Networking

Do I Need a Managed Switch for my Smart Home Network?

Do I Need a Managed Switch for my Smart Home Network?

It wasn’t too long ago that specialized IT personnel were required to set up and install networks in our homes and offices.

Nowadays, everyone wants to have multiple devices on their home internet connection, so we’ve had to become the IT guys. We have routers and switches and other arcane networking devices in our homes that we’re expected to understand and manage on our own.

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Do You Need a PoE Injector?

Do You Need a PoE Injector?

Rather than having to painstakingly run a data cable and a power cable from a network switch to a Powered Device (PD), Power over Ethernet (PoE) saves both time and money by sending data and power over the same cable.

PoE installation is fast and cheap, especially when compared to older, outdated methods that require two separate cables – one for power, and one for data.

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3 Ethernet Cabling Alternatives

3 Ethernet Cabling Alternatives

Although WiFi is a convenient luxury – one that we’ve grown accustomed to – it certainly has its shortcomings: random dropouts, slow speeds, and limited range are all issues that must be contended with.

Ethernet cables (including PoE) are a great way to alleviate many of WiFi’s shortcomings. You can route Ethernet cables through your home or office, providing

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What type of network switch should I buy?

What Type Of PoE Switch Should I Buy?

One question we’re asked every day, is whether to go with a managed POE switch, a smart POE switch, or unmanaged POE 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,

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Best Deals on Planet Switches for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Best Deals on Planet Switches for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Welcome to the PlanetTechnologyUSA Black Friday and Cyber Monday celebration SALE.

To help our customers get an early start on their holiday celebrations, we’re holding this doorbuster savings event. For two days only [plus the weekend], PLANET is offering you 20 percent off 20 of our most popular Gigabit switches and IT Networking gear—see the list below.

These devices fly off our shelves throughout the year. This offer is just our way

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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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