Choosing a business Internet service provider (ISP) can be challenging for everyone, especially business owners. Although you must make cost comparisons, other factors beyond price determine the quality of service.
There are four main questions you should ask yourself when figuring out what type of internet you need and which provider is right for you.
1. How fast of a connection do you need?
Professional-grade Internet service typically reaches beyond 10 Mbps without issue. Most people have no idea what level of bandwidth they use and thus don’t know whether they need more or less. To find out what your connection speed is, use the free online test at Speedtest.net. Gauge the results to see if you can increase productivity using higher speeds. If your connection ratio (used to determine how many people work on the same signal) is higher than 30:1, then you most likely need more speed. Just make sure you figure out your needs before you buy. There’s no point in paying for more speed when less would’ve suited you just fine. You can always get more if your business expands and your needs change.
2. Can you bundle services?
Though your impulse might be to stick to Internet-only deals for ISP packages to save money, consider bundling phone and cable service with it. Even if you currently have cost-effective phone service, consolidating could provide superior service at the same price point or even less. Often times, providers will offer discounts for bundling more than one service (phone, internet, and/or TV), so you may save even more in the long run by bundling.
3. How much security does the internet service provider offer?
No matter how advanced Internet technology becomes, your business faces risks online. Consider top-shelf security essential when deciding on a provider. The best services deliver anti-spam, antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and even backup service protection in case of a system crash. If you are still creating hard copies of files, or saving them on external hard drives, consider moving to cloud storage for all workplace systems.
4. What level of customer support comes with the service?
Ask potential Internet service providers about customer support. Strong customer service is worth the added expense. In the event that internet goes down, or another problem arises, your business greatly benefits from guaranteed 24/7 attention from an ISP.
Choosing a provider for business Internet service is more difficult than ever. By looking beyond basic cost comparisons, you’ll find a great provider for your company.
Synacom Networks Inc. is pleased to announce the birth of a Male African Lion Cub at the Buffalo Zoo. The cameras that were installed by Synacom Networks in the Big Cat holding area will allow zoo keepers to monitor the lion cub, track his behaviors and provide video to the public before he makes his debut in the lion exhibit. This is a very exciting addition to the Buffalo Zoo and we are thrilled to be a valuable partner in this momentous event. #BuffaloZoo #IPCameras #LionCubs
Having a good intercom system installed will definitely be a huge boon for enhancing the strength of your organization's overall communication. Since solid communication is a key component for your business' success, you will want to invest in one of these systems very soon. Shopping for intercom systems, however, is not simply a matter of price and quality (these matter as well), but also the type of intercom system. To help you determine which type of intercom system is best for your business, we will compare and contrast wired intercom systems versus wireless intercom systems and video intercom systems versus audio only intercom systems.
Wired Versus Wireless Intercom System
The names of these two types of system are obvious descriptors of their capabilities; how each will benefit you is not as clear.
A wireless intercom system
As its name suggests, a wireless intercom system requires no wires to use. It is extremely mobile and can usually be set up without hiring an installer. For businesses that expect to rearrange their communication system often or don't wish to wait for professional installation, this is the best bet. Because they only transmit signals via waves, there will always be the risk of interference and intercepted communications. While digital encryption and improved signal technology are reducing these problems, they will always exist with wireless communication devices such as these.
A wired intercom system
The biggest benefit of a wired intercom system is that its hard-wire links virtually guarantee a strong intercom connection. Almost no types of interference can prevent signals from clearly transmitting successfully. On the other hand, a wired intercom system requires costly installation, and once it is in place, you cannot move it without paying to have its components uninstalled and reinstalled. The installation process also takes time.
Audio Only Versus Video Intercom System
Although it may seem at first glance that a Video intercom system will be the best solution for your business, you should note the pros and cons of both an audio only and video intercom system before making a decision.
An audio only intercom system
The biggest benefit of an audio only intercom system is cost. They are much less expensive to own and install than video intercom systems. Due to the fact that they are only limited to audio, this greatly reduces the flexibility of your intercom communication system.
A video intercom system
The biggest benefit of a video intercom system is obvious: it provides video feedback that allows for more precise communication to take place. For instance, if you are requesting an update to a spreadsheet by an employee and are having a difficult time verbalizing which one, you can show him or her on the video screen. With most video intercoms, you can also turn the video feedback functionality on or off in the name of efficiency or security. Since they include more equipment and more expensive technology, video intercom communication systems do cost much more than audio only systems to own and install.
Servers are more or less the beating heart of most businesses that have and rely on them. Therefore, they need to be taken care of. This doesn’t just mean the IT guys coming in and dusting them off and making sure they are properly maintained from an internal standpoint—it also means physically keeping them in order so that they are easy to move around without wires or plus being pulled out of them. The better organized they are, the easier it will be for changes, alterations or fixes to be made when necessary. Below are some tips on how to keep those server racks organized this year to make your business, and it’s beating heart, more healthy and efficient.
MAKE SURE SERVER RACKS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE
Servers are being built with more and more hardware these days, making them heavier and heavier. As different components are added to servers over the years, this can physically weigh down on the racks themselves and cause them to bow or even break, which can be disastrous. Make sure the racks for the servers are in good shape and can easily slide in and out of the cabinet they are being stored in; or if the shelves don’t slide, that they aren’t about to break. It is much cheaper to replace the cabinets or racks these servers sit upon, then risk the cost of what would happen if an old shelf broke and caused the valuable hardware to crash down.
CLEARLY LABEL CORDS
Making sure all the cords and wires which connect the servers are clearly labeled is a critical part of the organizational process and will make everything much easier in the future, when servers must be repaired, altered or modified. This can be done through color coating and choosing specific colored cables per server so they are very easy to pick out and separate from the others; it can also be done with literal labels that are wrapped around the server cords in different places with different numbers on them. Taking the time to do this will pay off in the long run.
When it comes to mounting servers, you’ve got several options. Two of the most common options are either an open frame rack or a closed cabinet (also commonly referred to as rack cabinets), but deciding which type to use can be cumbersome.
While there’s no true right or wrong decision when it comes to closed vs. open frame racks, each type does have its share of pros and cons. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of each variety:
Open Frame Rack
Everyone has heard the saying: it’s the little things that make the biggest impact. This holds true especially when designing a data center. There are many important aspects to consider—from power and cooling requirements, to servers and hardware. Good cable pathway designers know that multiple products must work together to ensure a successful pathway from point A to point B. Let’s talk about a few of the key elements.
Pathways allow the placement of data center trunk cables and cross-connect cables between racks and cabinets. Both overhead and under floor pathways should be designed to support the weight of cables in the initial installation and it should also facilitate the addition of future cables. Planning for 90-degree bends, waterfall dropouts and other vertical support methods should be incorporated in the initial design and will allow routing of cable without damage. Pathway products come in a number of different styles:
Design and Installation
Considerations for Cable Support Products
In order to support existing infrastructure, and plan for future growth, there are a number of key considerations that should be made throughout the design process and installation. Some important things to keep in mind include:
Design and Installation of Horizontal and Vertical Wire Managers
Now that we have considered everything we need to support our cabling above and below the equipment racks and cabinets, we need to consider our cabling pathways in and around the cabinet and or rack.
Outside diameter is the key to reducing cable fill in your cable tray and your cable management. Let’s look at the options available.
Cable management in the racks is as important as in the pathways. Waterfalls from the overhead cable supports into the vertical wire managers provide necessary strain relief. Spools that can be attached in the vertical wire manager help maintain bend radius for both copper and fiber cable. Also, Velcro cable supports are reusable and a safe way to secure the cable without damaging it.
There are many things that need to be considered when it comes to cables and pathways in a data center. One thing is for sure: data centers will continue to grow as technology continues to advance the way we live.
When considering a projector in a conference room design, there are many things to consider. Here in this article, we try to narrow it down to the top few items you should consider.
Ideal Screen Size –
Ceiling height, wall width and distance of furthest seat are the three most important dimensions in determining the ideal screen size for your room. Regardless of the size screen you might want, you are going to be limited by these measurements. For example, if you have an 8 foot ceiling and you are mounting the screen in the ceiling, you have a maximum clearance of 8' for screen height. The height of a typical conference table is 30". So using this 8' wall and 30" table, as an example, you would have a maximum screen height size of 8' (or 96") less the 30" of the table, thus leaving you with 66" to work with. We prefer to use a bottom screen height of 36"-40" in order to provide additional clearance above the conference room table. In this example that gives you a maximum usable screen height of 56"-60". To carry this example further, if you are using a 16:10 format wide-screen, with a screen height of 56", then your width would be 89.6". In some cases you may have plenty of height but only so much room on the width of a wall. In that case just reverse this process, starting with the width.
Distance of furthest seat is where a lot of people make an important mistake. Conference rooms are built so that "multiple" people can participate in a discussion while viewing the "same" material. If a person at the end of a table or in a back row can't see, or read what is on the screen then the purpose of the room has been compromised. Many clients think that they can substitute a flat panel for a projector. In a small room you often can. However there is no way you are going to see small numbers on an Excel spreadsheet, even on a 60" flat panel at over 10 feet away. It's unfortunate but many clients don’t follow our advice and end up learning this lesson the hard way. As in any profession, you want to make sure that you use the right tool for right the job. In many cases a flat panel will work well in a small room. It just doesn't work well in a large room or with a long conference table.
After you have determined your ballpark screen size you will need to dial it in further based on the screen format you plan to use. Will you use Wide-screen (16:10,16:9) or Standard (4:3)? The 4:3 format isn't much of a factor any longer as almost all new AV Installations are going to use wide-screens. To determine is the best format widescreen size for you, decide what the room will be primarily used for. Will it be for presenting data (spreadsheets, power point, video conferencing) or, for watching motion video? We personally prefer a 16:10 format for business when used to present data from a computer. The 16:10 format allows two document pages to be viewed in Word, full sized and side by side. Recently many of the new laptops have gone to a 16:9 format because it matches the consumer HDTV format for television. Most modern projectors can usually handle either format but we prefer to keep everything with native resolutions when possible. For a business environment we usually spec and prefer 16:10 screens and projectors.
How bright is the room? This is going to be another important consideration. A typical current projector will put out around 3500 ANSI lumens of light. That number is good for a small general use meeting room and depending on how many windows you have, may even allow you to leave some lights on during the presentation. However, for bigger meeting rooms with 12 or more people we would recommend a projector with over 4000 lumens. If you have room in the budget and have a large meeting room you should absolutely be over 4500 and preferably 5000+ lumens. Use caution when comparing specifications on projectors. The specs are not necessarily 100% accurate. Two projectors with the same specs will not necessarily give you the same results. That's where a trusted AV vendor's input can be very helpful. We have often observed this with our own eyes. On paper numbers do not always equate with on the job performance or appearance of two products.
We hope that helps give you a better understanding of what to consider before you upgrade your meeting rooms. There are of course other things to consider but this will get you started and we'll revisit another day for more details. Now you are armed with information on the main things to consider when you are thinking about a purchase for your organization.
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With a little planning and a few best practices, you can avoid the problems and maintenance headaches that come with improper cabling.
Your data center is the heart that pumps the lifeblood of your business. Without it, everything stops. And when it has problems, so does your business. Myriad issues can plague a data center. And although most people don't realize it, improper cabling can be one of those issues. But with some easy planning and work up front, you can maximize the efficiency and reliability of your data center cabling.
I have put together 10 tips to help you get the most out of your data center's cabling. With these tips, you'll have a more reliable data center and your staff will have a much easier time maintaining it.
1: Measure twice, cut once
It's an old adage, but an important one. Not only do you create a tangled mess if you don't carefully measure your cables, you also create a lot of expensive waste. You may think that two feet of wasted cable doesn't amount to much, but those wasted feet add up. In the end, you could save yourself a lot of time, headaches, and money by measuring twice and cutting once.
2: Label, label, label
If you don't label your cables, you're only making more work for yourself. Every cable should have a label on both ends, even short runs and patch cables. Why? Imagine you have to test a bunch of circuits — quickly. You scramble and unplug a few patch cables and, when it's time to reset them back to their default locations, you have no idea where each cable goes. Avoid this problem by taking a little time to slap a label on each end. Make sure your labeling system is consistent. Don't just go ad hoc with this or you'll confuse yourself and those who work for you.
3: Don't skimp on terminations
Don't buy cheap because they're cheap and don't rush through the process of terminating cables. If you have cables that lose their connection if you wiggle them, you need to redo them. If you can't terminate cables in your sleep, you need to practice. You may think you're saving time and money. But in the end, you're going to wind up with a monstrous headache as you troubleshoot all those terminations.
4: Don't skip the test
After you create a cable, test it! And don't accept "Star Pass" tests (a test that barely passes). If a test doesn't pass 100%, redo that cable. If, after a few tries at termination, the cable still doesn't pass, trash it. And make sure you're using a quality tester for your cables (and that you know precisely how to use it). This simple step can prevent a lot of extra work in the end.
5: Keep patch cables short
You have servers in a rack that are within a foot of each other. Don't slap three-foot patch cables on those servers — it not only looks bad, it's incredibly inefficient. And if you have an odd length between servers, use your termination (and testing) skills to create patch cables that reach perfectly. With that extra length on your cables, you invite tangles, kinks, and confusion.
6: Color code
This may sound a bit over the top, but stick with a single color for your patch cables and cable runs. The only time you should break that rule is when using a specific color cable for a specific purpose. But don't use colors randomly. Make sure each color has a purpose and stay with it. That will make it easier to follow cable runs and troubleshoot issues. And yes, it also makes for a better-looking data center — which has its merits.
7: Up size your conduit
Don't buy conduit sized for what you need NOW. Buy conduit sized for what you will need in the future. You never know when you'll be adding on, and you'll want to be able to make use of already-run conduit. You can't do that if you purchased a size that just barely fits your needs at planning time. Go big or go home.
8: Make your design cable-friendly
When you lay out your data center plans, do so in a cable-friendly way. Don't put a rack in a location where it's impossible to successfully run cable. Otherwise, you'll wind up with cable on the floor or hanging from the ceiling. Plan carefully to avoid later disaster. Also make sure to plan with expansion in mind. Run extra conduit, extra drops — more than you think you'll need.
9: Separate Cat5 and power lines
Do not run Cat5 and power together. You might think it's too minimal to be of concern, but those power lines can leach signal and cause interference with your Cat5. Yes, bunching a lot of Cat5 together can do the same thing, but not with nearly the ill effect of running them alongside power. Keep power and networking separate at all costs.
10: Keep cables cool
You may think only the servers need to be cool — but that would be a poor assumption. Cable can get warm as well, and if you have a massive amount of cable, that extra temperature can lead to disaster. Design your data center in such a way as to keep your networking runs cooled, as well as the server racks.
Cabling is often an afterthought. But when you treat it as such, you are running the risk that you'll find yourself elbow deep in a spaghetti bowl of networking cables, attempting to resolve issues that could have been prevented with just a bit of care up front.
Cat5e and Cat6 cables (also known as Category 5e and Category 6) are standardized cables used for the Ethernet. Each standard is backwards compatible with older Ethernet cabling technology. Cat6 represents the most advanced Ethernet cable to date. Read on to learn more about Cat5e vs. Cat6.
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What is the Main Differences Between Cat5e and Cat6?
The primary difference between Cat5e and Cat6 cables is transmission performance, and by extension the total bandwidth available on the cable. Cat5e is limited to 100 MHz speed while Cat6 can go up to 250 MHz.
In practical terms, this means that a Cat5e cable is only capable of adhering to the 1000BASE-T/TX standard while Cat6 can adhere to the much faster 10GBASE-T (10-Gigabit Ethernet). Cat6 is capable of 10x the speeds of Cat5e. Physical improvements in the hardware of the cable make this possible. A Cat6 network is fully backwards compatible with Cat5e devices.
Isn’t Gigabit Ethernet with Cat5e Fast Enough?
Will Cat6 Fully Replace Cat5e?
Analysts predict that Cat6 will replace Cat5e when it comes to new cable installations. Already 90% of all new cable installations are using the Cat6 standard. Cat6 is backwards compatible with Cat5e and Cat3 standards, so it will not cause any compatibility issues.
Should My Business Install Cat6?
It is always better to install the best available cabling. It can become very difficult to replace cabling inside walls, floors and ceilings once it has been installed. Installing Cat6 will future proof your business for years to come. If your business currently has Cat5e then you can wait a few years before upgrading, as Cat6 will not be absolutely mandatory until then. If you business is running is running an older cable tech prior to Cat5, then you should consider upgrading immediately.
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Sound masking systems are a common part of today’s interiors, from their original use in commercial offices and call centers, to relatively newer applications such as hospital patient rooms.Without this technology, the ambient – or background – sound levels in these facilities are usually too low, leaving occupants trying to work in a pin-drop environment. In fact, the background level in most offices is so low, you can easily hear conversations and noise from up to 50 feet (15 meters) away. These distractions make it difficult to concentrate. It takes more effort to focus, which tires you out, affecting your mood and, ultimately, your productivity
What is sound masking?
Sound masking is the addition of a familiar sounding, air conditioning-like background sound to an environment. We can use either white or pink noise to mask human speech and diminish the distraction of other sounds. There are many benefits of sound masking, and anyone can use it. Whether you work for the government, a hospital, a law firm, or even an office building, sound masking is something you need to create speech privacy, to make an environment more comfortable, and to help make workers more productive. The addition of sound masking will make your operations run more smoothly and is highly recommended for nearly every work environment.
Who Needs sound Masking?
Office Privacy for Open and Closed Offices
Public Spaces such as reception areas, waiting rooms, banks and hallways
Hospitals – exam rooms, admitting, patient rooms and treatment areas
Financial facilities – banks & mortgage companies
Legal offices for GLBA (Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act) compliance
HIPPA compliance for medical offices
Reasons for sound masking
Open office layout with executives and employees in the same room
Reduced workplace stress levels
Productivity increases up to 20% when conversational distraction is reduced
How we can help
Depending on your unique situation we can determine which solution will best suit your specific needs. There are many factors which can determine which solution is best for you including what type of company/organization you are, the frequencies of male and female voices, and their loudness (or decibel level) at normal speaking levels. The ambient noise in the space as well as the acoustical values of the building’s interior construction and furnishings also play a part in what type of system is right for you. We will factor in all the equations and come up with a sound masking solution that best suits your company/organization.
To speak to one of our representatives about sound masking for your business or any of our other capabilities contact us at 716-839-5011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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