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Five Network Design Considerations
Here are five things that must be taken into consideration in a network's design. A designer must consider; redundancy, congestion, hardware limits, monitoring, and Layer 8, the hypothetical 'user' layer of the OSI model in network design. More ...

To Avoid Network Downtime Perform Risk Assessment
The demand for new applications, coupled with burgeoning use of edge computing, and the need to keep the current systems operational may lead to overlooking the day to day preventative steps and infrastructure requirements. More ...

Fiber Optic Cable Tester - What Is It and How to Use?
A fiber optic cable tester is a hand-held troubleshooting device that sends red laser light down a fiber to check for faults such as cracked fibers or defective splices. More ...

Small Business Server Migration Guide
If your business has grown large enough that you need your first server, you may be deciding what server to get. Here are some important things to consider when choosing a small business server. More ...

Turning Names (URLs) Into IP Addresses
People have trouble remembering long strings of numbers, so the people who invented the Internet decided to use human-readable names to identify locations. These are known as URIs,, URLs, and URNs. More ...

Troubleshooting the Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS) Protocol
Troubleshooting issues with the Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS) protocol is pursued thru an investigation with the Cisco show and debug commands and their options. More ...

Built-in Utilities for Network Troubleshooting
One of the most important responsibilities of a network administrator is to fix any problems that arise with the network. Most operating systems come with built-in utilities that can be used in the troubleshooting process. Described here are the most useful of these utilities. More ...

Network Cabling Design
With a small network of a few work stations that is not expected to grow, you might get away with just winging the cable installation, but the installation of a serious computer network needs a plan. without a plan your network will be prone to frequent failures and will be difficult to expand. More ...

Five Open Source DevOps Tools
Quick and improved releases are the need of the hour in today's software development landscape. DevOps tools aid in simplifying this otherwise complex process. Here are some open source DevOps tools. More ...

Network Installation
The installation of a new network can be divided into three phases. Design, implementation, and troubleshooting. The first and most important phase in a new network installation process is the design phase. More ...

Incredibly Bad Network Designs That Still Work
Despite some horrible network designs out there, their equipment continues to work, so well that the designer isn't aware of the abomination that is their network architecture. Here are four bad network designs. More ...

Steps For Designing a Crisis Management Plan
There are six steps for defining a crisis management plan that can be easily remembered using the word CRISIS. Use the steps of CRISIS to be ready to deal with emergencies that your organization might face. More ...

Network Cabling and Installation
Network cable in conjunction with the associated hardware (network switches, hubs, demarcation equipment) is responsible for computers being able to connect and transfer data across intranets (internal network) and the internet. More ...