The musings of an IT Consultant:

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April 30, 2011  10:04 PM

Hubs, seriously?



Posted by: Raj Perumal
gigabit, hubs, network, switch, upgrade

Hi folks! So in this day and age gigabit is considered pretty normal. Gigabit switches are cheap and 100 Mb switches are considered old news. So it's funny when people run across old environments with 10 Mb hubs kicking around. Now that's ancient! It's amazing to see that people will spend a ton...

October 31, 2010  8:01 PM

The importance of firmware updates



Posted by: Raj Perumal
bugs, exploits, firewall, firmware, network equipment, router, switch, updates

Hi folks, more often than not I see people deploying new network equipment or servers without firmware updates. What's up with that? As a good best practice it only makes sense to update the firmware on devices. These firmware updates usually patch lots of security holes and other bugs. People...


May 31, 2010  11:36 PM

Running longer network runs



Posted by: Raj Perumal
Catalyst, Cisco, fiber, switch

Hi folks! So here is a common issue. People trying to run longer network runs in their networks. What do you do when you have to go past 330 ft and ethernet isn't the answer? Well you use fiber of course! The question is what type of fiber? There are so many variants to choose from. Cisco has a...


July 31, 2009  8:52 PM

More Cisco gear for the SMB world!



Posted by: Raj Perumal
cheap, Cisco ESW 500, gigabit, POE, SMB, switch, switches, VoIP

Hello again folks! Cisco is once again bringing great product to the market place. This time hitting the SMB market with a new series of switches called the Cisco ESW 500 series. These switches are all manageable from GUI utilities without the need for CLI. They are also priced at a great price...


July 31, 2009  8:32 PM

Aggregating links on Cisco switches



Posted by: Raj Perumal
aggregated links, Catalyst, Cisco, etherchannel, HP, ProCurve, switch, switches

Hello again folks! So you've just recently got your purchase approved for a brand new set of switches and you want to find a way to increase your throughput. What do you do? You aggregate links of course! Aggregating links is a common thing done on high end switches such as Cisco or HP switches...


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