Securing a small office network.

Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Many small business networks are horrendously insecure. One insecure component can devastate your business

The following is a basic list of things that you should do to secure your network.

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Be careful whose wireless you access

Last Updated on January 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Depending on where you live, how busy the local cops and prosecutor are, and your overall luck, freeloading on an open wifi connection could cost you dearly.

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Update on Hotel wireless.. Another DUH-OH moment

Last Updated on January 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I posted about a week ago on hotels with poor wireless connectivity.

http://cgmendla.blogspot.com/2007/08/pet-peeve-hotels-with-poor-wireless.html

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Check broadband availability before moving your home or office.

Last Updated on December 16, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Moving into a new office on a long term lease and finding out that you cannot get high speed internet could result in a disaster. We are becoming increasingly dependent on reliable, affordable high speed internet access.

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Wifi analyzer for the droid

Last Updated on December 8, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

If you want some quantitative data on the signal strength of WiFi signals, there are tools for your Android that can give you just that. One such tool is WiFi Analyzer

I found a great wifi analyzer at http://a.farproc.com/wifi-analyzer

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Travel wifi – Beware of the evil twin

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I came across something the other day that is interesting for those who use wifi while traveling.

There is an attack known as an ‘evil twin’ attack. The attacker creates a wifi host with a name similar to, or the same as, that used by a hotel, cafe or other hotspot. They broadcast from a location near the real hotspot. In some cases, they might have disabled the real hotspot.

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Pet Peeve – Hotels with poor wireless connectivity

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Most of the upscale resorts and hotels are offering internet access. In many cases, the internet access is wireless.

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Open Source Alternatives to Exchange

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

As I mentioned in a previous post, we had a situation where we were looking at open source alternatives to MS Exchange. One thing to keep in mind is, that in this case, open source does not mean free. The client qualified for academic pricing which actually put the cost for 10 users on MS Exchange below the competition.

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Switched to Verizon Fios – Initial report -AAAARRRgggghhh

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Since we were in a neighborhood with some really old copper, we finally decided to abandon Speakeasy’s DSL after about 8 years of excellent service and uptime.

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Verizon Fios support – Outsourced to Larry Moe and Curley Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

  • Updated Sat 8 2 (See Bottom of Post for updates)
  • Updated Mon 8/4/08
  • Updated Mon night 8/4/08
  • Updated Tues Morning 8/5/08 – Call Forwarding SUCCESS – after 25 agents and 18 hours of calling

About 2 months ago, we switched our internet and one phone to Verizon Fios. That went fairly well with some minor glitches (ie, they gave us a ‘dying on arrival’ modem that resulted in more down time in one week than I had in the past 7 years with my previous DSL provider)

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