January 27, 2020
Comparing the HPE 2930F Switch to the Cisco 3650 Switch

Let's do a quick comparison of a specific Cisco switch and its close HPE equivalent. In this instance let's compare the Cisco WS-C3650-48FQM-S 48-port switch with full PoE and 4 SFP+ ports with the HPE JL558A - 2930F 48-port PoE+ switch with 740W power and 4 SFP+ ports.

Tags: HP switch, Cisco switches, HPE
August 19, 2019
Understanding HPE Switch Categories

The HPE switch portfolio is vast, so understanding it can be a challenge. But upon closer inspection, we notice that generally all the switches fall into three distinct types of categories: Data Center, Campus, and Small Business. To make the offerings even more clear – HPE further splits those switches into four product lines: Aruba, FlexFabric, FlexNetwork, and OfficeConnect. Let's take a deeper dive into these models to learn a little more about them.

Tags: HPE, HP switch
July 25, 2019
3 Frequent Cisco Switch Questions

A lot of people use Cisco to help their networks run well. Those same people have a lot of questions regarding Cisco, so we're here to help clear up the three most common.

Tags: PoE, stacking switches
July 8, 2019
When it Comes to Hardware, Can You Spot a Counterfeit?

In this world of “too good to be true” prices and “trust me” guarantees, as buyers, we must always beware of fraudulent products. Today, counterfeiting in the networking world is becoming more prevalent, more sophisticated… and a whole lot harder to spot. With years of expertise in vetting out real vs. fake, we’ve pinpointed key markers to look out for.

Tags: counterfeit, hardware
May 2, 2019
Long Live the Cisco Catalyst 3560

Although many things of the past have faded away, the continued use and staying power of the Cisco Catalyst 3560 has kept it current for over 15 years. Why would anyone still use it? Take a look at what it offers.

Tags: Cisco Catalyst 3560, Cisco Catalyst 3750, switches
April 15, 2019
The Complexity of Licensing for Cisco Products

In today’s day and age, companies are constantly working to processes quicker, simpler and more transparent. So why are some businesses like Cisco still making confusing contracts and licenses?

Tags: Cisco, Licensing
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.

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
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

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
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.

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.

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