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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 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
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
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.

March 15, 2018
55 is Alive

Have you seen the buzz around the Cisco 8540 wireless controller? The 8540 controller is an impressive unit, featuring Cisco DNA and SD-ACCESS wireless - but with a price to match. Most customers in your shoes do not need DNA and SD-ACCESS wireless. In some cases, buyers don’t even know what this functionality is. If this is the case for you, there are alternative devices that won’t break the bank.

Tags: lifetime warranty, equal2new, Cisco wireless, Cisco 8540, Cisco 5508, Cisco
March 2, 2018
Requests for Cisco Catalyst 9300 are up ... what's the intent?

My project engineering staff has been getting more and more information requests for Cisco’s new line of Catalyst 9000 switches, especially the 9300 switch. That has me wondering why.

February 1, 2018
Is Cisco's Mobility Express right for you?

One of the hottest topics on the minds of our customers for 2018 continues to be their wireless infrastructure. As WLAN 802.11ac wave 2 devices becoming mainstream, Cisco has placed a stake in the ground claiming to be the “value leader.”

2700 vs 2800: Should You Stay or Should You Go?
December 20, 2017
2700 vs 2800: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

The Clash asked the question in their 80s classic, Should I stay or should I go? How often do we ask ourselves that same questions when it comes to wireless equipment? Upgrade? Stick it out? Let me ask you this, Clash vocalist Joe Strummer, if I should go then how far should that be? In Cisco wireless, we have options. N, AC, Waves, Antennae, Multigig. Which way is the right way?

Well that really depends on you. Rather than boil this down to AC wave 1 versus wave 2, let’s talk more about the Cisco 2702 versus the 2802. Certainly wave 1 and wave 2 come into the argument but let’s talk specs.

Tags: Cisco 2800, Cisco 2700, Cisco Switches, Switches, Cisco, Upgrade, The Clash
25 Things IT Pros Should Consider at Year-End
December 1, 2017
25 Things IT Pros Should Consider at Year-End

As the end of the year approaches, the IT professional has a lot to consider. There are lots of tasks and jobs to accomplish by year-end and even more to consider in the coming year. Then again, that’s why IT pros are the unsung heroes in many organizations.

It can be overwhelming to have so much to think about. Take a load off and let us do the heavy lifting for a little while.

With the year-end right around the corner, here is a list all IT pros should check twice.

Can Wave 2 handle the wireless tsunami heading toward us?
November 28, 2017
Can Wave 2 handle the wireless tsunami heading toward us?

There seems to be a shift in our industry from wireless N to AC as we have seen large leaps forward in bandwidth and client saturation handling. With the growth of wireless options going in the workplace, widespread connectivity continues to rise and wireless requirements are becoming greater and greater.

How come the power cord plug for my network appliance won't fit the outlet that I have?
November 16, 2017
How come the power cord plug for my network appliance won't fit the outlet that I have?

After agonizing and researching and fighting bouts of indecision, you finally decide to go through with the process of purchasing some new network equipment, maybe a Cisco 6509 chassis, or maybe even an APC UPS to protect your expensive network!

Joy and jublication set in as you received your shipment of equipment! You unpack it, you install it into your rack and then, the final step, you go to plug it into an available wall outlet – but wait...

Tags: network advice, networking equipment, Networking, Cisco 6509
November 2, 2017
Clear your mind of sticker shock

I had a customer ask for pricing on a high-end router recently. The sticker shock threw them into a panic. Have you ever been here? You’re looking for reliable network hardware equipment, but the price resembles your house payment. Now is the time to take a step back and evaluate what your true needs are.

Tags: Cisco routers, Cisco, buy network hardware, network hardware, networking
October 26, 2017
Stack to the Future

In general, there are three types of switching solutions: standalone, stacked, and chassis. As the middle child, I’m biased towards a stacked switching solution – my reasons may be skewed, but even within the stacking world there is stacking and then there is true stacking. One of the major benefits to all stacking is simplified management. Before stacking came along, you had to daisy chain multiple switches together and configure them separately by logging in with a different IP address one by one.

Tags: Cisco switches, stacked switch, chassis switch
October 17, 2017
The King is dead?! Heck, no!

Editor's note: This blog first appeared on the Network World website. It's part of Frank's SWITCH IT UP colum.People in the industry have been talking, tweeting and writing about the demise of the venerable Catalyst 6500 chassis family for years. 

But don’t worry, the King is not dead.