Monthly Archives: April 2012

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More Bandwidth – Less Budget

For many businesses, having high bandwidth is no longer a want, it’s a requirement. The need to share vast amounts of information and communicate with other locations makes it so. But with so many network technology options out there, what service is right for your business?Many businesses have chosen Ethernet because it can provide high levels of bandwidth at relatively low costs. In fact, so many businesses rely on Ethernet that it’s currently the most widely-deployed Local Area Network (LAN) transport technology in the world.

Connect Anywhere

Traditionally, Ethernet could only be utilized within one company’s network. However, with the expansion of Ethernet into the carrier world, your locations across the state, across the country, or even across the world can connect through the Wide Area Network (WAN). This connection provides a transparent service that bridges LANs in separate locations together as if they were one network, thereby maximizing your LAN/WAN resources.


Not only are Ethernet cables and equipment inexpensive, but well-defined industry standards make installation collectively simple and economical throughout the industry. Once your traffic is painlessly consolidated into one easily managed Ethernet network, maintenance and its associated costs decrease. It’s a low cost, no nonsense approach.

Speed & Scalable Bandwidth

Ethernet connections can support data transfer rates of up to 1000 Mbps, with IEEE 802.3 standard rates of 10BASE-T, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. However, choosing one bandwidth doesn’t lock you in; scalable bandwidth provides you with incremental bandwidth options. This way, you only purchase the bandwidth you need and it’s able to grow as your business grows.

Finding the Right Type of Ethernet for Your Business

Whether point-to-point or point-to-multipoint, Ethernet is a quality, cost-effective way to connect. However, between fiber optic, Ethernet over Copper and data transfer rates there are, as with any good solution, educated decisions to be made, and it’s important that you find the correct type of Ethernet for your business.

That’s where we come in. The experts at Teleco South Florida can take a look at your current network technology, your locations(s), and your business objectives to determine which Ethernet service is right for your business. Many of our partners, including Windstream and Paetec, have incredibly cost-effective, reliable Ethernet solutions. Our access to and in-depth knowledge of our over 20 carrier services partners allows us to work as your advocate and design a solution customized specifically for your needs.

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Ensure Your Network Security

Today, Web and email attacks are fueled by a multi-million dollar industry employing thousands of highly skilled and educated hackers. Malware, spyware, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, Denial of Service attacks, and rootkits are just a few of the weapons they use round the clock to assault your network, shut down your connectivity and pillage confidential information.

That’s why it’s important to ensure that your network’s security is impenetrable. So, to help you protect your network against the threats it faces, Teleco South Florida offers a few words of wisdom:

1. Have Antivirus Security in Place

Using antivirus security software is one of the most basic and necessary parts of network security. It scans your computer for certain patterns that indicate infection. Without it, you’re left completely unguarded.

One way to take antivirus security to the next level is to apply it at the gateway, like we do here at Teleco South Florida. Traditional antivirus software only works on your physical computer, but gateway antivirus security starts scanning before anything even gets onto your computer. It’s double the protection – scanning both at the entry way to your computer and on your computer.

2. Employ Web/URL Filtering

Although it sounds trivial, adding Web/URL Filtering to your network security system is an integral part of keeping viruses, spyware and other threats at bay. With customizable filtering, you’re able to decide which websites your employees can and can’t access, and you benefit from automatic protection against “typo scam” URLs.

One thing that Web/URL Filtering allows us to do is run reports that analyze users’ activity and take into account each person’s top utilized websites. This not only provides protection, but it can also boost productivity by allowing you to analyze how workers are using their time and, if necessary, address time-wasting sites.

3. Don’t Rely on Just One Internet Connection

Although Internet downtime isn’t an attack like a virus or Trojan horse, it is still a threat because it affects your ability to do business. That’s why you need to be prepared in case an Internet outage occurs at the worst possible time.

When it comes to our Network Security service, we make sure Internet connectivity can be automatically rerouted to keep you up and running in the case of an outage. For additional resiliency, a broadband wireless can be used for an additional failover measure.

These three methods are just a few of the actions you can take to prevent your network from Web threats, email attacks and other breaches of security. If you have multiple sites or a virtual private network (VPN), additional measures, such as Token-Based Authentication or Secure Communication Channels may be beneficial to your business.

At Teleco South Florida, we provide many of our customers with these very programs. Our Network Security solutions are specifically created to address security issues such as Web threats, content control and outages.

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What is MPLS?

For such an important and popular service, MPLS is easily misunderstood by many.

That’s why we wanted to provide you with some insight into how it works and why it’s such an important player in the voice and data world.

What is MPLS?

In order for companies with multiple locations to communicate and share information, they need some kind of interconnection between them. MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a secure, cost-effective way to make this happen.

MPLS is a protocol that directs and carries data through high-performance networks from one network node to the next using labels. You could consider MPLS as a point-to-point service through “the Cloud”.

It enables your service provider to build a tunnel-like connection across their network between your locations, providing you with a virtual network instead of a bunch of physical wires running between locations. When data leaves your location and enters the service provider’s network, it’s given a label that tells it where to go and what path to take to reach its correct end point.

In the recent past, if you wanted this type of connectivity, you would have had to get a point-to-point T1. If you had multiple sites, you would have had to get multiple point-to-point T1s all coming back to your main site. This could get very messy very quickly, but it was a solution that worked for the time period.

However, with the growing demand for better and faster solutions that could deliver more bang for the buck, MPLS was born.

A Dynamic Service that Provides QoS

In this instance, “Dynamic Service” refers to multiple types of data traffic traversing the same connection. That’s it. Think FiOS, think Comcast — they deliver TV, Internet, and voice all over the fiber, or Coaxial cables, that go to your home. This is exactly what MPLS delivers, just with a twist.

In your office’s LAN (Local Area Network), your company is able to maintain QoS (Quality of Service), meaning you’re able to give higher priority to a particular type of data traffic, such as voice and video, that needs to get to its destination as quickly as possible.

Think about it this way: Since voice and video are real-time applications and do not operate well when delayed, these types of data generally have top priority usage of the bandwidth. The next tier of priority is critical data applications, such as your ordering system. You want this to have bandwidth priority over someone streaming music for fun. The lowest priority would then be the public Internet traffic.

Why? Let’s face it — if your MSN page loads a few seconds slower than usual, it’s no big deal. But, if your image and voice are delayed over a video conference when you’re trying to close a million dollar deal, or you’re helping an already-angry customer on the phone and your voice is breaking up, you have a big problem.

Once data travels out of your office’s LAN, QoS is not necessarily guaranteed.

With MPLS though, you’re able to continue QoS of your data even as it traverses the service provider’s network. The service provider’s network can look at every single packet of data as it comes in, determine what type of traffic it is, and, based on the pre-arranged application requirements you set with the service provider, take action based on whether it’s priority data or not. This enables you to continue to allow specific data, such voice and video, to flow unencumbered through the connection in priority over other data applications, such as mail and internet traffic.

QoS is what makes the combination of different types of data streaming over a single connection reliable and attractive to many businesses as it allows for maximum usage of the bandwidth you purchase. If voice or video is not in use, the other data applications are free to use the entire circuit.

In the past, businesses would have to separate voice and video from their other lower priority data traffic by using another circuit or statically assigning bandwidth to each service. Thanks to MPLS, that’s not the case any more.

Clearly, MPLS is a great solution for a multiple-site company looking to remove some older more costly solutions. But there are many MPLS configurations available over various types of connections. So make sure to use Teleco South Florida’s vast knowledge base when deciding what type of solution, whether MPLS or not, is right for your business.