Virtually all businesses are reliant on their network for day to day operation. This is usually a combination of wired and wireless access. With the rise in “Bring Your Own Devices”, a robust wireless network is a necessity rather than just an a “nice to have”. We offer enterprise-grade products from Cambium, Cisco Meraki and Xirrus.
In the travels of our technicians, we are amazed at the old networking equipment still soldiering away in cupboards and racks, usually under a thick layer of dust, such as a remarkable number of 10-BaseT and 100-BaseT hubs although they are long obsolescent. Their performance (and power consumption) is now totally outclassed by even basic Fast Ethernet switches and they are probably best retired in favour of a new Gigabit switch.
There are many switches by many manufacturers, all of which have a number of different features and capabilities. In the quest to reduce power consumption one useful feature is the ability to be able to reduce the speed of designated ports at certain times. An IP phone or wireless access point will work if the port is throttled back to 10Mbps but power consumption is reduced on the switch. For security it may be worthwhile to turn off some ports completely after hours to shut down wireless access points or devices in public areas..