Business Blog: Network Cable Alternatives

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Some locations are almost impossible to wire for modern network needs.  Places like parking garages, old houses and hotels, or almost anywhere that concrete was used will require a lot of time and effort to make a traditional network setup a reality.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  Recent advancements in networking and wireless technology have introduced options that were unthinkable even as little as 5 years ago.

The first and best option for wiring an old building is to use powerline adapters like the TP-Link AV600.  Powerline adapters use your existing power lines and electrical outlets to send network signals.  They basically turn your power lines into a local, secure network.  We’ve used these to great effect in historical buildings and businesses.  And they are even stable enough to work with something that typically requires a constant connection like our Indianapolis Business Phone Service.  Plus, they don’t interfere with the normal functioning of your electrical system.

Another option is to go wireless.  With the newer mesh WiFi systems on the market now, you can achieve great coverage with no dead zones for very reasonable costs.  Our favorite system is the Mesh WiFi System provided by Google.  It is easy to setup, very affordable, and the extra ethernet port on the units can even act as a LAN connection for your network.  Because of these perks, we have almost completely phased out the older WiFi systems that rely on multiple access points wired to a central monitoring hub.  Those systems cost a lot more to install and maintain.

Even if you don’t need to wire an old home or concrete building, we think you can save time and money with the technologies recommended above.  And as always, feel free to contact us or call us at (317) 644-0075 if you have network cabling questions, or if you’d like to schedule a free networking consultation in Indianapolis, Indiana.  We’re always happy to help.

Business Blog: Understanding the Cloud

icon-cloud Business Blog: Understanding the Cloud

Across the Midwest, “the cloud” is still misunderstood and therefore not fully trusted by businesses and professionals.  But embracing the cloud is a great way to save yourself time and money.  At Indy Developers Network, we test technology before we offer it to our clients, and we’ve seen the reliability of our services increase while the cost of operating those services have decreased.  This is what allows us to offer our cloud phone service for businesses at such amazing rates.

One of the easiest ways to understand the Cloud is to think of a hotel.  You can rent a whole house for a trip, but availability and pricing are less reliable than a hotel room.  That’s because a hotel has many identical rooms it can offer you if one or many rooms become unavailable for some reason.  Travelers don’t care much about what room they get.  They just want a room that does what they need.  The cloud is no different.

Instead of having all your data in one location, the cloud securely spreads it around until you need it.  And you don’t care whether you’re getting it from computer A or B or C, so long as everything works.  If computer A goes down, B or C will pick up the slack and you don’t notice any difference.

Luckily, phone service isn’t the only area where the cloud can help businesses be more efficient.  From email to modern faxing alternatives to data storage, there are many ways to take advantage.  Hopefully this post has helped clear up some of the mystery of the cloud and made you wonder about the ways it can make your business more efficient and more productive.  If that’s the case, feel free to contact us anytime at (317) 644-0075.  We look forward to saving you time and money.

Business Blog: Saving Money Each Month

icon-book Business Blog: Saving Money Each Month

Many businesses become complacent with their monthly expenditures and forget to compare alternatives that are currently available, but that’s the surest way to lose money every month.  Not all new products and services are better than older methods, however some definitely are.  A thing we commonly see is a business or corporation still relying on telephone service provided by the old phone and cable companies instead of better VoIP phone service (VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol).

If every Indianapolis business switched to VoIP business phone service, the savings potential would be a huge boost to budgets across the Midwest.  With traditional phone service, you pay for the number of lines you need and that’s the end of it.  But with VoIP phone service, the number of lines does not always determine your cost.  Usage is much more important.

For example, an office or company that has 10 phones should be able to pay for the equivalent of 5 phone lines, saving them easily over $100 per month.  And they would still have access to 10 incoming and outgoing lines, plus all of the business features they depend on to communicate effectively with their customers and vendors.

Finally, it should be said that not all phone service or phone service companies are equal.  When choosing any service–but especially business phone service–you want to choose a product that was built specifically for business, as well as choose a company whose customer service is local.  You shouldn’t have to talk to someone across the country or across the globe when you have an issue that needs addressed.  You want a person you know and trust.

These are the things we wanted to provide when we created our business phone service for Indianapolis.  Affordable rates, local customer service, and features that make everything just a little bit easier.  If that sounds like something that could improve your business, feel free to contact us to learn more.