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Speed analysis

Picture a long, straight, open road. You’re in your convertible and there’s no speed limit. You are racing along as fast as possible and you come upon a small town with no continuous roads, stop signs everywhere, and no obvious route through. Does your network traffic seem to slow down or stop? Eliminate the stops and upgrade with Tech Lab.

iStock_000017334347MediumWe eliminate bottlenecks quite a bit. They happen everywhere where one device needs to communicate with another device (like a PC/laptop connecting to a server, or a tablet connecting to a website or WIFI). Whether it’s over wireless or a wire, we analyze why something is slow then recommend changes in your setup to maximize flow. Sometimes this involves special software to record traffic patterns and look at charts and reports over time, and in other instances, we can look at your network and trace the problem in minutes.

WIFI Setup

Need Wireless access but also want it to be secure and not hard to remember? As long as it works, right? Have our technicians set up your WIFI access with the latest security and technology and still have passwords easy to remember. If you already have WIFI but it doesn’t quite reach where you need it, no sweat. We can either install a range extender or a WIFI extension to increase coverage in your home or office. Call us to schedule an evaluation and we’ll figure out what method will work best in your situation.

Router Installation and Configuration

Routers act as the gatekeeper between you and the rest of the world. An improperly configured device can open you up to attacks or on the flip side, completely block all communication when security is set so tight it’s like a noose. Configuring security in a router is as much an art as it is technical. Our staff is trained on “set it and forget it” technical methods so you aren’t continuously calling us to fix recurring problems over and over. We establish a stable foundation that your company can grow and rely upon. If you feel you keep re-addressing the same problems, perhaps it’s time to get a second opinion from one of our techs.

We have a variety of devices we support from basic home routers to layer 2 and layer 3 switches. We also support products with fail-over capability when you have multiple internet connections so if one goes down, your network remains online. Add to that firewall rules for custom routing and filtering, bandwidth monitoring, and simple security management and your network will remain online at all times.

Fiber

An alternative to Ethernet, fiber has some excellent uses. It can reduce the load on your existing network separating fiber traffic from ethernet traffic, it transmits information faster and farther than Ethernet in a single run, and it’s just cool – data is sent using a beam of light.

We recently re-configured a 12TB storage server for a video company. They wanted the extra space connected directly to their editing system. The problem was, the server already existed and was located at the other end of the building.

The solution was a fiber connection. This did two things for the customer, it freed up Ethernet traffic, video editing data was now separate of the rest of the office network, and the Fiber installation was a much faster connection than Ethernet so the performance and response was far superior. Huge files could be saved and edited very quickly.

Fiber might be a good choice if you’re frequently working with large amounts of data, whether it be a wedding photographer’s photos, a recording studio’s professional audio recordings, a production company’s video footage, or corporations with multiple servers that work together to deliver content to customers. Let us know if you are interested in adding fiber communication in your network.