Best Practice Networking
One of the most frequent problems we find in the wireless industry is poor link performance with the blame cast toward the hardware. Occasionally, this is out of the user's control, as the laws of physics dictate what is possible in each environment. However, there are various tools available at our disposal to ensure we make the most of the hardware. Here are 5 simple ways you can improve your Ubiquiti wireless links.
South Africa’s fibre footprint has several offerings at varying price points and service levels. Understanding how these solutions differ is highly beneficial when having to decide on the best solution for you or your customer’s specific requirement. There are predominately two different fibre technologies being deployed to satisfy local customer needs.
Fibre can be a complex task when just getting started as there are many different standards available in the market. This article intends to explain some of the fundamentals of cable and connectors to aid you with choosing the right components and solutions for your fibre deployments. Cable - The first decision you will need to make is your choice of cable. There are many different materials available to protect the sensitive fibre inside the sheath. Your choice will depend on whether you install indoors, outdoors, underground, aerial or underwater, each of these applications will require different types of cable composition.
Before setting up, mounting or configuring any wireless links, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself before going ahead with the installation. Am I doing a PTP (point to point) or PTMP (Point to multi-point) link? Do I have clear line of sight to the other end/s? What equipment do I need to use? Answering these questions will help you plan your links to get the most out of your deployments. PTP or PTMP? This may seem like a trivial question but it is quite important. Depending on your answer to this question, all of the other questions will follow suit and be adapted to work for the answer. Must I cover a large number of connections coming back to a single point, or will there be individual links consisting of just two devices per link? PTMP topologies will generally achieve less bandwidth due to shared access to the wireless network.
ESD is a build up of electrically charged particles that can wreak havoc with your devices if not adequately protected. Lightning storms are a prime example of ESD build up. Turbulence in storm clouds causes a build-up of electrical charges that ultimately result in a lightning strike. Even when there is no visible lightning, friction caused by small particles colliding with the device creates a static build up which eventually defuses onto the electronics. If powerful enough, this discharge can travel through the PCB of the device, out the Ethernet port and down the Ethernet cable to the devices below.
In the world of networking, it is still difficult to beat the stability and speed offered by a wired connection. Even if you have wireless links set up, you will still use copper cabling at some point of your physical network. With this post, we will shed some light on the different standards of cabling available, what they mean and give you some guidelines on how to choose the right cable for your installation.
With more and more companies and even home owners moving their telecommunications to VoIP, many would wonder, "How?", "What equipment do I use?" or "Does it fall within the budget constraints?". These questions can sometimes be tricky to answer. The planning of the network is crucial as these systems are not updated or replaced often.
What is PoE? Power over Ethernet, or PoE, is the process of sending power & data over twisted pair Ethernet cabling to simplify power requirements. Ethernet cabling consists of 4 twisted pairs. In a FE (10/100mbps) network only two of the four pairs will transmit data, the remaining two are reserved for power. In GE (1Gbps) networks all four pairs transmit data, while two of these pairs transmit power and data simultaneously.