You might just be at that point, where the small, wired home network you created a few months ago just is not doing it for you anymore and you want to extend it with a wireless network. Of course, you might as well be at that point, where you want to build a completely new network. Whichever the reason may be, the problem is the same - you need to know exactly how to do a wireless network installation.
Most of the time, you will find it necessary to install a wireless router. Now, you will only need to install one of these if you either are building your first home network or simply want to keep the wireless network installation at the simplest level as possible. Remember to install the router in a somewhat central location in your home so this way all receivers will be almost in the same line of sight. You see, with wireless internet, the speed depends on the distance from the router to the receiver. All you have to do now is connect your router to a power source, and of course an Internet source. Nowadays many routers support broadband modems and even dial-up connections. Still, when you buy a router make sure that it has an RS-232 serial port if you need the dial-up connection, because otherwise you will find yourself having a useless router. Last, but not least, you can also connect a wired router (called a switch or a hub) because wireless routers generally do contain built-in access points.
Now choose the name of your network. Often with Wi-Fi the network names are generically called SSID. Of course, this SSID has to be identical with all computers that are sharing the same wireless router. For your own protection, it is recommended that no matter what name your router manufacturer set to change it to something else. In order to find a network name for your router all you have to do is consult the product documentation. Finally, read the documentation to find out how to handle WEP security and also how to turn on firewall features and how to set other options.
Wireless Access Points
One wireless type network connection is supported by only one access point. It is very important to remember this further on. It is recommended to use this type of access point only if you indeed need the features that only a wireless router can provide and also you want to have more than three or four computers around the house that will be connected to the internet. You can read more at http://www.howtosetupwirelessnetwork.com
The positioning rule is the same as with wireless routers - access points have to be placed in a central location so that all receivers will be in the same line of sight. Plug in the power cord and if necessary the dial-up internet connection as well. Now cable the access points to your hub or switch. In this case, you will not have to configure any firewalls at all, yet you will still have to set a network name and enable the WEP function.
Giving these two options of installing a wireless network in your house, from this point on, all you have to do is install them in your own operating system and you're good to go.
We've written a two-part series of articles discussing how to help you grow your network to assure you meet your company's IT needs. Part I focused on how to start the new year with a sound network. This month's article discusses the importance of budgeting for IT support and networking for increased productivity and growth in 2008. With the New Year fast approaching, now is a great time to not only review your company's current network but also to establish budgeting guidelines based on average product life expectancy. With companies depending upon computer technology now more than ever, you must make certain your system remains an efficient tool for your company. Generally, computers and network servers can last between four and five years but IT experts state if companies want a realistic monthly budget, they should assume a three-year product lifecycle. It is also recommended companies budget to replace both computer hardware and software every three years.
Budgeting for Hardware, Software & Installation In order to effectively budget costs in relation to hardware, software and installation, you would need the total costs of all hardware and software your company is currently using. Include a labor cost projection of $2000 per server and $250 per workstation. Total up all costs and divide this number by 36 months and this results in your monthly costs for hardware, software and installation budget. According to San Jose accountant Monica Bailey of Monica Bailey & Associates, "Companies can also take a more accelerated rate than typical depreciation on these types of assets. And, accounting software should be budgeted on an annual basis and kept current." Budgeting for Support To budget the costs associated with IT support, INS recommends to allocate approximately 20 minutes of support per computer each month. This includes the workstations and network servers. Some workstations will not need support each month, but it is best to average this amount monthly and also yearly.
"The best way to budget IT support costs is to take the previous year's total IT costs and add 10%," adds Bailey. "The 10% variance gives you an overall budget from year to date with ample room for cost increase."
IT support can be based on the following levels:
Level I - Monthly Service Contract This consists of a reduced hourly rate service contract and is the best overall option for customers. Level II - Block Time Clients can purchase a block of time to ensure they receive priority IT support. Level III - As Needed Clients pay an hourly rate based on each support visit, phone call, and additional services such as the remote monitoring service. I recommend the monthly service contract for customers as this option provides the most value for customers. Rather than receiving a bill each time your network is serviced, you prepay your account for a set amount of monthly hours. If you don't use the hours, you can roll the unused minutes over to the next month. If you should exceed these monthly minutes, you would pay an overage. This allows you to typically receive one monthly bill unless you should go over your prepaid hours.
Overall, the monthly service contract is the way to go with IT budgeting because it allows you the opportunity to carryover your monthly hours and build these up for later usage. Preventative IT budgeting and maintenance can help to ensure the success of your computer systems and your company while also saving money in the long run. Ultimately, IT budgets should focus on spending that helps employees serve customers more effectively and makes the company gain and retain operational excellence. About Thomas Burns and INS Thomas Burns, founder and CEO of Intelligent Networks Services, Inc. has been an industry expert in computer network and technology for over 20 years. Under his careful supervision, INS has become a leading, full service IT support company servicing small to mid-sized businesses in Silicon Valley. INS's goal is to save their client's money by focusing on preventative maintenance and intelligent network designs. For more information go to www.intelligentns.com/subscribe and receive a complimentary network evaluation.
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There are many companies today offering computer rental services, but should you rent or buy? There are advantages and disadvantages to each and you should consider your own personal circumstances before deciding which option is best for you.
Computer Rental is Ideal for High-Tech Businesses
If you work in a high-tech industry where you constantly need to replace computers in order to get the latest, upgraded model then rental may save you money in the long run as you will pay a monthly fee and still have access to the latest computers. It is more difficult to stay up to date if you constantly need to purchase the latest equipment.
Save Start-up Business Costs
Another reason you may want to consider renting as opposed to buying one is to save money on your initial business start-up. There are often many expenses involved in starting your business and if you do not yet have the correct computer to start your business this can be a heavy cost for the new business owner. Renting can therefore help you reduce these initial costs.
With Computer Rental the Computer Is Never Yours
The disadvantage in renting a computer is that the computer will never be yours. If you do not need the latest then it may actually save you money over the long-term to purchase one and end up with your own computer that is fully paid off.
Whether you decide to rent or buy will depend on what type of computer you need, how much money you have to spend and your personal preference for buying your own or renting.
This article was written by Mandy Buchanan. To learn more about computer rental visit M Buchanan reports on Computer rentalLinks:
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There is no doubt that many people who have considered purchasing a web camera have been put off by the fact that the picture results were not smooth and free flowing, but instead were jumpy and were annoying to watch because of frequent stops while another batch of pixels forms on the screen. For those people who have switched to digital cameras and security cameras that monitor what is going on in your home or office, you may want to take another look at a web camera. The broadband capabilities of most internet providers today means that the streaming video actually streams without the jerks and hesitations that used to be so evident in the past.
This means that a web camera may actually make good sense to serve as a security camera in either the home or the office. When you are comparing and contrasting various web cameras to determine which ones make the best selection for home or office security, the first thing you should consider is the frames per second that the camera comes with. Of course, you will want to look for the highest resolution and the highest fidelity possible as well.
The next things to review when selecting a web camera are the lens types and the focus controls so that the visibility of the images will be crystal clear. Check the characteristics in various lighting conditions if you want to get the best possible results in real life situations. You should be aware of the different levels of sophistication when it comes to adjusting focus and lens speed as that can greatly affect the quality of the images.
When you are choosing a web camera, the next item to consider is where the camera will be mounted and how large it must be in order to accomplish what is expected of it. Most web cameras will be mounted on top of the monitor, but not all web cameras can rotate both vertically and horizontally. The greatest flexibility will be gained with the maximum camera movement.
You should be sure that all the needed software to run the camera is included with the equipment. In some cases extra software is bundled with the operating software. Whether it is operating software, or other extra software not only the quality and the price should be taken into consideration, but whether it is something that is of any use for you. Another feature to compare when selecting a web camera is the manufacturer's warranty. A typical warranty will last for one year.
In addition to all of the above you should look for the extras which add value to the camera. A zoom or telephoto lens allows you to zero in on details when recording images. The ability to capture video stills can be helpful and a microphone that is built in helps the sound quality.
Reviewing the checklist above will help you to make the best possible selection of a web camera that will meet your needs.
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Before you start to think about which CD / DVD printer you should buy, you need to think about if you actually need a CD DVD printer. There are two major factors that you need to consider, these are:
Cost ?- Sometimes it is possible to save a lot of money by moving CD / DVD printing in house. Whether or not this is worthwhile for you or not depends on the volumes of discs you want to print and the uniqueness of each print. The easiest way to explain this is that in terms of volume, very small volumes occurring rarely, should be outsourced to small service bureaus and very large volumes should be sent to be printed using silkscreen printing. It is the middle range volumes that should be produced in house on CD/ DVD printers. If each disc print needs to be unique it is almost always more efficient to print the discs in house as service bureaus tend to charge set up fees for each unique print job.
Convenience - Having an in house CD/ DVD printer is generally far more convenient than outsourcing the work. There are a number of reasons for this; firstly you will almost always want to make changes once you see the print. Although modern day CD/ DVD printers such as the new generation of Microboards products like the PF-3 have excellent color matching, you will never get exactly the colours you see on the screen. This is not due to the quality of the CD/ DVD printer or the monitor; it is simply due to the two devices using different colour technologies. The monitor uses RGB colour (it makes its colours out of red, green and blue) whereas the CD/ DVD printer uses CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) so it is impossible to always match colours on the screen to prints. This is a problem that many companies faced when moving the logos from printed onto the web. The second major convenience factor is that if you have the CD/ DVD printer in house you can produce disc prints quickly, within a minute in many cases, this is great if you need to react to demand quickly or you produce discs on an ad hoc basis.
Who are the big players in the world of CD/ DVD printers?
The CD/ DVD printer industry currently has three major players and a number of smaller players. The three major players are Microboards, Rimage and Primera. Microboards and Rimage co-exist peacefully at different ends of the market with Microboards producing low cost per print ink jet technology based CD/ DVD printers and Rimage manufacturing extremely high quality robust thermal printers. The two operate at such different ends of the market that in the UK and US Microboards actually acts as a distributor for Rimage. Primera is a direct competitor of Microboards, Primera also produce ink jet based low cost CD/ DVD printers. At the present time (December 2007) Microboards appears to have the edge on Primera in terms of cost per print, which at present means that the Microboards models are the more popular choice.
What are the different CD/ DVD printer technologies on offer?
CD/ DVD printing can be divided into three main categories (although other methods do exist). These are Ink Jet, Thermal and Silk Screen. Silk Screen printing is an efficient method of mass producing identical discs and it the sort of method that is generally used by service bureaus. I won't cover this any further as it is not relevant to the purchase of a CD/ DVD printer. Ink Jet technology is the technology which Primera and Microboards compete on, the prints look great and are cheap to produce. The only issue with using an Ink Jet printer is that the prints are prone to damage from water. This is far less of a problem these days though as the media manufacturer Taiyo Yuden now manufacture Water Shield discs that make ink jet prints water resistant. Thermal printing technology is championed mainly by Rimage. It produces a very durable glossy finish disc and consequently Thermal printers generally cost more than Ink Jet printers. This has been a very brief look at the different technologies and there are others available including technologies aimed at people printing just text. To find out more I suggest you visit www.prolok.com and contact one of their experts to talk you through the technologies in greater detail.
Choosing the Correct CD/ DVD Printer
This article has only touched on the various factors involved in choosing a CD/ DVD printer and has not given exact figures. My recommendation would always be to take the information you have learned from this article and speak to an expert. There are a number of very helpful and trustworthy CD/ DVD printer resellers through out the world including the company I work for, Prolok. Most now have very similar pricing so I would suggest you buy from the company that shows a genuine interest in making sure you get the right product for your needs.
Colin Thomas is one of the CD DVD printer experts at http://www.prolok.com/ he has twenty-five years of experience in working with all the major disc printer brands including Rimage, Microboards and Primera.