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You can't always look your vendor in the eye and shake their hand after every purchase. That's why equal2new® is so valuable: the strict standards that equal2new is held to means that you can always be assured in the quality of your purchase!

equal2new has helped customers upgrade at their pace since 1995

With product shortages seemingly everywhere these days, you can't afford to waste time waiting months for equipment to arrive. Thankfully, equal2new® has the certified devices that you need, and the production facility capabilities necessary to process your order quickly and efficiently.

Our Technology Certification and Distribution Center (TCDC) is backed by an incredible team

What makes our Technology Certification and Distribution Center (TCDC) so special? The people who work here, and that passion that they bring to their craft, is what sets us apart from the rest.

Confused with today's IT landscape? Let CXtec help!

Ever feel like you're struggling to keep up with today's ever-changing technology space? The transition to hybrid and work-from-home environments has presented plenty of challenges. That's why it's so important to partner with someone who understands your needs from foundational layers to endpoints.

The Cisco Catalyst 9000: Worth the Upgrade?

Cisco's transition to the Catalyst 9000 product set is a disruption unlike any other in the IT industry. Some customers welcome the new software suite, additional features, and security enablement, while others are left dreading another forced upgrade from the OEM. Where does your organization stand?

The Global Microchip Shortage: Keep Your Projects On Track

The global microchip shortage is causing all kinds of delays for IT organizations. Relying on the OEM will likely lead to longer lead times, and a steeper price. Fortunately there are alternatives to keeping your project on track! As North America's largest secondary-market network hardware provider, CXtec has a massive inventory position for immediate delivery. Keep your projects on track, and come in under budget!

The Global Microchip Shortage: Alternatives to New Equipment

The global microchip shortage has caused supply problems for servers, switches, phones, and a variety of devices worldwide. It has affected the supply chain of companies like Cisco and other OEM hardware providers. Fortunately there are alternatives to just buying new from the OEM, like equal2new® and RapidCare®.

The Global Microchip Shortage: You Still Have Options

Due to the global microchip shortage IT professionals are finding themselves facing challenges sourcing IT equipment, including various kinds of network hardware, business phones (IP phones) and other devices. As the largest secondary market network hardware provider in North America, CXtec has the inventory to match. Our equal2new® brand of certified pre-owned IT equipment delivers the world’s highest reliability and performance – keeping you up and running.

The Global Microchip Shortage: Don't wait on the OEM

You don't have time to wait around for the OEM. The global microchip shortage of 2021 has proven to be problematic for companies. Goldman Sachs has said it will affect as many as 169 industries. OEMs like Cisco are seeing huge delays to fill product orders. Secondary market hardware providers have a massive inventory of products ready to ship. That means orders going out in days, not months.

The Global Microchip Shortage: Avoid IT Hardware Supply Challenges

If you have seen the news in 2021, you probably know about the global microchip shortage. According to reports, it will cause business challenges and supply problems for manufacturers of all kinds of products in a wide range of industries for quite a long time. This includes products in the IT world like phones, switches, and servers. What can be done to alleviate your IT needs?

Hardware End-of-Life Management: Beyond IT Asset Disposition (ITAD)

The last chapter in the story of your hardware is a critical step in the lifecycle of your hardware lifecycle investment.  Shouldn't you have a smart strategy to decommission your equipment to protect your data, get the most value you can, and do it in a way that is better for the environment?

Defend your IT Investments with equal2new®

You can put these equal2new® troops and their vehicles to work defending your IT infrastructure and you can find them only at CXtec. They're... The e-Team!

Why equal2new?  IT Equipment & Network Hardware...The Wise Way.

Every equal2new device comes with a lifetime warranty with advance replacement, is priced 40-90% off list, and is backed by a 99.51% reliability rating.

Understanding Hardware End-of-Life (HELM)

Hardware end-of-life management, or HELM, is an effective way to maximize the ROI on your technology investments while also protecting your data’s integrity.

What Is Third-Party Maintenance

Third-party maintenance, or TPM, is the name the IT industry has given to break-fix, post-warranty hardware maintenance service.

Get maximum reliability and performance with equal2new®

With equal2new® you get certified pre-owned IT equipment that delivers the world’s highest reliability and performance – making it the ideal way to maximize value in your technology infrastructure.

The equal2new® Experience: Quality Control

With equal2new®, your equipment is spotless, in perfect working order, and in like-new condition when it arrives at your facility. See for yourself how our quality control procedures offer quality and reliability for your IT buying experience!

The equal2new® Experience: Shipping

With equal2new® shipping, your equipment arrives at your door quickly, safely, and in perfect working order! See for yourself how our shipping procedures are just one component of the equal2new® experience!

The equal2new® Experience: Receiving

The equal2new® experience starts long before you ever receive a device. Our top-of-the-line receiving process is geared towards quickness and efficiency, while still maintaining the quality and accuracy you’ve come to expect from equal2new®.

The equal2new® Experience: Phone Refurbishing

We put a great amount of time and pride into developing an in-depth refurbishing process on our equal2new® phones.

The equal2new® Experience: Network Hardware Testing

Every equal2new® product undergoes rigorous testing at CXtec’s state-of-the-art facility before ever finding its way to you.

Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Headset Unboxing

In this episode of TecTips, we do an unboxing of Jabra's Elite 85H wireless headset, and discuss the various features of this exciting product.

Jabra Panacast Demo

Whether you need it for an academic or professional environment, the Jabra PanaCast is the perfect solution for all of your video and audio conferencing needs. The platform is certified for use with Microsoft Teams & Zoom, and the panoramic-4K video technology means you get an 180° field of view!

Jabra 710 Bluetooth Speakers

In this episode of TecTips, we take a look at Jabra's 710 Bluetooth Speakers, and discuss the various features of this exciting product.

Cisco Wireless IP Phones: 7925 vs. 8821 | Part 5 | Setup, Interface, Headsets, & Durability

In this episode of TecTips, we compare the Cisco 7925 and 8821 IP phones. Today we're discussing how each model performs right out the box, what headsets are compatible with each model, and the validity of Cisco's durability claims.

Cisco Wireless IP Phones: 7925 vs. 8821 | Part 4 | Batteries, Chargers, & Base Stations

In this episode of TecTips, we compare the Cisco 7925 and 8821 IP phones. Today we're discussing battery life, charger features, and base stations for each model.

Cisco Wireless IP Phones: 7925 vs. 8821 | Part 3 | Design & Accessories

In this episode of TecTips, we compare the Cisco 7925 and 8821 IP phones. Today we're discussing difference in design, and the various accessories that come with each model.

Cisco Wireless IP Phones: 7925 vs. 8821 | Part 2 | Wireless Networks, SSID, & Access Points

In this episode of TecTips, we compare the Cisco 7925 and 8821 IP phones. Today we're discussing compatibility with wireless networks, including SSID and access point redundancy.

Cisco Wireless IP Phones: 7925 vs. 8821 | Part 1 | Call Manager & Hybrid Cloud Solution

In this episode of TecTips, David and Becky compare the Cisco 7925 and 8821 IP phones. Today we're discussing what versions of call manager are supported on each phone, when to move to version 14 call manager, and cloud registration with a hybrid cloud solution.

equal2new® Server Solutions: Trust the partner with expertise!

CXtec has what you need when it comes to servers! By working with us you get a range of features and solutions tailored to your needs, all while backed by a lifetime warranty with advance replacement for all fully configured solutions.

The better way to do IT

You’re responsible for keeping track of lot of technology. CXtec can help you maximize your IT equipment value so you can focus on what's important.

Declare your IT Independence with a Hybrid Support Strategy

Using OEM support for every device you have could cost you fortunes and end up hurting you in the long run. A hybrid support model combines OEM offerings, third-party maintenance, and spares to get the exact coverage you need in every area of your infrastructure.

Bringing Sexy Back Into Your Infrastructure

Your IT equipment is built to last much longer than the OEM wants you to believe. By investing in a mix of new and pre-owned infrastructure, you can upgrade at your pace and extend the life of your IT investments.

Jabra Evolve 65t

In this episode of tecTips Shayne reviews the Jabra Evolve 65t. He explores the Jabra Sound + app, the system's Hearthrough technology, and the device's impressive battery life.

Redefine the IT Value Life Cycle

Pete Belyea, CXtec president and CEO, addresses the advantages of complete IT life cycle management at the 2019 NY Tech Summit. See how each step of the life cycle can impact you, and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

Cisco 7832 & 8832

In this episode of tecTips David and Becky take a look at Cisco's 7832 & 8832 IP phones. They discuss how the technology has changed from older models, and highlight some key differences between the two newer models.

Cisco 7937 & 8831

In this video Becky and David look at two of Cisco's older models: the 7937 and 8831 IP Phones. They compare and contrast the two models, and explore their practical uses.

Cisco 8800 Series Attributes Chapter 1

This video presents a brief description of the attributes of the Cisco 8800 Series IP phones compared to the earlier 7900 Series, including which support Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and which support Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP).

How to Factory Reset Cisco 7900 Series IP Phones

This video presents a step-by-step description of how to factory reset Cisco 7900 Series phones.

Understand the Shift to -B Domain Cisco Wireless Access Points

This video discusses how the FCC regulation FCC14-30A1 has impacted the shift to -B domain Cisco wireless switches.

Assign DHCP Options to Avaya 96XX and 46XX Phones

This video shows how to assign DHCP options to Avaya 96XX and Avaya 46XX Series IP phones. It includes option numbers, IP address, port number designation, TLS server, HTTP server, and TFTP server protocols.

Cisco 2960-X Features and Capabilities

Jim explains some features and capabilities of the Cisco 2960-X Series switch line, including port counts, PoE standards, software sets, stacking considerations, and more.

Cisco Multigigabit Technology

Nate discusses the new Cisco Multigigabit technology initiative to address bandwidth in Wave 2 of wireless standard 802.11ac.

How to Configure a Virtual Local Area Network

Errol discusses step-by-step how to create a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN).

Evolution of Cisco Analog Telephone Adaptors

Katie explains the evolution of Cisco Analog Telephone Adaptors, including such factors as PC and analog port availability, protocols, end-of-life dates, and more.

Replace Power Board and Reset Nortel 1140E IP Phones

Shawna demonstrates step-by-step how to factory reset Nortel 1140E IP phones.

Cisco Router Interfaces and Modules

Jim explains the various interfaces and modules for Cisco routers. He includes a helpful guide to a document that helps you figure out the acceptable modules for your router.

What to Expect from Wave 2 of 802.11ac

Nate explains what to expect from Wave 2 of wireless standard 802.11ac, delving into throughput capabilities, multi-user MIMO considerations, PoE+ requirements, and the possible choke point at 6.8G.

Top 5 Benefits of Implementing VLANs

Errol explains the top five benefits of implementing Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), including considerations such as performance, security, cost, location and management.

Evolution of Cisco Wireless IP Phones

Katie explains the evolution of Cisco wireless IP phone models, including radio protocols, display colors, battery life, end-of-life dates, Bluetooth compatibility and more.

How to Test Polycom CX600 Phones

A quick how-to video on testing procedures on the Polycom CX600 (Microsoft Lync-enabled) phones - performed by Shawna, CXtec product engineer and Chris, CXtec phone tester.

Cisco Catalyst 3850 Wireless Capabilities

Nate explains some of the wireless capabilities of the Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch.

5 Considerations for Network Connection Problems

Errol explains five factors to consider if you're having network connection problems, between switch to switch or between transceiver and transceiver (GBIC/SFP).

ShoreTel IP Phones Testing

Shawna demonstrates CXtec's in-depth testing procedures on ShoreTel IP phones.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S

Jim explains some of the features and elements you need to know about the Cisco Catalyst 2960-S.

Cisco Transceivers

Jim illustrates some helpful tools to allow you to research Cisco transceiver compatibility.

Chassis vs. Stacked Switch Solution

Errol explains the top five considerations you should keep in mind when deciding between a chassis vs. a stacked switch solution.

How to Factory Reset an Avaya 9620 IP Phone

Shawna shows you step-by-step how to factory reset an Avaya 9620 IP phone.

How to Factory Reset an Avaya 9608 IP Phone

Shawna shows you step-by-step how to factory reset an Avaya 9608 IP phone.

How to Factory Reset an Avaya 4621SW IP Phone

Shawna shows you step-by-step how to factory reset an Avaya 4621SW IP phone.

How to Factory Reset an Avaya 1608 IP Phone

Shawna shows you step-by-step how to factory reset an Avaya 1608 IP phone.

Wireless Controllers

Nathan explains wireless controllers, including the Cisco 4400, 5500 and virtual controllers.

10 Gig in the Cisco 6500 Series

Nathan explains 10 Gig availability in the Cisco 6500 Series, including 6908, the 6816, the 6716, the 6708 and the 6704 blades.

Wireless Radio Patterns

Nathan explains antennae placement and wireless radio patterns, including omni-directional and yagi/directional patterns.

Power over Ethernet

Nathan explains some basic factors involved in Power over Ethernet (PoE), including classes and the 802.3af standard.

Wireless N Technology

Nathan explains some of the factors involved with Wireless N technology.

Cisco 6500 vs Cisco Nexus

Nathan explains some of the differences between the Cisco 6500 and the Cisco Nexus, helping you decide which platform might work best for you.

Wireless Antennae Diversity

Nathan explains the advantage of diversity - utilizing multiple wireless antennae in an access point to ensure that a throughput signal is strong enough to avoid multipath propagation.

Cisco 3750 Switch Stacking

Nathan explains the factors involved with stacking Cisco 3750 switches.

Wireless Bridging and the Fresnel Zone

Nathan explains some factors involved with wireless bridging, including a quick analysis of the Fresnel Zone.

Installing OEM Batteries Into Your Battery Tray

A quick instructional video on how to install OEM batteries into your existing battery tray.

The Cisco 7900 Series

Katie explains the various part numbers in the Cisco 7900 Series.

Alternatives to the Cisco 6900 Series

The recently introduced Cisco 6900 Series is cool with its energy conservation attributes, but Katie tells you about some really great alternatives from the 7900 Series.

The Cisco 7970G Alternative

The Cisco 7945G and 7965G color phones are really cool, but consider the Cisco 7970G as an alternative. It has 8 lines and it a great touchscreen feature. Katie tells you all about it.

Cisco 7942 or Cisco 7940?

If the Cisco 7942 and 7940 are essentially the same phone, why pay way more to get features you might not need? Katie explains the difference between the Cisco 7940 and 7942 phones.