June 28, 2017
Playing with Fire... Walls (And Not Getting Burned)

Just like dealing with fire, there are some important factors you’ll want to think about before you get into the business of protecting your network. If you don't, it could get out of control and all go up in flames.

Tags: VPN, firewalls, security
June 20, 2017
What does the HP 5400 Chassis have to do with E3?

On June 11, Microsoft announced its latest product in the Xbox series - Xbox One X.           Previously referred to as Xbox Project Scorpio, Xbox One X will be in stores on November 7 but is already receiving a lot of buzz.  With all this hype around the new release, it made me wonder if it was time to upgrade to the next generation in the Xbox One family. This is the same decision HP customers are facing when they look to upgrade or purchase HP 5400 chassis equipment.

Tags: HP 5400R, HP 5400 zl, HP switch, HP chassis
June 8, 2017
Don't Let the Shift to -B Domain Cisco Access Points Confuse You

When the FCC released its official document (FCC 14-30A1) in April of 2014, wireless manufacturers were given two years to cease the sale of the old standard 5 Ghz radio spec. This is what led Cisco to shift from the -A part number to the -B part number now present in their wireless access points.

Tags: wireless networks, wireless networking, wireless, Cisco wireless
May 30, 2017
How to Assign DHCP Options to Avaya 96XX and 46XX Phones

You know how important it is to set up a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for your IP network. It can greatly increase your efficiency by eliminating the need to manually configure every device. If you're assigning DHCP options to Avaya 9600 Series or Avaya 4600 Series phones, we have a resource that can really help you out.

Tags: Avaya DHCP, Avaya 4600 Series, Avaya 9600 Series, Avaya Phones, Avaya
May 23, 2017
Grow Your Wireless Network the Wise Way

Is your wireless network growing? Of course it is; isn’t everybody’s? As this happens, you’re forced to add access points and purchase more licenses to handle that larger quantity of APs. Which is fine, but it’s important to consider the strategy you use. Making a smart decision can allow you to potentially save big budget money.

Tags: wireless networks, wireless networking, wireless, Cisco wireless
May 10, 2017
How to Find the Right Cisco Compatible Optical Transceivers

Compatibility is an important concept. Most people can relate! You want a job that’s compatible with your skill set, and a partner whose interests match yours. It just makes sense. When it comes to technology, compatibility is a must to ensure that systems run smoothly. Brand-name SFPs from Cisco can be extremely costly, creating a challenge when you’re trying to stay on budget. Luckily there is an alternative: Cisco compatible SFPs.

Tags: compatible transceivers, compatible SFPs, compatible GBICs, Cisco compatible SFPs, compatible optics
May 4, 2017
Support Avaya Infrastructures After Chapter 11

Recently, Avaya announced its plan of reorganization meant to reduce its debt by more than $4 billion. For those looking to support Avaya infrastructures in their network, this is a good sign. But it’s just the first step. In this time of uncertainty, we’ve been advising everyone we speak with not to panic.

Tags: Avaya
April 21, 2017
Network Switches 101: The Different Types of Networking Switches and Which Ones You Should Use

While we can’t advise you on which streaming service to use (although season one of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is now available on Netflix… by the power of GreySkull anyone?) or which kitchen gadget is the best, we can talk switches. We think the new Nintendo Switch is pretty sweet, but at CXtec our true expertise lies in networking technology.

Tags: VLAN, stacked switch, switches, networking equipment, Networking
April 4, 2017
One Vendor to Unite Them All

Finding a trustworthy, dependable secondary market hardware vendor can become a near-impossible task. If you don’t do your due diligence, the quest can exhaust your resources and budget, while assets sit idle and your network isn’t performing optimally.

March 29, 2017
What is Cisco Multigigabit and Why Should I Care?

The main benefit to Multigigabit is that it’s for switches that have the latest/greatest 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless APs connected to them. The term refers to a port’s ability to connect to devices (like APs) that require more than 1 gig of throughput. If you really want to get technical, the speeds supported by Cisco’s Multigigabit ports are 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, and 5 Gbps on Cat5e cable, and up to 10 Gbps over Cat6a cabling.

Tags: Cisco wireless, Cisco
March 22, 2017
5 Advantages of Using Third-Party Maintenance Instead of OEM Services

You have your network up and running, and you’re seriously considering your recovery plan and your maintenance options. Who do you turn to? The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or a third-party maintenance provider? 

March 14, 2017
Come to the Dork Side, We Have Pi

Pi Day is celebrated annually on March 14 aka 3/14 which is akin to Pi's 3.14159. Celebrations on the day of observance also commemorate Albert Einstein's birthday, which so happens to be March 14. You are probably thinking, “So Dave, what does a Networking guy like yourself do on this special day?” Well, let me tell you. 

March 1, 2017
Kick Some Assets and Optimize Network ROI

Sometimes we get more than we bargain for. Like in the morning, when right after shoveling your driveway, the city snowplow drives by and gives you some fresh snow to dig out. On the other hand, when you get so much more value out of what you paid for, you know you made the right decision. 

February 22, 2017
Knowledge is Power (...over Ethernet)

Not all Power over Ethernet, or PoE, switches are created equal.

When it comes to evaluating a PoE solution for your network, there is a plethora of options at your disposal. It’s crucial that you do your research and plan accordingly for the types of devices that are currently on your network, the type of power these devices generate, and what they will require in the future.

February 20, 2017
How to Earn Money Like a Jawa

It’s a challenge every organization runs into at one point or another: you’re finally upgrading your networking gear, but it leaves you with a rag-tag collection of old routers, switches and phone systems. 

February 8, 2017
What the Watt? PoE, PoE+ and now PoE++

Power over Ethernet, or PoE, is the ability to pass both power and data over twisted pair Ethernet cabling. The first PoE standard - 802.3af - was introduced in 2003 and was quickly adopted all over networks because of its usefulness.

January 30, 2017
Choosing the Right Cisco Router for Your Business

As a dedicated IT specialist, you’re constantly wearing a number of different hats. Sometimes it’s a fireman helmet, putting out fires across the network. Other times it’s a headset, helping C-level leaders stage company events. Or it’s a doctor’s reflecting mirror, performing surgery to keep business humming along. A popular choice is the thinking cap, as you work to develop your company’s IT infrastructure and strategies going forward.

January 20, 2017
The Pros and Cons of Buying Used Cisco Products vs. New Ones

While buying new is certainly an option, purchasing pre-owned apparel can save you some serious money. This doesn’t just apply to designer clothing—it can apply to that expensive networking equipment you have your eye on too.

Tags: used cisco, used network hardware
January 11, 2017
STOP! Before you upgrade to the latest and greatest, do you really need it?

When it comes to purchasing networking equipment, you will find the OEM always pushing the latest and greatest – whether you need it or not. More than often, most organizations end up paying for features they don’t need or use. Knowing your options during the buying process is imperative to saving money and optimizing budget spend. Now more than ever, IT pros are leveraging the secondary market to reap its many budget benefits.

Tags: third-party maintenance, hardware maintenance, Cisco 2960S, Cisco switches
December 28, 2016
Push Start Your Network: How To Choose the Right Switch for Your Organization and Avoid Buyer's Remorse

There are a lot of purchases we make in life that lead to buyer’s remorse. Taking the time to do the proper research and weigh out all of your options should always be first priority. It’s crucial that you consider what features best support your organization’s unique needs--depending on its size and speed specifications.