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Staying Connected: Keeping your Business Running While Waiting for Your Internet Connection

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Staying Connected: Keeping your Business Running While Waiting for Your Internet Connection

The ways businesses connect with customers, other firms and government is changing. Customers now expect to be able to deal with companies they do business with online, suppliers often have electronic ordering systems, and some government departments now require reporting to be done through online portals. It’s no surprise, therefore, that in 2014, nearly 95% of Australian businesses had access to the internet. Unfortunately, a new internet connection can take some time to install; wait times for standard ADSL connections are about 10 working days, and for connections to the National Broadband Network (NBN), up to four weeks. For many businesses, going without internet for this amount of time is not an option. Here are some tips on ways to stay connected while you are waiting for your internet to be installed. Dial-up While the nation’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra, retired its dial-up services in 2015, a number of internet service providers still offer a dial-up option. Years ago, a complimentary dial-up connection was frequently offered as a gesture of goodwill to those customers facing a long wait for ADSL provision, but generally, businesses now need to ask for this instead of being offered by default.  Dial-up is an inexpensive option for maintaining a basic internet connection while waiting for faster speeds to arrive, but be warned that despite advancements in technology, dial-up speeds are still capped at 56kbps. That’s nearly 27 times slower than a basic ADSL connection, so be prepared for a long wait. Cellular tethering ‘Tethering’ is sharing your smartphone’s internet connection to other devices by Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. One advantage of tethering is that it requires no further hardware to set up—simply connect your smartphone to the computer through which you wish to access the internet, and browse away. If your smartphone is 4G-enabled, speeds should be roughly similar to a residential ADSL connection. A downside of this option is that phone data can be very expensive, so if you have many computers to connect, this may not be a viable choice. Wireless broadband Wireless broadband, which also operates using the mobile phone network, is a cheaper option than tethering for businesses with several computers. Generally, depending on the internet service provider you choose, you will receive a mobile broadband device that enables the internet connection to be shared across several other devices through USB or Wi-Fi. Again, speeds should be roughly similar to a residential ADSL connection. While this option is cheaper than purchasing additional data on your mobile phone plan for tethering use, be aware that many internet service providers will only offer this service on a 24-month contract. Look out for ‘no lock-in contract’ offers when comparing providers to ensure you do not have to pay a contract termination fee when your wired connection is ready to go. Although waiting weeks for a new internet connection for your business can be frustrating, there are a number of options for staying connected during this period. While speeds generally increase for businesses willing to pay more, a temporary connection doesn’t have to break the budget, as even basic dial-up speeds are suitable for firms with minimal internet...

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Commercial Data Centre: Organising the Cabling Network

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Commercial Data Centre: Organising the Cabling Network

When building or upgrading your commercial data centre, there are different factors that you must evaluate to ensure that maximum efficiency will be achieved. One of the critical considerations is the organisation of the pertinent room. In simple terms, the data centre will consists of numerous components such as servers, end devices, network switches and the data cabling. If these are not managed properly in the physical space, you will experience difficulties when troubleshooting and performing repairs and maintenance tasks. Moreover, disorganised data centres are more prone to overheating because the components do not allow optimal air circulation. Here are simple tips to help organise your cabling network. Manage Cable Lengths One of the main problems experienced in a data centre is tangled cables around the space. This issue will make the data conduits more vulnerable to damage and you will have difficulties when attempting to replace and repair a specific cable. You can prevent the tangling problems by ensuring that the length of the cables is not too long. Ideally, the conduit should connect two pertinent points and have slack but not enough to form a coil or kink on the floor or cable trays. On the other hand, you should remember that if the cable is too short, it might become accidentally disconnected. Colour Coding and Labelling Data cables are available in the market in diverse colours, and these can help you organise your data centre. In simple terms, you should choose specific colours for particular applications when installing the network components. The colour codes are essential in troubleshooting problems in your cabling because you will have fewer conduits to check, depending on the issues in the network. For example, you can blue cables for the LAN and grey for phone connections for easy identification in the centre. Additionally, you should consider using labels on the specific cables. For example, the blue cables used for the LAN will service the entire business, so you can label the main conduits according to the location and end-point device. Choose Ideal Cable Trays If your data centre must have suspended cables, you should ensure that there are good cable trays for support. The right cabling surface should be wide and mounted to strong anchors. Ideally, the mounting points can be attached to the ceiling or you can install a freestanding rack. The latter is more stable but will occupy more space. Therefore, the ceiling-mounted alternative is more suited for smaller rooms. Do not overload this design because the misuse will pose a falling hazard. For more information on data cabling, talk to a...

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5 Reasons Your Computer Might Be Crashing

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Reasons Your Computer Might Be Crashing

Most of the time, crashes are only a minor inconvenience, but when they happen regularly, it’s a signal that something is likely to be wrong. Below are five of the major causes of PC crashes and what can be done about them. 1. Viruses & Malware From the early days of the internet, this has been a huge problem for computer users. The moment that your computer starts acting strangely, this should be a prompt to run a scan—they are simple to do and can be done in the background while other programs are being used. There is a lot of free and paid software available, and it’s a good idea to have both an anti-virus and an anti-malware program on your PC. A common myth is that paid programs are better than free ones, when actually there are free options available that can keep a homer computer as protected and safe as it needs to be. 2. Corrupted Hard Drive When something happens to the drive where all of your programs and files are stored, as well as the operating system itself, this obviously is bad news for the user. This is most likely to be the case if you notice that accessing certain files triggers the crash, or if your computer freezes or slows and you need to hit the power button to restart and get it going again. Clicking, popping and scraping you wouldn’t normally hear are a signal that this may be the source of the problem. 3. Overheating Graphics Card or CPU This is unlikely to be the case if you only use your computer for ordinary, day-to-day tasks like accessing your emails and the internet, but those who play games or render video may notice that crashes happen during this kind of resource-hungry activity, which suggests that overheating may be the cause. One telling signal is that the crashes are always accompanied by a very loud whirring, which is the sound of your fan(s) speeding up to try to cool the hardware down. You may need a better graphics card or CPU to handle your requirements, or alternatively, you can try to cool your computer down with upgrades such as a better fan, water cooling, or new thermal paste. Computer repair stores can do this for you. 4. Dust Most people don’t pay attention to what’s happening inside of their computers, but inside the case, dust is accumulating all the time. If you haven’t had a look inside your tower, it pays to crack it open and see if there’s dust inside. If there is, you can purchase some canned air and spray it out. Dust jams the fans and seriously impacts the performance of the hardware, so this could prove to be an easy fix to a major problem. 5. Bad Drivers This is less likely to be the cause now that modern operating systems keep track of drivers and automatically update them, but nonetheless, it pays to check before putting down any money on physical replacements or repairs. Check the details of your computer and use a search engine to find the drivers for your model of PC; manufacturers often have them available for download on their websites. If you have a customized machine, you will likely need to search individually...

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Understanding Building Management Systems

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Building Management Systems

For large buildings and industrial facilities, managing various devices located in different locations may prove difficult. This results in wastage and misuse of various facilities and, consequently, higher energy costs. Fortunately, an automated way of managing building facilities presents itself thanks to building system controls. What is building system automation? Building system automation is the interlinking or networking of various building facilities and managing them from a central control unit. This means that a networked interface is created that communicates with all the connected devices and manages their functioning. The common term for building automation is building system control. Professionals in building system controls can automate almost every type and size of building. New buildings can easily be automated in the construction and fitting stage. Older buildings can also be automated, and most people do this during renovations. What is controlled? Building automation mainly involves the control of a building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The HVAC system and its related machinery are all incorporated in the control system. The system can, therefore, raise temperatures in one room or lower them in another depending on usage and occupants’ needs. Automation can also include the lighting system, elevators and escalators, fire alarm system, keypad access, power and water monitoring. Ideally, the aim of the system is to have all independent systems regulated and monitored from one central location. Earlier systems were manufacturer specific. This meant you could only have specific devices specified by manufacturers on the system. Today’s systems are versatile and can include devices from varying manufacturers. What is the advantage of building automation? There are many advantages of having your building automated. Building system controls can help save energy in the building. Unused facilities will be automatically shut down and turned on only when needed. This means no lights accidentally left on or running water taps that are not being used. Building automation can also help in providing useful energy consumption data. With this data, you can make crucial decisions regarding various facilities for the purpose of saving energy costs. Automation is also important for maintenance and ensuring proper functioning of various facilities. Broken-down units will be identified immediately and fixed, saving the devices from further damage. In large installations, this is a crucial advantage because it is not always easy to know which devices are functioning efficiently quickly. Who will run the system? Once your building system controls have been installed, you have two options for how to run the system. Some companies offer maintenance and running of the systems by their provided professionals. This means you will have to get into a subscription-like arrangement with them. The other option is to have your installers train your in-house staff on how to use the system. The company then simply does routine servicing of the system....

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How to Secure Your Sliding Glass Door

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Secure Your Sliding Glass Door

A sliding glass door is a wonderful addition to any house because it allows significant amounts of light to penetrate a living space and absolutely improve the décor. Sadly, sliding glass doors pose as a weakest point in regards to the home’s security and have become the primary targets for most burglars. If you are planning to set up a sliding security door or have already installed one, it is imperative to be aware of the security weak points concerned and how to rectify them. Vulnerabilities associated with sliding glass doors The lock It is undoubtedly the weakest spot on the sliding door. Many siding doors feature a single locking mechanism, which is rather simple to defeat. An intruder simply needs to pry the locking mechanism open or hack it by means of a hacksaw. The brackets The brackets serve to hold the fixed panel in position. Bolts on the brackets can be simply unfastened from the outside, allowing entry to an intruder. The glass door Intruders are courageous enough to smash right through the glass itself. Further to that, burglars may also lift the whole door out of its path using basic tools. Making secure your sliding glass door In terms of securing your sliding door, follow the three-pronged strategy recommended by experts, which includes dissuade, detect and delay. To dissuade or deter means to put off the intruder from even trying to break in. To detect entails the use of cameras and sensors to discover a break-in, and delaying means giving the intruder a hard time gaining entry into your home. On the basis of these 3 strategies, the following are ways through which you can fortify your sliding security door. Additional locks You are aware of the greater risk facing the single locking mechanism characteristic of the sliding glass door. You can add other better locking mechanisms to complement the normal lock. The best lock devices to set up are those that lock the sliding door to the wooden or metal frame. Consequently, they protect the door from shifting vertically or horizontally once it’s closed. Safety bar A safety bar stops an intruder from lifting the door off its track. Safety bars are very strong and can hold out high force levels. Simply purchase a safety bar from your local hardware store. Reinforced glass If your pocket permits, install a stronger glass on your sliding door. Consider using a glass embedded with wire or double paned glass for extra strength. Home surveillance systems Glass shatter sensors as well as motion sensors may add further layer of protection to your sliding security door and notify you anytime there’s a...

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How an Upgraded Whiteboard Can Make Meetings More Effective in the Office

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How an Upgraded Whiteboard Can Make Meetings More Effective in the Office

No doubt most companies have at least one whiteboard in a conference room or elsewhere in the office, and they may use it regularly for meetings and presentations. Whiteboards have seen many improvements and upgrades to their overall design in the past few years, and an upgraded whiteboard from companies like Vista Visuals Australia Pty Ltd can make those meetings and presentations more effective than ever before. A popular choice today is called an interactive whiteboard, which hooks up to your computer and interacts with you as the user and with special software meant for the board. Note a few features these boards offer and some tips for using them more effectively in the office. 1. Saving annotations You can project an image on an old, standard whiteboard and then write over that image, but your writing itself can’t be saved as a new image; it’s strictly drawn on the board itself. With an interactive whiteboard, you can write on the board and then save these annotations separately on your computer. Your notes can also be saved with the old image together for an entirely new image. This saves you the work of having to add those same notes or marks to the image in your computer itself; you won’t overlook or forget any annotations or additions to the image when you can save it right from the interactive whiteboard. 2. Network connections Because the whiteboard works with an internal computer program, you can connect other users over a network and, if they have the same interactive software, they can work with the board from their own computer. Your salesperson who is on the road can have the whiteboard program installed on his or her computer and when they dial into the meeting, they can make marks and notes on the whiteboard that everyone sees in front of them. Remote users then don’t need to miss out on the meeting or send in their notes before or after the meeting when they too can interact with the whiteboard from any location. 3. Hyperlinks An interactive whiteboard will show live hyperlinks, and since the board is communicating with your computer, you can open the hyperlinks right from the board as you would from your computer screen. This eliminates the need to have attendees in the meeting open up tabs or screens in order to check websites during a presentation. Online information can be seamlessly incorporated into a presentation on the board with this...

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