FAQs

Cabling

Why Use Structured Cabling?

Structured cabling is the design and installation of cabling systems that will support multiple hardware systems and be suitable for today’s needs and those of the future. With a correctly installed cabling your requirements of today and of tomorrow will be ready for and whatever hardware you choose to add.

What do I need to consider in terms of structured data cabling to future proof my business for the next 5/10 years?

The major decision is where your office will be based in the future and what requirements you have for your systems. Cat5e is suitable for Gigabit data and therefore suitable to most offices. However with Large files, Audio Visual distribution and CCTV innovations a Cat6 or Cat6a with future proof your offices for a longer period

Can I use CAT 5 Cable in Power over Ethernet applications?

Cat5e and Cat6 can both effectively run Power over Ethernet (POE) applications. However due to power loss there is better performance and power efficiently with Cat6a cabling running POE devices.

Why Use Structured Cabling?

Why Use Structured Cabling? Answer: Consistency - A structured cabling system can use the same cabling system for everything. Do you really want to figure out how to install and troubleshoot all of your network cabling?

Long life- Structured cabling is an investment that will last for the long term.

Support for multi-vendor equipment - A standards-based structured cabling system will support your applications and hardware even after you change or mix & match vendors. With the proper structured cabling system you will not have to rework the cabling when you upgrade to another vendor or model.

Simplify moves/adds/changes - Need to move a computer or TV from one room to another. Add a modem connection to the office. Add a two-line phone, DSL, AND fax to the office. Share files or printers between computers.

Simplify troubleshooting - Even cables that were installed correctly can fail -- and they do. With a structured wiring system, problems are less likely to down the entire network, easier to isolate, and easier to fix.

Support for future applications - Your structured cabling system will support future applications like multimedia, video conferencing, and who knows what else, with little or no upgrade pain.

Why Use Structured Cabling?

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VoIP

What is VoIP?

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) use digital technology to send voice signals over your cabling infrastructure. Voice is converted to a data transmission and converted back to a voice signal at the users end

VOIP – can I use VOIP over my existing network?

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) use digital technology to send voice signals over your cabling infrastructure. Voice is converted to a data transmission and converted back to a voice signal at the users end

Why Should I Choose a VoIP Phone System?

The two primary reasons businesses choose VoIP phone systems are lower costs and better features. Businesses can easily save 50% with VoIP phone systems compared to traditional phone systems. The best VoIP phone systems include phone features that were unavailable or unaffordable with traditional phone systems, all at no extra cost. You'll get terrific features like auto-attendant, hold music, call routing, hunt groups, and easy conferencing. A great VoIP system offers a quick return on investment, and you'll enjoy using it right from the start. VoIP has revolutionized the way we can do business. You can now be sitting at an airport and be connected to your telephone system via smartphone as if you were sitting at your desk. This can be a great asset to any business; you are no longer tethered to your desk by a cord.

What Are the Bandwidth Requirements for VoIP Phone Systems?

We recommend a 50 mbps download, and a 5 mbps upload speed. If you’re unsure of your current bandwidth will work for our VoIP phone systems we can do a network test. Our test will confirm if the speeds are adequate for your needs. Sufficient bandwidth ensures that VoIP call quality equals or exceeds the quality of calls on traditional phone lines.

What are VoIP’s conferencing capabilities?

VoIP conferencing allows for the creation of virtual meeting spaces. Using VoIP conferencing allows interstate offices to hold a conference call without the long distance cost.

If the internet connection is down, what happens to incoming calls?

We can provide a solution that will automatically default to your PSTN (Public Switch Telephone Network) lines; other numbers will default to your voicemail or mobile phone.

Security Cameras

What Types of Security Cameras Are There?

There are numerous security cameras available, each one with different features and benefits. Depending on your location and needs, you may find yourself wanting a specific model. Features to consider include indoor, outdoor, night vision, pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities

Motion Detection Cameras

These cameras typically don’t record 24/7 so they save you a lot of video storage space. They sense movement and only record at times where activity is taking place. These cameras typically alert you of any activity. Some of these cameras can follow the object through the room if it stays within range.

As for the range of motion you can expect, this can vary.

  • First thing, is the field of view of the lens. The Field of View (FOV) produced by a camera is the area that the camera can see . Cameras with a larger size lens, produce the more narrow Field of View, and the shorter viewing distance. Cameras with a smaller size lens, also known as a wide-angle lens, produce a wider Field of View and longer viewing distance.
  • Secondly, is the amount of panning, tilting and zooming the camera allows. Again, this is something you’ll have to look into for the camera you are interested in. However, for the most part, pan/tilt/zoom cameras allow you to see a large amount of a room (if not the entire room).

Can Video Footage Help Me When Prosecuting?

Yes! Anyone with security camera footage of a crime being committed is responsible for giving it to law enforcement. This can help apprehend the criminal and by not turning the footage over, you could be obstructing justice. This includes indoor and outdoor security camera footage owned by businesses or individuals including ATM cameras.

How Is my Security Footage Stored?

There are four ways your security footage can be stored. These methods can vary depending on the type of camera you own.

  • DVR
  • The Cloud
  • Memory cards
  • VCR
  • Directly to computer

What are "IP-ready” surveillance cameras?

These are wireless surveillance cameras that contain web server applications allowing you to access them from remote smartphones, laptops or computers. Depending on the amount of activity captured by an IP-ready surveillance camera (a busy shopping mall vs. an empty room), bandwidth demands will be affected and require a proactive approach.

What is an analog surveillance camera?

Analog systems use a wired transmitter or wired configuration to send images to a receiver. Typically, operating an analog surveillance camera requires running a wire between the camera and the monitor, along with a coaxial cable to send data. Although analog surveillance systems are cheaper than digital surveillance systems, they are much less convenient because they are distance-limited and cannot be accessed remotely.

What are the advantages for a business to use surveillance cameras?

Security cameras can protect employees from criminals, quickly end employee/customer or employee/employee disputes, discourage criminal activity with their visibility and help deter employee theft/pilfering. Surveillance cameras may also increase employee productivity by discouraging unnecessary downtime.

Wireless Access Points

What is an access point?

An access point connects wired and wireless networks together and enables the sending and receiving of data between wireless clients and the wired network. Using multiple access points increases total system capacity and range. Users can "roam" between access points without losing their connection similar to the way a cellular phone can roam between cellular phone towers.

Wireless Networking FAQ: How Far Does the Signal Reach?

A wireless router or access point's signal typically extends up to approximately 300 feet.

Wireless Networking FAQ: Who Uses WLANs?

WLANs are frequently offered in public places such as cafes, hotels, and airport lounges. In addition, many businesses have wireless networks throughout their office buildings or campuses for employee and guest use.

Wireless Networking FAQ: How Can I Secure a WLAN?

There are many ways to secure your WLAN, including:

  • Data encryption, which only gives authorized users access to information over your wireless network
  • User authentication, which identifies computers trying to access the network
  • Secure access for visitors and guests
  • Control systems, which protect the laptops and other devices that use the network.

What are the Benefits of a Wireless Local Area Network?

You don't have to string cables, as you do with wired networks. Installation can be quick and cost-effective.

How Much Does a Wireless Network Cost?

Every business and their needs are different, contact us for a free consultation and estimate.