Cloud Server vs Physical – Cloud vs Physical Round 1

JonathanServers

Last month we looked at a few different areas of wireless networking. Over the next two weeks we will be looking at some of the difference, advantages and disadvantages of both physical and cloud hardware and software. This week we look at some of the differences between a physical server and a cloud server. What is a Physical Server? Firstly, a server is usually a dedicated computer in charge of managing your network. It can have the job of simply being a file server where you store all your documents and business data, or you can have a server in charge of internet access, user credentials and managing who see’s what printers and shared folders. For very small businesses the task of holding all your documents can be simply given to a main PC or a NAS (Network Attached Storage). If you find you have more reliable and robust requirements, … Read More

Parental Restrictions on Home Wi-Fi Networks

JonathanWireless Networking

Wireless Parental Control

Internet security for the family is an essential consideration. In this article we are looking at Parental Restrictions and How you can keep your family safe as internet enabled devices are the norm. All too often online games are blamed for exposing children to inappropriate internet sites.  Whilst it can be true in some cases and parents should research children’s games which are known for this, it is also important to set up parental restrictions on your Wi-Fi. Having adequate parental controls will allow you to protect your family from inappropriate content.  There are also settings which can restrict access for specific devices to set times. Parents who have concerns that youngsters are playing online after bedtime can set a parental restriction to cease access at, for example, 7.30pm. For those days when you are trying to have a technology detox, but school requires homework access to the internet, it can be … Read More

What is the difference between 2.4GHz and 5GHz?

Melissa RossiWireless Networking

What is 2.4GHz and What is 5GHz? Here’s a simple breakdown of what those numbers on your device mean. I recently made the changeover to NBN and in doing so I noticed something that I hadn’t seen with our previous wireless setup, I now have two wireless connection options show for one device. I can now connect my mobile phone to my Telstra modem using either 2.4GHz or 5GHz. My phone automatically suggested the 5G connection but I didn’t really understand the difference until I spoke to our technicians and once they explained it to me I am now armed with knowledge to help me make the best choice for the connection I need depending on my circumstances. I consider myself moderately tech savvy so I wondered: “If I wasn’t clear on the differences in my wireless connection options, how many other people might not be aware of their options … Read More

Access Points & Range Extenders – When and Why?

JonathanWireless Networking

The Setup If you have followed all our tips in the last article about network security, you may be still finding you network not running to your expectations. With that in mind, I guess a good place to start an article about access points and range extenders would be explaining a situation. James has a network in his office that currently only covers the reception area. He would like it to reach all throughout his offices and especially down the back to the meeting room. So he went down to the local retail store and picked up a few range extenders and set them up himself. He then found that the wireless network had a few different names and that he wasn’t always getting a good connection. He thought – there has to be a solution to works! There is! Introducing Meshing Access Points. Access Points vs Extenders There is … Read More