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Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
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Data Network

All businesses are reliant on their data network for day to day operation. This is usually a combination of wired and wireless access. With the rise in “Bring Your Own Devices”, a robust wireless network is a necessity rather than just an a “nice to have”. We offer enterprise-grade products from Cambium, Grandstream and Ubiquiti to suit differing situations and budgets.

With the current WiFi 6 standard and upcoming 6E and 7, there is more than sufficient bandwidth available for a small office to connect phones and PC’s. This can be particularly valuable if setting up a new office – saving on cost to wire the place and reducing lead time to occupy. Bear in mind that wireless is shared spectrum so the more users are on it the slower it becomes for everybody and although you can have multiple access points there is still a finite number of channels – particularly on 2.4GHz – if you need better range. In a larger office, wireless is an adjunct to a good, wired network.

In the travels of our technicians, we are amazed at the old networking equipment still soldiering away in cupboards and racks, usually under a thick layer of dust, such as a remarkable number of 10-BaseT and 100-BaseT hubs from names such as Bay Networks or 3Com although they are long obsolescent. Their performance (and power consumption) is now totally outclassed by even basic Fast Ethernet switches and they are probably best retired in favour of a new Gigabit switch.

Multi-Gigabit port are becoming more common on PC’s now so if specifying new switches it may be worthwhile looking at a switch that supports them. Multi-Gigabit means 2.5 or 5GBps.

There are many switches by many manufacturers, all of which have a number of different features and capabilities. In the quest to reduce power consumption one useful feature is the ability to be able to reduce the speed of designated ports at certain times. An IP phone will work if the port is throttled back to 10Mbps but power consumption is reduced. Across many ports this can add up to a marked saving over time in both electricity consumed and a reduction in cooling requirements. For security it may be worthwhile to turn off some ports completely after hours to shut down wireless access points or devices in public areas. Another useful feature to significantly reduce administration is Policy Based Automation as found in Cambium switches. The switch can be configured to set VLANs for various devices such as phones, cameras, etc which allows them to be plugged into any port and the port is automatically configured for the correct VLAN. When the device is unplugged the port reverts to the default VLAN.

Contact us to discuss your data network requirements.

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