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
April 8, 2013
Three Quotes that Prove Mr. Spock Would Love CXtec's RapidCare

Here at CXtec, we love that Mr. Spock is so logical. It’s probably because our offerings just seem to make so much sense for those who want to extend their IT budgets.

By Jake
April 3, 2013
CXtec Tampa Event

While most of our fellow CXtec-ers were enjoying the beautiful Central New York spring weather (aka April snow storm), some of us were able to make the trip to sunny Tampa, Florida for a customer event. We spent the afternoon at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where we held half-day educational sessions on IT topics including "Stretching Your Budget and IT Asset Disposition” and “The Value in Exceeding the Standards for TIA-942 Optical Cabling Infrastructure.”

By jking
March 29, 2013
Contest: Forget Easter Eggs...We Have the Whole Easter Bunny!

Hooray - it's Friday and it's contest time! We know how much IT pros love contests... especially when there's an opportunity to win free stuff.

By jking
March 27, 2013
Happy Tolkien Reading Day!

Usually we write about networking hardware and the technology world, but sometimes we let ourselves indulge in the things we love because we can’t always be about work!

By Jake
March 25, 2013
Cisco News of the Month

With so much going on in the IT world every day, sometimes it seems almost impossible to keep up on all the latest news and updates. We decided we wanted to start compiling all the most important news stories of the month to use as a resource for both our team - and yours. This post will be specifically on Cisco news.

By jking
March 22, 2013
Don't Think You Can Afford Cisco? Think Again.

Are you someone who has ruled out using Cisco in your network because you think the costs are too high?

Hey, we can sympathize. You’ll find no judgment here. Cisco technology has numerous merits and it’s the most popular choice around the world. But as a manufacturer, they’re always pushing the latest and greatest products, and the costs involved with that can really add up on you.

By Jake
March 20, 2013
99.51%+ Network Hardware Reliability: How It Happens

We achieve a 99.51% out-of-the-box reliability rating on all our equal2new networking and voice products. This percentage is superior to the failure rate of new hardware directly from the manufacturers.

By Jake