WiFi Network Basics

WiFi Network Basics

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WiFi is a funny thing, no cords, easy to connect, it’ll be easy, they said! However, if you’ve ever struggled with WiFi coverage issues, you know sometimes it’s not so easy. What Determines How Far A Signal Can Reach Building construction is likely the biggest determining factor affecting the coverage of your Wireless Access Points. WiFi really doesn’t like cinder blocks or metal, both are kryptonite to your WiFi signal. A good Access Point may cover 20,000 square feet in a wide open shell building or outdoors. Once you add …

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Part 1 of 9 - Network Security Principles

How To Secure Your SMB Network – Part 1 of 9 – Network Security Principles

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Welcome to How To Secure Your SMB Network! This is part 1 of a 9 part series that discusses our approach to Network Security and how we secure client networks. As you will see there are many facets that go into creating a secure network. Think of it as a puzzle with each piece playing an important role. The days of installing Norton Anti-Virus on your computer and thinking you are safe are over. Layered Approach to Network Security Our philosophy takes a layered approach to network security. No one …

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Verizon Wireless Unlimited Plan

5 Things You Need To Know About The New Verizon Unlimited Plan

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Unlimited data on the Verizon network is back, thanks to the Verizon Unlimited plan! Six years ago, in 2011, Verizon terminated unlimited data plans. Verizon’s (recently retired) CFO, Fran Shammo, once famously(infamously?) said, “At the end of the day, people don’t need unlimited plans.” Unfortunately(Fortunately?), the people disagreed as every other major carrier has been offering various incarnations of unlimited plans. Here are five things you need to know about the new Verizon Unlimited plan, including my actual pricing breakdown.  #1 – Auto Pay Discount First things first, the advertised …

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Banks Technology Services Featured On Panel Of Data Security Experts

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Banks Technology Services was recently featured on Digital Guardian’s panel of Data Security Experts. The panel discussed misconceptions around Endpoint Security. We’re honored to be part of this group and would like to thank Nate Lord and Digital Guardian for including us. Take a look at the article here: Data Security Experts Answer: What is the Biggest Misconception Companies Have About Endpoint Security & Protection Tools? About Digital Guardian: Digital Guardian, Inc. provides data security solutions to protect data from insider and outsider threats. It offers data loss prevention solution that automatically blocks …

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Windows 10 – Live Announcements

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What We Thought vs. We We Got Today’s 1PM EDT announcement has brought a few surprises and confirmed a few expectations. We’ll be updating this post throughout the Microsoft event. Name What We Thought: The next version of Windows would be named Windows 9. What We Got: Windows 10 Upgrade Cost What We Thought: It will be a free upgrade for for Windows 8 users. What We Got: Microsoft declined to discuss upgrade and pricing information during the Q&A session. Start Menu: What We Thought: The Start Menu will make …

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Windows 8.1 Recovery Options – Restore, Refresh, & Reset

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Recovery Options Windows 8.1 includes several Recovery Options which I believe are an improvement over Windows 7. You can access these Recovery Options by . If possible, before you attempt any of these Recovery Options, make sure that you have full backups of everything on your computer. I suggest starting with the Restore option first, as it is the least invasive option. If that doesn’t solve your issue, continue on to Refresh. If you’re still stuck, Reset may be your only choice. Let’s look at each of the Recovery Options …

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6 Ways Trello Will Make You Work Smarter

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What Is Trello? According to the fine folks at Trello, “Trello makes it easy to organize anything with anyone.” Trello is a web-based application that will make you more productive. It fits in somewhere between your to do list and full fledged project management software, and in many cases it can replace both. It keeps you on track, using your own system, and lets you track your results. The Basics Everything starts with your first Trello Board. A Trello Board contains all of your Lists, your Lists contain all of …

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How To Create A Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive

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What Is A Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive A Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive is a bootable USB flash drive that you can use to troubleshoot Windows 8.1. The built-in Create A Recovery Drive tool, makes this process quick and simple. You will need at least a 512MB USB Flash Drive, a larger drive is fine but 512MB is the minimum. Make sure you don’t have any files you need on the flash drive, when you create the Recovery Drive it will be formatted and everything on the flash drive will be deleted. The Windows …

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How To: Restore Windows 8.1 With A System Image

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Continuing our theme of backup and recovery options in Windows 8.1, today we’re going to show you how to restore your computer using a System Image. In order to restore from a System Image, you’ll first need to . You will also need to . We’ll use the Recovery Drive to boot your computer into Windows 8.1 Troubleshooting options. How To Boot To Windows 8.1 Troubleshooting Options First, you’ll need to plug in your Rescovery Drive into a USB port on your computer. If you used an external hard drive to create your System Image, …

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Create A System Image in Windows 8.1

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How To Create A System Image in Windows 8.1 Yes, a System Image backup is still available in Windows 8.1. Yes, Microsoft did hide it pretty well. With cloud storage becoming prevalent, Microsoft is moving (pushing?) users away from the conventional PC backup. Only a few years ago, everyone was encouraged to keep meticulous backups. In the event of a drive failure or a particularly insidious virus, unless you had good backups, your data was lost. Microsoft’s current idea is that users should be storing their documents, pictures, music, etc. …

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