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Should You Make the Jump from Cat-5e to Cat-6?

By Hbintegration | November 7, 2017

That’s the most common question I’m asked when I help integrator’s with their network issues. I’ve never thought about it before, but that’s because I’ve been running Cat-6 cables for several years now without ever looking back—I’ve even installed a few Cat-6a connections for large corporations.

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Cat-6 and Cat-6a vs. Fiber

By Hbintegration | November 7, 2017

Fiber cables are always recommended over copper, due to the fact they stand the test of time. Fiber is typically what is used for new infrastructure nowadays, but there are some instances where I would personally choose Cat-6/Cat-6a over it.

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The Imperfect Science of Network Speed Testing

By Hbintegration | November 7, 2017

There is no perfect way to test the speed of a network, but the most tried and true has been speedtest.net by Ookla and speedof.me which does HTML5 speed tests. To understand why enterprise networks would make this test better you need to understand what is going on within the speed test.

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VLANs – Breakdown

By Hbintegration | November 7, 2017

Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) are used to take one large network and divide it into smaller networks. Each of these smaller networks are referred to as a VLAN. As a network grows it can get to a point where you simply have too many devices all communicating on a single network which can cause network issues. This can be especially true if you have devices that communicate frequently using broadcast or multicast messages.

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VLANs: What They Do and Why They Matter

By Hbintegration | November 7, 2017

In a nutshell, a VLAN is a logically separate IP sub-network that allows multiple IP networks and sub-networks to exist on the same-switch network. It is also a logical broadcast domain that can span multiple physical LAN segments. It is a modern way for administrators to configure switches to improve network performance by separating large broadcast domains into smaller ones.

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