Monday, February 21, 2011

What a difference a router can make.

Today, we installed a new Threat Management device for a customer.
As part of this we installed a new Router, the old one had started to drop the connection.

WOW - a massive speed boost. Knowing how far the customer was from the exchange I always wondered why they weren't getting a speed of around 18Mb. In fact they were getting between 9 - 10 Mb!

So the Threat Management Device was configured,and ready to be installed on their network, as was the router. Plugged everything in, and it seemed to take an age (it was probably only about 30 seconds) for the ADSL to get into Sync. But when it did, it connected up. Next up was to test it was all working and those processes allowed through, were getting through, then a quick speed check. and bang just under 20Mb download and a shade under 1Mb upload.

Later on we then needed to remote in to the servers, and what an amazing difference this makes, it was like working directly on the server.

So if you check on the BT website what speed you should be able to get, and you actual speed is different, then it may well be worth checking your router, and possibly changing it. doubling your speed just by changing your router!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Various happenings from this month

We've been doing a lot of Network Cabling Jobs, in the last few months, and with more coming up, I do wonder why? A few years ago we were all tempted away from the cable, and to fly free from our desks, we must all remember those ads from Intel ( I think they were at least). From great venue across the world!
Of course this has in the main been replaced with smart phones, and tablet computers. The non i-pad tablets are really developing at a pace now, there are some great designs and the usability is really great. I have also been pondering over the Nokia & Microsoft tie up. Both companies will want to gain traction over the rest of the phone market, although I'm still not sure how much a dent they will make, I am certain that they will be throwing money at this to capture the market. We should see some good deals on some very good phones!

Thinking of upgrading your computer to a nice new Windows 7 device, please check out what peripherals you will need to replace. I have been dealing with someone who replaced their laptop with a nice new Sony Viao, unfortunately thee ended up with a 64bit version of windows on it. And his scanner which is used, doesn't have either a driver nor any software which runs properly on the new computer. It is always worth running the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor at least then you can work out the true cost of the new computer.

I've been putting the finishing touches to our new SLA's, and along with this I have been building a menu for all our services. It's all due for release in just over a week.

Well that is about all that's been happening int he last few weeks.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Hard drives & Data

already into February, I wonder just where the days disappear to!

Thought it might be worth warning about Hard drives, and data backups.

! think that is happening a lot is people a keeping there computers going for as long as possible, personally I think there are 2 reasons for this, firstly they are more powerful than most people need them to be, secondly we are currently in austere times.

Most hard drives have a service life of around 5 years. The problem is that it is not a guarantee the drive will run to 5 years.

Which bring us back to the great subject of Data backup. I am a great fan of backing up on line. it is easy to do, and easy to test. Also your data is stored somewhere else, so if something bad does happen to the building you are in, your data will still be safe.

I just mentioned 'test' now a lot of users, and businesses DO NOT TEST the back up file, or individual items in that back.

We recently recovered a laptop, (4-5 years old) who's hard drive started failing, the owner was writ ting a book, it was nearly finished, he had not backed it up for a few weeks, and yes you can guess what has happened, the 1 item no longer available was the folder and any useful data from it.

so my top tip is regardless of how old your computer is, back up your data, the older the computer is the more likely it is that your Hard Drive may just pack up. Regularly check your back ups are useful, and that you canuse the data in the back up.