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How to leverage multicast for your VoIP, UC, and video systems

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on May 15, 2024 10:38:00 AM

By leveraging multicast, organizations can optimize network bandwidth usage and support larger number of concurrent users in video conferencing, multimedia broadcasting, and other similar scenarios. This makes multicast a key component of UC and VoIP solutions, offering a more efficient and cost-effective way to manage communications at scale.

In this article, we examine multicast communications in the context of networking, how it compares with unicast and broadcast communication, and practical steps for leveraging it on your network.

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Topics: VoIP, Videoconferencing, Network Design, Unified Communications, Voice Protocols

How to use the Grandstream GWN.Cloud and GWN Manager

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 1, 2024 10:42:00 AM

By Brian Van Meter at Grandstream

Grandstream's portfolio of networking devices has grown rapidly over the past few years. This trend will only continue with our introduction of more switches, routers, and Wi-Fi access points.

While our Wi-Fi access points have built-in controllers that can be used to manage a deployment of APs, a more robust platform solution for configuration, management, and troubleshooting of network infrastructure is often a better choice.

Grandstream's GWN.Cloud and Grandstream Manager are just this. GWN.Cloud and GWN Manager are free, enterprise-grade management platforms for Grandstream access points, routers, and switches. Thanks to streamlined monitoring and maintenance, managing a network or several networks across multiple locations has never been easier.

Within this blog post, we'll be providing an introduction to GWN.Cloud and GWN Manager and how to use them. By reading it, you'll learn about:

  1. The features and capabilities of the GWN management platforms
  2. How to add and configure devices with GWN.Cloud and GWN Manager
  3. The steps to configure your network settings and options
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Topics: Grandstream, Network Security, Network Design, Wi-Fi

Review of Grandstream HT841 and HT881 analog FXO gateways

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Feb 21, 2024 10:42:00 AM

Grandstream recently announced a pair of new FXO gateways, the HT841 and HT881, that allow small to medium-sized businesses to deploy VoIP services easily and quickly in an environment where analog telephony is still prevalent.

In this article, we review these new devices and discuss some of the use cases that these devices were designed to serve.

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Topics: Business Telephone System, Grandstream, Network Design, Product Review, Gateway

Tips for overcoming enterprise UC network edge security challenges

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Feb 14, 2024 10:35:00 AM

The network edge is the portion of an enterprise network that interfaces with the public internet via an internet service provider (ISP). Various security measures are typically applied at this network location to protect internal network infrastructure and assets from potential external malicious attacks. 

These measures may introduce challenges to the mobile workforce, especially when the unified communications (UC) and VoIP services those individuals leverage exist within the physical enterprise network.

This article examines some of the most common network edge issues that may present challenges to a mobile workforce and some strategies to alleviate them.

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Topics: Network Security, Network Design, Cloud, Unified Communications

Zero trust security model: a paradigm shift in network security

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Apr 26, 2023 10:49:00 AM

Networks continuously change, and new approaches to security are constantly emerging. One particularly noteworthy approach to network security that has been increasing in adoption over the past couple of years is the zero trust security model.

In this article, we examine what zero trust is, how companies could deploy it over the next few years, and its impact on unified communications applications such as voice, video and collaboration.

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Topics: Network Security, Network Design, Cloud, Unified Communications

Grandstream GWN7800 series managed network switches

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Feb 1, 2023 10:48:00 AM

Product Review

Grandstream is well known for its groundbreaking IP phones, but its innovation extends into other areas, including network infrastructure equipment and components. The new GWN7800 series of fully managed network switches is a prime example of the company’s leadership in this area.

This article showcases these switches and some advanced capabilities that allow network administrators to maintain comprehensive network control and security.

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Topics: SIP Phones, IP PBX, Grandstream, Network Design, Cloud, Wi-Fi, Switches

VoIP failover options and alternatives

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Aug 24, 2022 10:43:00 AM

 

In previous articles, we've discussed the high reliability of VoIP technology. That said, achieving high reliability is only possible when built into the design of the VoIP network and the underlying network infrastructure supporting the service. One of the fundamental requirements to ensure such reliability is the implementation of VoIP failover. Here's what you need to know. 

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Topics: VoIP, SIP, Business Continuity, Mobile, Network Design, Cloud, SD-WAN, Unified Communications, WAN Technology

How to design the best support structure for VoIP deployments

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Aug 10, 2022 10:50:00 AM

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) often comprises a substantial portion of the budget for many businesses, a large part of which goes to paying the wages of support staff. Larger enterprises may need to employ a full-time, in-house team of professionals to support all their ICT services and assets, including VoIP communications systems.

However, smaller businesses have limited budgets and few ICT-related tasks to justify a full-time or even a part-time ICT position. It’s more difficult for these firms to support their communications systems without wasting valuable and often scarce resources.

In this article, we hope to provide you with insight on how to design the best support structure for your VoIP communications services without overextending your budget.

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Topics: VoIP, Network Design, Cloud, Business Strategy

Yealink MP series phones for Microsoft Teams

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on Jul 6, 2022 10:48:00 AM

Product Review

Yealink’s MP series IP phones deliver a broad spectrum of capabilities for a wide array of uses. From a feature-rich, entry-level phone to a high call-volume, executive-level device, these IP phones deliver virtually all the telephony features that most businesses need today. In this article, we take a closer look at what Yealink’s MP series phones have to offer.

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Topics: SIP Phones, Business Telephone System, Yealink, Videoconferencing, Conferencing, Network Design, Product Review, Microsoft, Zoom

Network edge vs. edge computing

Posted by Daniel Noworatzky on May 11, 2022 10:33:00 AM

The concept of the “edge” is important when it comes to networking and telecommunications. There are two concepts in particular that use this terminology: the network edge and edge computing. These are distinct and separate constructs, but they are not entirely unrelated.

In this article, we’ll look at both and see how they differ and how they are interrelated.

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Topics: Trends, Mobile, Network Design, Cloud, SD-WAN, WAN Technology

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