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June 27, 2013
Cisco Completes Deal for Ubiquisys. What Does This Mean for My Network?

These days, everyone wants a hand in cloud technology. And Cisco has taken a big leap into the cloud market with its latest acquisition, Ubiquisys.

By Rick
June 26, 2013
Power over Ethernet - tec Tips Video

This may seem like a pretty broad and basic topic, but we get all sorts of questions about Power over Ethernet (PoE) every day. In this short video, Nathan, CXtec's Cisco Product Engineer, explains some basic factors involved in Power over Ethernet (PoE), including classes and the 802.3af standard.

By Jake
June 24, 2013
2013 New York Technology Summit: Some Things You Missed in the Classroom Sessions

For an industry built on electronic communications, taking time to get together and share ideas in an intimate, face-to-face setting from time to time is VERY important. So on June 20-21, IT leaders gathered in Verona, N.Y., for the NY Tech Summit for two days of brainstorming, networking, and comprehensive educational IT training on everything from VoIP phones to SAN fiber to network security.

By Rick
June 17, 2013
Is the NY Tech Summit on Your Calendar This Week? If You're in the IT World, Better Add it

It’s just a matter of days before Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., is bustling with activity—and it won’t just be because the poker tables are packed and thousands are trying their hand at roulette. Rather, the NY Tech Summit is about to kick off, bringing together hundreds of IT professionals with one common goal—doing a deep dive into the IT, networking and programming spaces.

By jking
June 3, 2013
Wireless N Technology - tec Tips Video

Thinking about upgrading to wireless N? Wondering what the differences are between A, G and N or the difference going to N could have for you? In this short video, Nathan, CXtec's Wireless Product Engineer, explains some of the factors involved with wireless N technology and breaks down a few things you should know.

By Jake
May 31, 2013
Pre-owned doesn't necessarily mean "old"

A common misconception we often encounter is when people think that the pre-owned equipment we offer is “old.” We imagine that they picture it as ancient legacy hardware sitting in some company’s closet collecting dust and rusting.

By Jake
May 29, 2013
Wireless Antennae Diversity - tec Tips Video

If you have questions about how to achieve antennae diversity in your wireless environment, you've come to the right place.

By Jake
May 24, 2013
Which Cisco Router is Right for Your Organization? - Part 1

Once in a while it's good to get back to basics and cover some fundamentals. Some folks are looking for some solid, useful information to help them get started on certain things. For instance, in this world where Cisco is so popular, you might wonder what Cisco router is right for you or your organization.

By Rick
May 23, 2013
NY Tech Summit 2013 is Almost Here

It's that time of year once again.  The NY Tech Summit is almost here.  That's right. It's upstate New York's premier IT conference, and CXtec is a proud presenting sponsor.

By Rick
May 17, 2013
Wireless Bridging and the Fresnel Zone - tec Tips Video

Have questions about wireless bridging and getting your signals to reach Point A to Point B? Wondering what the allowable limit of obstruction is between your antennae? Well, here's some good news.

By Jake
May 15, 2013
Caption Contest Fun!

We recently had some more fun with our friends on Spiceworks. You may remember the Cisco Haiku contest we ran a couple months ago? Well, we decided to do a caption contest this time. The contest was simple. Create an IT-related caption for a picture of Mr. Miyagi. We chose some of our favorites and sent the contributors a sweet t-shirt. It was a lot of fun. Check out some of the best responses!

By Jake
May 14, 2013
What Has Cisco Been Up To Recently?

Cisco Systems, the massive company that covers a broad range of networking solutions, has  over the past few weeks  has been making headlines for variety of reasons ranging from innovative Wi-Fi connectivity in the U.S. to the facilitation of network distribution in the Middle East. Here is a snapshot of three areas where Cisco has been making headway recently:

By Rick
May 13, 2013
NBA All-Star Game Delivers Seamless Connectivity Thanks to Cisco Switches

We may be a few months past the NBA All-Star game this year, but sports fans everywhere are still in awe of the fact that Toronto Raptors Terrence Ross nailed the Slam Dunk Contest, becoming the only other Raptor to win the Slam Dunk Contest besides Vince Carter. And who could forget Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh getting bested by the all star players twice off of the same move?

By Rick
May 10, 2013
Cisco 6500 vs Cisco Nexus - tec Tips Video

Have you considered stepping up your switching platform to the Cisco Nexus? Wondering what some of the differences are between the 6500 Series and the Nexus?

By Jake
May 8, 2013
Introducing CABLExpress® 10G to 40G Conversion Modules

There’s a recurring issue for folks converting to 40G. Their QSFP transceiver utilizes 8 fibers, while their MTP® trunks are terminated with 12 fibers. Those four leftover “dark” fibers can be a real sticking point for some people. They simply don’t want to have fibers in their cabling not passing traffic.

By Jake
May 6, 2013
28% of IT Managers Don't Have Enough Resources. Does Your Organization?

Doing your job without the proper essentials is not an easy task. And when the responsibility of your job entails looking after the security and efficiency of an entire organization, it gets a lot harder. As companies continue to depart from server based storage and move into virtual databases, IT leaders across the country are scrambling to make do with reduced budgets and a lack of resources.

By Rick
May 3, 2013
May the 4th Be With You, Star Wars Fans!

Enjoy these May the 4th links and enjoy a cool day for Star Wars fans.

By Jake
May 1, 2013
Stacking Cisco 3750 Switches - tec Tips Video

In this short, informative video, Nathan, CXtec's Cisco Product Engineer, explains some of the factors and gotchas involved with stacking Cisco 3750 switches.

By Jake
April 26, 2013
Guide to Selling Your Used Network Hardware

At CXtec, we always have great advice for you on what to look for when buying used network hardware. There are always telltale signs to look for in order to ensure you’re getting quality equipment.

By Jake
April 17, 2013
Top 5 Reasons to Extend the Life of Your Network Hardware

Earth Day is April 22, and this time of year definitely gets us thinking about how we can better “go green” and institute environmentally-friendly corporate policies.

By Jake