This article provides an overview of some principles it makes sense to be aware of.

Tags: cybersecurity, network security, security
December 11, 2018
Tariffs raise OEM prices of network hardware and IT equipment

Networking and server equipment are among those products affected by the U.S. tariffs on China, causing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to increase their prices. We’ve heard concerns from many of our customers about these price increases.


November 26, 2018
The importance of IoT as a business driver

After attending the Gartner Catalyst conference, I was amazed to learn how much the Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to grow and becoming a more prominent factor in our customer's business. It’s important for all of us to stay current on this trending technology.

Infrastructure life cycle costs: How ITAD and TPM can save you money
November 7, 2018
Infrastructure life cycle costs: How ITAD and TPM can save you money

Complete infrastructure life cycle management that includes secure IT asset disposition (ITAD) and third-party (TPM) can help you maximize value ate every stage of your technology investment.



October 18, 2018
Choosing the Right Technology Provider

 Product Engineer, Errol McCall explores the mind of famous villains throughout history to understand their take on network administration. He delves into common challenges in the workplace and how choosing the right technology vendor can steer you away from the dark side. Stick with the good guys and your organization can avoid network downtime, going over budget and more. 

Tags: IT budget, network administration, network hardware, networking equipment, equal2new
September 25, 2018
40 Blogs to Celebrate 40 Years

At CXtec, we've been doing this maximizing value in IT investments thing a long time. 40 years, to be exact. We decided to start writing about it in this blog several years back and it's been a fun ride, to say the least. We decided to gather together our top 40 blog posts to celebrate our 40 years in business.

Tags: fun, Cisco, networking equipment, network hardware
Hardware life cycle approaches to save money, ensure network reliability
September 21, 2018
Hardware life cycle approaches to save money, ensure network reliability

The right life cycle management approach when it comes to network hardware and data center cabling will help IT organizations do more while optimizing their budget

When it comes to IP desk phones, the secondary market is the way to go
September 7, 2018
When it comes to IP desk phones, the secondary market is the way to go

A VoIP phone system can save an organization a lot of money, but the up-front costs for new equipment can be prohibitive. Instead, consider used phones from a reputable provider.

Tags: IP phones
September 6, 2018
What to Ask When Upgrading Network Hardware 

Are you ready to upgrade your equipment? Is unused equipment collecting dust in a closet? How do you maximize ROI and get the most value for this gear? When trading in your used equipment, it is important to partner with a vendor you trust.

In order to achieve this, make sure you are asking the right questions. Check out these important factors to consider when choosing a vendor.

Tags: sell network hardware, used network hardware, IT asset disposition, asset recovery, buy network hardware
August 3, 2018
The Truth About Aruba Access Points

A couple allegations have surfaced surrounding the Aruba AP-310 series access points in comparison to other AP’s in the Aruba indoor 300 level Wave 2 lines.

What better time to discuss these accusations and take a deep dive into how the AP-310 compares to the 300/320/330.

Tags: APC, AP, Access Points, Aruba
Want affordable SDN products? Check the secondary market
July 17, 2018
Want affordable SDN products? Check the secondary market

Software-defined networking is great technology, but the cost of new products is prohibitive for some companies. If yours is one, take a look at the secondary market and pre-owned equipment.

Your hardware order is ready. Do you want cables with that?
July 10, 2018
Your hardware order is ready. Do you want cables with that?

In a previous blog post, 5 reasons to buy refurbished Cisco equipment, I talked about five facts to keep in mind as you consider how to proceed with your Cisco hardware solutions.

Well, my engineering group reminded me of something else to consider for any hardware solution, not just a Cisco solution.

How Cisco's Multigigabit Technology can increase network speeds
June 19, 2018
How Cisco's Multigigabit Technology can increase network speeds

Cisco's Catalyst Multigigabit switches with NBASE-T will help users get more that 1 gig of speed from their existing infrastructure -- without having to rip everything up and replace it.

June 13, 2018
Cisco Networking Price Increases: What They Mean to You and Your Budget

Over the past year, Cisco has raised prices on a number of networking devices throughout its portfolio. These increases are forcing many organizations to take action – finding a way to stretch your budget has become a challenge. We at CXtec have some suggestions on how you can combat rising Cisco prices.

Tags: secondary market, network hardware, networking equipment, Networking, used cisco, Cisco
May 18, 2018
"Defend Your Investment" with pre-owned hardware

Back in 2014, CXtec started the “Defend Your Investment” program. The program originally rewarded customers with toy Army men, after purchasing a equal2new® product to signify the advantage organizations have by defending their investment with pre-owned hardware. The Army men have since greeted jeeps, tanks, helicopters, ships, motorcycles and wooden gliders. Pre-owned equipment is an integral piece of maximizing value in a technology investment. Businesses should be rethinking their approach to network hardware as they can save 40% to 90% on network hardware. Here are some things to consider.

Tags: network hardware, hardware maintenance
5 reasons to buy refurbished Cisco equipment
May 15, 2018
5 reasons to buy refurbished Cisco equipment

Shiny new Cisco equipment is appealing, but it is also pricey and could be overkill. Meanwhile, refurbished network equipment has many benefits you might be overlooking.

April 27, 2018
Like Captain Kirk we all want more Power ... over Ethernet

"More power" was something Captain Kirk had requested from Mr. Scott on numerous occasions in some form or fashion. "More" is one of many eternal human quests. Bigger, better, faster, now. Power over Ethernet is no different.

We aren't answering a distress call from Outpost 4 or trying to escape a Tholian web, that’s unfortunately true, but we are looking to find enough power so that our devices can operate effectively or in many cases at all.

So what’s the deal with Power over Ethernet or PoE?

April 12, 2018
HPE/Aruba M series vs. F series switches is like PUBG v. Fortnite

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around the HPE/Aruba M series of switches. Katie Taisey's curiosity led her to look and see what customers would receive from the M version of switches as compared to the F versions of the same switches.

In her latest blog post, Taisey looks specifically at the 2930F 48 POE+ (JL256A) versus the 2930M 48 POE+ (JL322A). The twist? Are you a gamer? Think of the 2930F as Fortnite and the 2930M as PUBG.


Tags: Aruba, Fortnite, Switches, Switch, HPE, HP switch
Does the Cisco 4000 router series redefine the traditional role of routers?
April 10, 2018
Does the Cisco 4000 router series redefine the traditional role of routers?

Last month it was Catalyst 9000 switches, and this month its routers. Yes, my project engineering staff have had a surprising amount of inquiries regarding routers.