Understanding Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN)

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Local Area Networks (LANs) are at the heart of networking in office and campus settings, but LANs can often get unwieldy as more devices are physically added to the network.

Fortunately, network administrators can create smaller custom subset networks from one or more LANs, called virtual local networks (VLANs).

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Committed Information Rate (CIR) Explained

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Every company has unique bandwidth needs when it comes to the Internet so a one-price-fits-all solution certainly would not work. Fortunately, Internet service providers (ISPs) such as PS Lightwave can offer service plans based on a committed information rate (CIR).

A CIR guarantees a customer a certain bandwidth or network data usage that will be available 100 percent of the time.

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World Transitions Steadily from IPv4 to IPv6-Only Internet

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Internet Protocol (IP) addresses have been transitioning to a new-and-improved version steadily and quietly without notice from most end users. Networks have been migrating their IP address technology -- those unique “numbers” assigned to every computer and device connected to the internet -- away from the legacy IPv4 version to IPv6.

Worldwide, according to Google statistics, 30.6 percent of traffic was utilizing IPv6 as of March 3, 2021, including 44.4 percent of traffic in the United States. Those that are not already working on migration, risk missing out as IPv4 will one day be phased out.

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The Benefits of a Facilities-Based ISP for Your Business

By PS Lightwave Content Team

In the past five years more and more people, and even some courts, have been classifying the Internet as an essential utility like electricity, gas, and water. “It has become something of a vexed question, yet the Internet is increasingly entering the category of essential utilities — a fact reinforced by the current pandemic the world is facing,” wrote Song Bac Toh in Forbes last summer.

Indeed, certainly during COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, Internet access became a basic need to work, live and thrive.

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Session Internet Protocol (SIP) Plays a Crucial Role in Making VoIP Calls

By PS Lightwave Content Team

To understand the mechanics behind modern communication you need to know a lot of acronyms from TCP/IP to FTP to SMTP to POP3 to IMAP to HTTP and HTTPS. And while that might look like alphabet soup at first glance, if you look closely, you will see the same letter, “P”, keeps coming up in every spoonful.

“P” in all those acronyms stands for “protocol”. Without these protocols, accepted standards or rules that allow different networks to communicate with each other, our digital world would be a virtual Tower of Babel.

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Understanding Your IP Address

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Some 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day around the globe, and it would be impossible for all that information to be sent and received without an IP address, the unique number assigned to every computer and device connected to the internet.

What are the origins of the IP address system that creates order out of chaos and exactly how does it work?

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Bandwidth Will be Crucial in Post-COVID Shared Offices

By PS Lightwave Content Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, not just for the short-term, but forever.

The digital transformation brought on by the coronavirus crisis has been well documented with not only businesses embracing new technologies, but employees adopting new habits, such as Zoom meetings and attending online conferences, that will carry into a post-pandemic world.

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Future-Proof Your Networking Needs with SD-WAN Emerging Technology

By PS Lightwave Content Team

When it comes to future-proofing your networking needs, SD-WAN checks all the boxes.

SD-WAN (software-defined networking in a wide area network) is being embraced by IT and network managers looking to accelerate digital innovation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emerging technology simplifies the connectivity and management of complex networks by utilizing cloud-based software via a centralized WAN edge platform.

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How to Measure Network Reliability

By PS Lightwave Content Team

Network reliability has taken on greater meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic as it has become mission-critical to maintaining connections with employees, customers, prospects, and vendors.

Companies took quantum leaps in digital adoption in a matter of months, sometimes weeks, putting pressure on their existing networks.

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What You Need to Know About Internet Speed and How to Increase It

By PS Lightwave Content Team

We live in a world where fiber optic networks with high-speed Internet connections that allow us to work and play online are increasingly a necessity more than a luxury in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while average Internet speeds in the US have zoomed higher in the last decade, going from 5 Mbps to 100 Mbps according to Ookla, it can often feel slow, especially if your important Zoom call with your boss glitches or you can not complete your online school test because of a poor connection.

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