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Articles in Category: Wired and Wireless Networks, Michigan

Wired or Wireless, Which is the Better Network?

Wired or Wireless, Which is the Better Network?

Today’s office spaces detect when you enter the room and adjust to your meeting’s settings. It seems everything is wireless, Bluetooth-connected, or voice-controlled but is that the way to go with your network? Is a wireless network the best choice for your meeting space? Wired and wireless both offer distinct advantages, so how do you decide? That depends. First we need to understand who will be using the space, what collaborative tools will be used, and your network’s security level.

TAGS: plug-and-play | WiFi | Wired and Wireless Networks | Wireless network

Why Including Technology in the Construction Plan Is Pivotal

Proper planning and implementation of AV & IT will help your business realize the best possible outcomes.

Why Including Technology in the Construction Plan Is Pivotal

More so than ever before, AV/IT plays an increasingly important role in our day-to-day operations. Businesses depend on technologies to collaborate and communicate internally and with their customers. Technologies connect us to the Internet of Things (IoT) and integrate our various technology systems. They gather data, help us disseminate and act upon it, making our technologies even more effective. Technologies are essential to our daily workflow and operations and are a vital part of our business strategy, yet they are often overlooked in the design and planning phase of a project.

TAGS: AV considerations for new construction | construction projects | network infrastructure | new construction | Remodel

How to Set Up a Productive, Collaborative Home Office

The infrastructure and environment requirements for today’s remote workforce

How to Set Up a Productive, Collaborative Home Office

According to a recent survey, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. By 2020, projections estimate that mobile workers will account for nearly three quarters (72.3%) of the total U.S. workforce.  Mobile devices and simple, yet sophisticated, collaborative tools have enabled today’s workforce to effectively work from anywhere – an airplane, a hotel room or a well-appointed home office. Remote work is a boon to productivity and can lead to higher efficiency and lower turnover. Not only does it attract younger workers, it keeps older workers in the workforce longer. So, the benefits are many but establishing a remote environment that represents the employer’s brand while providing a productive, collaborative space for the employee requires more than plugging in a laptop. 

TAGS: collaborative technologies | home network | home office | mobile device | remote worker | remote workplace | video conferencing

Feature-Rich and Trouble Free!

How to Optimize Your Enjoyment of Your Home’s Technology Systems

Feature-Rich and Trouble Free!

We’ve recently talked about getting together to assess your home’s technology systems (It’s time for a “Tech-Up!”). It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re abreast of the latest technologies available and how to implement new devices now or in the near future. The other key to satisfaction with your technology systems is ensuring their technical health. Simple things, such as cleaning components in the equipment rack, go a long way in preventing equipment from overheating. And then there’s the not-so-fun stuff like changing the batteries in the smoke detectors of your 10’ ceilings. Part 2 of our annual “Tech-Up” addresses the advantages in having a preventative maintenance plan that would include a visit from one of our technicians. 

TAGS: Grand Rapids | Home Automation | Home Network | Home Technology | Kalamazoo | Maintenance Plan | Smart Home | West Michigan | WiFi