Networking

Why Having a Sensing City Makes Sense

Back in January, MIT released their list of the top 10 technology breakthroughs for 2018. Ranked at number 3 is a project currently underway in a dusty section of Toronto, where the city meets the Lake Ontario waterfront

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The Media Converter | A Quick Guide for The Networking Newcomer

The Media Converter | A Quick Guide for The Networking Newcomer

In case you’re new to networking technologies, a media converter is the sort of little device every IT networking professional should keep on hand. That is because it allows you to join different signaling formats onto one well-functioning LAN.

This technology has gone the way of its predecessors in that it has become more streamlined, smaller in size, and simpler

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BEFORE: The Next Generation Functionality for The Local Area Network (LAN)

The Next Generation Functionality for The Local Area Network (LAN)

As we draw closer to the year 2020, one that experts look to as the IoT 20-billion-device point, it may be time to consider something. Does our approach toward the actual IoT network itself need a rethink?

Networks, in their continuing quest for greater and greater bandwidth, were originally designed to support the PC. An ecosystem that included software systems, computers,

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User Experience | The Force That’s Driving HDMI 2.1 Cable Functionality Improvements

User Experience | The Force That’s Driving HDMI 2.1 Cable Functionality Improvements

On November 28, 2017, the HDMI Forum, Inc., announced the release of their new HDMI®  2.1 Specification. Among other things, this new version will be better supporting 4K and 8K ultra-high resolution display technologies.  

Beyond the high resolution and increased frame-rates [….], more lines of communication needed to be opened up between devices sitting

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HDMI Over IP with PoE: Simplicity Meets the HDMI Extender

HDMI Over IP with PoE: Digital Signage Simplicity Meets the HDMI Extender

What is HDMI over IP with PoE technology?

High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a transmission interface technology used for video and digital audio data sent from HDMI-compliant devices. This high-quality image transmission makes this a perfect medium for digital signage.

HDMI over IP removes complexity, interconnecting all the pieces needed to achieve high-quality digital capabilities through the

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Media Converters - The SMART Way to Link IT Networks Together

Media Converters – The SMART Way to Link IT Networks Together

PLANET customers have been relying on PLANET media converters for decades. These handy little devices are great for helping professionals successfully pull together networks on the fly. They’ve used media converters for things like television coverage at the Olympics in Rio, on-the-scene news in Chile, and for localized applications like trade show demos and exhibits.

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PoE Smart Applications

PoE-Capable Switches for Home, Commercial and Industrial Use

This article is intended to be a quick guide to helping you choose the best switch for your deployment. We’ve taken 5 of our most common environments and added a few descriptors. This list of places you can use a PoE switch is by no means exhaustive, but it will help you get into the “ballpark” when identifying some of the most common places and the best

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What is the Difference Between An Ethernet Hub and a Switch?

What is the Difference Between An Ethernet Hub and a Switch?

Ethernet hubs and switches are networking devices that connect computers [and IP devices] together. A hub is basic, offering simple data transmission capabilities to MAC addresses over Layer-1. A switch is complex, offering security, efficiency, intelligent function, and capability to transmit to specific in-network, MAC addresses over Layer-2 and Layer-3.

What are layers 1, 2, and 3?

Layers are the paths over which data is

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What type of network switch should I buy?

What Type Of Network Switch Should I Buy?

One question we’re asked every day, is whether to go with a managed network switch, a smart switch, or unmanaged switch? In this article, we’ll break through the complexity surrounding this decision making process.

Just as a disclaimer, we tend to recommend a managed because you gain a lot more control and flexibility over your network over the life of the switch. Things change in business, half

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Hot-Swappable Equipment Helps Networks Stay Resilient

Hot-Swappable Equipment Helps Networks Stay Resilient

For years now, network installers have been pushing for more and more hot-swappable devices.

There are still some breakthroughs to be made, and not all types of network devices are able to be plugged in while a network continues to hum along. But there’s been a lot of progress.

For the purposes of today’s discussion, instead of focusing on specific hot-swappable devices, we’ll discuss it as

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