Posts made in May, 2016

Planning A Network And Transmission System Overhaul

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Blog, Technology | Comments Off on Planning A Network And Transmission System Overhaul

Shifting to a new generation of communications technology can be difficult. It’s a little more difficult than just hiring a new Internet Service Provider (ISP) for many businesses; new cabling, telephone pole additions, trenching, underground maintenance and antenna management can be a massive overtaking. As you look through all of the new technology options such as 4G, higher speeds of fiber Internet and satellite communications, take a look at the daily changes on the ground level and how you can build them into an easier upgrade in the future.

Dark Cabling For Upgrades And Extensions

When installing infrastructure for businesses, it’s standard practice to deliver a single cable per circuit and a backup set of cables. Although some basic installations only need a single cable per circuit, lower costs for cables makes it easier to just bring more.

Although some installers may charge extra, it’s actually a cost and time-saving practice in case cables melt or become frayed within a warranty period. The concept of dark cabling–or it’s more popular media term, dark fiber–involves bringing well more than two sets of cables. In regards to dark fiber, it simply means that there’s fiber optic cable that isn’t actively passing data, and data is passed in the form of light. No data means a dark cable.

A company can opt to omit dark cabling because it can increase costs, but think about possible upgrades. Fiber connections move at the speed of light, and until new technology is able to more efficiently move that light or process fiber-transferred data with a new standard, you’ll simply be adding either more cables to a single device for more speed or splitting the dark cable to go into other directions. The dark fiber can also be used for repairs.

Additional Service Poles And Trenching

Even if you’re not using fiber optic cable, it pays to have the infrastructure for quick upgrades. For cable installations and traditional landlines, don’t rely on a single service pole system. Although it can be costly to bring telecommunications infrastructure from a highway or suburban area to a rural business site or industrial park, the actual pole installation after the initial investment may not be an issue.

Service poles provide additional advantages even if they’re not activated. If your business utilizes radio frequency (RF) technology such as long range antennas to communicate or access points for business site wireless Internet, the service poles can provide additional mounting areas at a safe area beneath where future live wire could go.

Speak with a team of telecommunications consultants to discuss other surplus additions that could be useful in the future while bringing some present day benefits. To learn more, contact a company like Blue Stream Communications

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Things To Consider When Choosing A Package Delivery Service

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog, Technology | Comments Off on Things To Consider When Choosing A Package Delivery Service

If you’re trying to find a reliable package delivery service for your company to use, you might think that your best option is choosing a large, well-known company. However, large companies aren’t always the best option. Chances are, you can find several courier services in your area that offer the same type of services at competitive rates. In order to make sure you’re choosing the right delivery service for your business, it’s important to look into several different options and make sure the company that you choose excels at these things.

Package Tracking

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a courier service that can deliver packages locally or cross country, you need to have the ability to track the packages that you send just in case a problem occurs. Most companies have the ability to give you a tracking number, but in order to keep the process as simple as possible, you should make sure that you are able to track your package online. This way, you won’t have to call the company every time you need to monitor a shipment.

Ease of Doing Business

Before deciding on a package delivery service, you need to know what needs to be done to schedule packages for pick up. If you don’t ship a lot of packages, choosing a service that requires you to call every time you need a courier might not be a big deal. However, it could present a problem if you ship multiple packages on a regular basis. If you plan to do a lot of business with a courier service, you should try to find a company that either allows you to schedule pick ups online as needed or is willing to work using a pre-scheduled daily or weekly pick up time. Additionally, choosing a company that offers services, such as online invoicing or automatic payment deductions, can make the entire process easier on you.

Professional Appearance

When you hire a package delivery service, the appearance of the company’s couriers, trucks, cars, or bicycles reflects on your company. So, you need to make sure that you choose a package delivery service that requires their employees to maintain a professional appearance while they are working. While not completely necessary, it’s nice to hire a company that encourages employees to wear uniforms while on delivery because it ensures employees are presenting themselves professionally. Additionally, you should hire a company that provides employees with transportation. This way, you don’t have to worry about the appearance of a courier’s vehicle or bike.

Special Services

You might not need to use special services on a regular basis, but it’s nice to know that additional services are available when needed. This way, if you need to have an oversized package delivered or a package that has an awkward shape, you don’t need to hire another courier.

Choosing a regular courier service for your company isn’t something that can be decided on cost alone. Take the time to research both local and international companies to determine what company offers all of the services that you need at a reasonable rate.

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How To Reduce The Power Needs Of Your Computer

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blog, Technology | Comments Off on How To Reduce The Power Needs Of Your Computer

If you are running many different computers at the same time or one or two computers throughout the day, you want to make sure that you keep your energy bills under control. You also want to make sure that you don’t accidentally blow a fuse or fry your circuits. You have two different options when it comes to managing the power that your computer requires. You can do it manually or you can use power management software. Here are some tips if you decide to perform power management manually.

1. Set the Sleep Mode Settings

Your computer has multiple different power states that it can run in. If you are playing a video game that requires high-intensity graphics or are using most of your computer’s computing power to brute-force a password or some other large set of data computations, then you are going to be using your computer in a high energy state. If you are not using your computer while you run to get lunch, you can set the computer in a low power state. There are settings on your computer that will control how long your computer has to be inactive in order for it to enter a low energy state. By fiddling with these settings and having even a short period of inactivity lead to a low power state, you can reduce the amount of energy that your computer consumes during the course of a day.

2. Get Rid of Your Screen Saver

Old monitors used to require screen savers to keep the screen from freezing and having its pixels permanently stuck in a single position. Today’s monitors don’t have that risk. You can therefore get rid of your screensaver when you leave your computer idle. The screensaver burns power and is going to result in your computer using more energy than is practically necessary.

3. Turn Off Auxiliary Equipment

If you have external speakers that you are not using, turn them off. The same goes for your printer and any other auxiliary equipment that your computer connects to. This will allow you to make sure that you are avoiding draining power that you aren’t necessarily actively using.

4. Close Unused Applications Regularly

Most people are guilty of having multiple tabs open in a web browser and multiple applications open on a computer. You are using too much power by keeping all of these applications open, and you’re likely not using all of them. Resolve this by setting a timer every thirty minutes and closing all of your unused applications.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in power management, such as SHAVLIK.

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