There are many types of applications that can consume an inordinate amount of bandwidth. Your corporate network could be suffering from any one, or indeed a combination of them. Slower speeds, more frequent freezes, and other IT headaches can occur when these bandwidth-hungry applications consume more than their fair share. Identify these applications and take steps to negate their acquisition of your precious bandwidth – or suffer the consequences.
What are the consequences? Primarily, your low-bandwidth applications experience a slower response time, your network becomes less efficient, and that costs the company money. Sluggish networks are one common cause of increased IT help desk calls. This in turn causes a loss of productivity where employees are spending time calling the IT department, and IT staff are wasting time troubleshooting these basic issues that could be avoided.
Here are the chief culprits:
1. Video – including conferencing, downloading, and streaming
2. Wi-Fi – when employees piggyback using their personal mobile devices
3. Audio – internet radio or other music, news and information streaming
4. Gadgets – desktop apps such as weather, calendars, clocks, etc.
5. Files – sharing, transferring, downloading, archiving
6. Cloud apps – collectively, these apps can ravish bandwidth
In these days when every dollar counts and corporations are expending great efforts to reduce costs, it seems a foregone conclusion that employee time-wasting would be eliminated as a function of corporate policy.
When the time-wasting applications are also bandwidth wasters, then it is even more compelling that the company regains control over its employee base, its IT network, and the losses generated in productivity, time, and money.
Allowing unrestricted Wi-Fi access, video, audio, and other applications outside the scope of daily work activities is a huge drain on resources. It is also an invitation to security issues and degradation in the integrity of the network.
High Definition (HD) video has amplified the amount of bandwidth required to handle everyday applications such as streaming, conferencing, and downloading. Restricting the access of non-work related use will help curb the consumption. Where video is a part of the workload, reducing definition, and scheduling downloads for off-peak hours will help reduce the load placed on the network.
Ensuring that your corporate Wi-Fi network is secure is also paramount to ensuring only the right people are using your precious network resources. Unauthorized individuals, whether guests or low-ranking employees, should not have access to your corporate network, as it represents an unwarranted drain on resources, not to mention a security risk.
Audio, gadgets, and cloud apps not directly related to the job function should also be restricted.
Benefits of LAN Segmentation
High bandwidth file handling that is work-related be split or segmented using bridges, routers and/or switches. This effectively alleviates the bandwidth drain on the network and also reduces overall traffic congestion, makes network problems easier to identify, and enhances security.
Using LAN segmentation helps to isolate problems by reducing the problem of overflow. LAN segmentation can tackle the bandwidth consumption problem for any application or group on the network.
One important role of the IT department is to measure and monitor network utilization. This is essentially the amount of traffic across the network, compared to how much the network can support. There are certain times of business where network utilization will be higher than others. There will also be points in the network which are under greater stress, and diagnosing these early can point to how to avoid infrastructure bottlenecks.
Proper measuring and monitoring, coupled with network segmentation, will also greatly enhance the effectiveness of the IT staff when it becomes necessary to track down a network problem. This increased efficiency translates into less downtime, fewer help desk calls, and a significant reduction in time and money otherwise lost.
High bandwidth applications need not be a problem for any perceptive IT department.
Our long-term strategy for “on-site” SEO begins with fundamentals. No shortcuts. Unethical SEO companies exploit short term loopholes in Google, resulting in search engine penalties against your website. At Net Works, Inc, your SEO Consultants, we align our goals with the goals of Google and other search engines. Professional and search engine friendly, we play by the rules, we get you on top of the search, and we keep you there. Our business is your success.
We offer a comprehensive solution comprised only of ethical web marketing and programming activities.
All our activities are top notch and adhere to the mandates of Search Engines. We will never do anything that could potentially jeopardize your rankings.
We create customized solutions for start-ups, small and mid-size businesses. Although every client has unique goals, our campaigns share a core set of fundamentals:
Keyword Research & Traffic Projections » Identify best opportunities for traffic growth
Perfect On-Site SEO » On-site SEO strengths & weaknesses » Link-Building quantity, quality, consistency & methods
Performance Metrics » Rankings & Traffic » Total Conversions » Individual Keyword Conversions » Cost per Acquisition
Whether you’re looking to start small and ramp up, need to revamp your existing campaign or just want input from an expert, we can help.
Daytona Computer Services
Net Works, Inc is the leading Daytona Beach area computer support and network consulting firm. For more than a decade, we have provided computer service to over 600 businesses. We specialize in on-site network support and computer service for Daytona Beach area businesses. Net Works, Inc offers you everything needed to fulfill all of your computer support and network service needs.
Our Florida office provides computer services and computer support for Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange and the surrounding communities.
Net Works Inc. offers clients:
- Onsite Computer service
- Network Cabling
- Strategic Planning to Leverage Technology
- Website Design and Hosting
- Offsite Backup Solutions
- Multi-Location support
Net Works, Inc will be onsite within hours to keep your networks properly working. Oftentimes, we can provide instant problem resolution via remote access to servers and workstations.
Ready to Find Out What Our Team Can Do for You?
Whether you are looking for a specific solution or need help assessing your business IT needs, we’re here to help. Our Daytona Beach technical experts will provide computer service, act as your support team to help you decide a direction and set up a plan that makes sense for your business.
Please call us for custom IT solutions at 386-248-0000, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the contact request form to the left.
LCD monitors are still popular for desktops and laptop computers. The biggest advantage is the portability and clarity that LCD monitors offer vs. the extremely outdated CRT monitors. LCD technology is not new, but it has gotten better by leaps and bounds. Net Works, Inc. wants you to know that we offer Daytona Beach LCD Monitor Repair for businesses and individuals.
Many times LCD monitors will get damaged from a fall, surge in electricity, etc. Don’t hesitate to call us at 386-248-0000 the next time you require Daytona Beach LCD Monitor Repair. Here are some of the types of LCD screens we’ve repaired in the past:
- iPhone LCD Replacement/Repair
- iPad LCD Replacement/Repair
- Android Tablet LCD Replacement/Repair
- Android Phones LCD Replacement/Repair
- Dell Laptop LCD Repair/Replacement
- Dell NetBook LCD Repair/Replacement
- Toshiba Laptop LCD Repair/Replacement
- Macbook Pro LCD Repair/Replacement
Contact Our Team
Have you been thinking about taking your Daytona Beach business into the cloud? Net Works, Inc is here to help.
Benefits of using cloud services :
- Affordable- With cloude services, you won’t have a large
up-front capital expense as you would if you chose to purchase the software. A reasonable monthly fee is all you will pay to have the latest version of your favorite software. You won’t need to spend money purchasing and installing software. You won’t have to worry about the cost of upgrading it, either.
- Flexible- Because cloude services offered as an on-demand service, you can adjust your contract to fit your staffing needs.
- Stable- Cloud applications are installed on more powerful, secure, and redundant hardware infrastructure than you could afford to own.
- Quick deployment- Because most cloud solutions are web-based, deployment is instantaneous, giving you immediate access to the business solutions you need.
- Accessible- Regardless of where you do business, you will always have access to your cloud SaaS applications as long as you have access to the internet.
- Compatible- Most cloud applications are compatible with most systems and smart phones.
Whatever the objective of your web site design (e.g. online sales, leads, branding, information), We understand that the process doesn’t stop as soon as the web site is published. Web site maintenance is an essential part of any online strategy.
The exact nature of the web site maintenance will vary depending on the purpose of your web site. Net Works can help with all your web site maintenance requirements.
- Web Site Redesign: Our web site maintenance plans include web site analysis, advice and redesign. If your web site isn’t working, is being outranked by competitors or simply needs a facelift, we have a web site maintenance plan that’s right for you.
- Web Site Updates: Successful web sites are not static, but require continual maintenance to keep the content fresh and interesting to your visitors. We can add new products, pages, information, events, news, photos, graphics, etc.
- Content Management: Maybe you’d like to be able to take over some of the web site maintenance yourself. Our custom content management systems will empower you to change your website, while continuing to maximize the optimization and marketing.
Whatever your web site maintenance requirements, our services are professional and convenient.
Google Analytics has proven to be one of the most robust and advanced pieces of software when it comes to tracking the type and amount of visitors coming to your website. However, Google Analytics is much more than a piece of tracking software. It can shed light on details on demographics, geo-location, types of computers accessing your site, how long they visited, etc. It’s also one of the reasons why some features are never mentioned (there are a lot).
One of my favorite features on Analytics was the export to PDF function. This comes in handy especially for agencies who service clients and need to show something directly. Sometimes giving your client Analytics access can be daunting to them. Show them exactly what you want them to see by using the PDF export function. In addition, you may also send your client the report automatically on a set day for a set amount of time. Talk about cool!
We encourage you to watch the video below to understand this feature, and come back next week with another update on SEO tools.
Tablet sales are at an all time high, which means tablet repairs are too. Tablets are sleek, powerful, and light to carry around. However, they’re all vulnerable in the same way — the screen. One drop on the floor could mean devastation to that beautiful screen, which is where our team at Net Works comes into action. Our trained technicians have specialized tools to open and repair tablets that have suffered from falls, water damage, poor battery life, etc.
Net Works Inc. is proud to offer repairs on:
- Android Tablets
- Web OS Tablets
- Windows 7 Tablets
- and More…
To get started, please give us a call at 386-248-0000 or fill out our repair request form. Due to the proprietary nature of tablets, we will more than likely require time to order the part needed. This process can take up to 7 business days on average.
|Our email newsletter Tech Talk is filled with hardware and software reviews, tips and tricks, security alerts, a bit of humor, and much more. Look for briefs on important computer related news and ideas you need to know.
In this issue of Tech Talk, we will discuss how often you should be updating your website, the benefits of doing so, and how Search Engines rank you in the process.
When Google introduced “Panda” in February 2011, it changed everything. The update filtered out sites that were not of high quality, and lowered the rankings of sites that were not actively updating their content.
Since the update we’ve seen many tactics to raise your ranking on Google, but the best one by far is blogging. If setup correctly, a blog can increase your traffic and it can help your website rank for more keywords. Here are a few blogging tips:
In combination with blogging, we recommend distributing your posts to social networks automatically through the use of RSS feeds. This method of distribution guarantees that each of your pages and posts are shared to a wide audience — giving your site more exposure than ever. Check out the website of the month to learn more about content distribution.
Not all search engines work alike, but most of them use similar algorithms to determine your site’s ranking on the web. Keeping your content fresh and up-to-date will not only appease search engines, but it will keep your customers coming back to see what’s new. There are other aspects which determine your search engine ranking, however, creating fresh content is a great place to start.
Check out our Google+ page for more tips on web marketing, computer repair, and the latest gadgets.
|Get Ready for Windows 8|
What Windows 8 brings to business users — the new operating system from Microsoft that’s expected to release later this year.
|Will Upgrading be a Pain?|
Each time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, the question always arises “will it be compatible with my computer’s hardware and software?” Simply put, if it works on Windows 7 it will work on Windows 8. The foundation of Windows 8 is built on top of Windows 7, which alleviates most software and hardware compatibility issues.
An Excerpt from a Microsoft Partner Conference: “In both of our Windows 8 previews, we talked about continuing with the important trend that we started with Windows 7, keeping system requirements either flat or reducing them over time. Windows 8 will be able to run on a wide range of machines because it will have the same requirements or lower.”
|How will Windows 8 help me?|
Current tablets suffer from being able to run full-featured software. They’re nice to use and pretty to look at, but you’ll pull your hair out trying to manage email and edit spreadsheets. We bring up tablets, because Windows 8 is bridging the gap between desktops and tablets — here’s why. Both Windows 8 for desktops and tablets have support for touch, and will feature a new front-end called “Metro UI”.
Metro UI was designed to replace your current start menu, and will be the area you use to glance at information. It will run Metro Apps, which are a new addition to the Windows family. Think about the use cases where an app works much better than browsing to a site, while keeping in mind you have a full-fledged operating system that can run all of your Windows software.
It’s our guess that productivity will increase because you have the best of both worlds. The Metro UI on Windows 8 was designed for touch, but can be used with a mouse for those who don’t have a touch-enabled screen. And if used wisely, Windows 8 can be a great tool for both consumers and business professionals. It could also be a way to quickly take your “desktop” with you.
Expect to see docking stations that provide hook ups for a keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. Simply remove the tablet, and you can still use most of its features.
|I Want It Now!|
Microsoft is expected to release a final version sometime this year but for those that want to try it now– you have an option. The Windows 8 Developer Preview gives you access to an unfinished version of the OS, however, this should not be a replacement for your day-to-day computer (especially your work machine). We recommend this for IT professionals who would use this