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Purchasing a router for your small business network is not the same as purchasing one for your home. While consumer routers have improved tremendously over the years, they’re not well-suited for the needs of small businesses, which have specific requirements. Odds are that the $39.99 router on sale at Best Buy isn t up to the task.

There are certain basic features that every small business router should support — and that you should look for when buying a router for your small business network. These features increase network performance and help to ensure secure and efficient network operations. In this article, we explain the six essential router features you need. Here’s what you need to know.

Gigabit Ethernet Switch

One of the most cost effective upgrades you can make to your small business network is to upgrade it to Gigabit Ethernet. Most consumer level routers come with an integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, capable of operating at a maximum speed of 100 megabits per second (Mbps).

A router equipped with Gigabit Ethernet significantly increases the speed of data transfers over your small business network. The benefits of this will be most noticeable when transferring large files or in LAN environments connected to SMB servers or NAS devices. To achieve this dramatic performance boost, your computers must also be equipped with Gigabit Ethernet ports; and most new systems are.

Dual Band Wireless Network

Most consumer level routers support only a single wireless network. For this reason, wireless small business networks typically operate in mixed-mode; some computers have 802.11b or 802.11g access while others have high-speed 802.11n access. The problem with this setup is that just one computer accessing the network at an extremely reduced data rate can significantly diminish the performance of every client on the wireless network.

How is this possible? Think of it like this; you re driving your car on the expressway and thanks to EZ-Pass, you can sail right though the toll booths. However, if there are cars in front of you and each has to stop and pay the toll, then you have to stop too. It s the same with wireless devices. The faster device is still capable of the higher speed, but it’s stuck in a queue behind the slower device.

Dual Band routers provide simultaneous support for a 2.4GHz wireless-N network, which is compatible with older 802.11b/g devices, and a separate 5GHz wireless-N network that supports the latest high-speed, 5GHz-compatible 802.11n devices; each with its own SSID and wireless security settings.

This individuality allows small businesses to continue to use all of their older systems, without diminishing the performance of their newest hardware. Plus, devices that operate on the 5GHz network will not be prone to the interference sometimes associated with cordless phones and microwave ovens that also operate on the older frequency,.

Guest Network

It s not uncommon for visiting guests or clients to request access to the company s wireless network in order to browse the Web or check email from their personal laptop. The problem is that in order to grant that request, you need to either configure their PC yourself or provide them with the network passkey, which presents a potential security risk.

The guest network feature lets you provide wireless network access to anyone, while still restricting access to your company s primary network. Isolating guest activity in this way adds an extra layer of security to your personal data and small business network traffic while simultaneously creating a convenient and welcoming atmosphere for your guests or clients.

Quality of Service (QoS)

Not all network traffic is the same, and having a router that can identify and prioritize traffic makes for a much more efficient network. Quality of Service (QoS) is an advanced feature that can prioritize Internet applications and minimize interruptions in service when your broadband connection is busy.

For instance, many companies use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to make voice calls using a broadband Internet connection. A router with QoS control can differentiate between data packets used during a phone conversation and those being used to download a file.

This is important because when network traffic becomes congested, data packets get dropped. Dropped packets during a file download just means a slightly longer wait for the file. But dropped packets during a phone conversation results in poor voice quality or fragmented conversations ( Can you hear me now? ). Some routers support automatic QoS, while others have to be configured manually. In some cases you can configure data priority based on a specific application, Ethernet LAN Port, or even specific MAC addresses.

RADIUS Server Support

One of the shortcomings to using WEP, WPA or WPA2 to secure your wireless small business network is that these protocols use a passphrase-generated key to encrypt the wireless traffic traveling between your PC and the router. While this level of encryption might be adequate for most people, small businesses could add an additional layer of security to their wireless networks by incorporating a RADIUS server into their small business network environment.

The job of a RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service) server is to improve WLAN security by requiring users to authenticate to a server before establishing a connection to the wireless network. Not all routers support this feature, but those that do typically refer to it as Enterprise-class wireless security.

Maintaining your own RADIUS server might be too much of an undertaking for some, but there are a number of low-cost RADIUS services where the server and the authentication list it holds are remotely hosted.

Content Filtering /Site Blocking

One of the greatest challenges to a small business is to keep their employees focused and not visiting sites that could damage the company. For example, employees might inadvertently download virus infected software, or perhaps they might visit gambling or pornography websites.

A router with built-in content filtering lets you limit employee access to these sites. Routers are equipped with these today, some more advanced than others. Some content filters require a subscription service to automatically update the list of restricted sites and denies users access to them based on the category the site falls into. Other routers let you block access to either specific sites or you can block sites which contain specific Keywords. While not as sophisticated as the aforementioned subscription service, it is better than nothing.

While you might not need to block every site, being able to disable access to Facebook and Twitter alone could noticeably increase productivity. Should a user attempt to access a restricted site, they will receive a message from the router letting them know that it is not permitted and the network administrator will be automatically notified of the attempt.

Here are several small business routers that offer many, if not all, of the features we’ve discussed.

Anyone off these routers would be ideal for a small business network.

Ronald V. Pacchiano is a systems integrator and technology specialist with expertise in Windows server management, desktop support and network administration. He is also an accomplished technology journalist and a contributing writer for Small Business Computing.



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Top 10 Social Networking Sites for Business.

The most popular social networking sites can be defined by how many registered users they have. This article will look at the top 10 social networking sites for business, which are the most popular sites used by consumers, looking to buy products or services from a business just like yours.

If you thought social networking was just a fad, take a look at the number of registered users for the top 10 Social Networks:

  1. Facebook 908,000,000
  2. Twitter 500,000,000
  3. Google Plus 400,000,000
  4. Linkedin 187,000,000
  5. Bebo 117,000,000
  6. Tagged 100,000,000
  7. Instagram 32,000,000 +
  8. deviantART 24,000,000
  9. Pinterest 20,000,000 +
  10. FourSquare 20,000,000

That is a total of 2,308,000,000, or just over 2.3 billion registered users of social networking sites world wide.

Facebook

Facebook is the top social networking site word wide. It was launched in 2004, but was only really used by people at Harvard University, a few campuses in America and a few Universities in England. It wasn t until 2006 that Facebook was open to the general public; if you were over 13 years of age. Facebook changes constantly, with its Timeline the most significant recent change to the way your profile page looks.

Facebook is about connecting you with friends and promotes user recommendations with a like button.

Twitter

Also launched around 2006, Twitter has become popular because of its ease of use, and is often called the SMS of the Internet. Messages are referred to as Tweets containing a maximum of 140 characters long. To give you an idea of the growth of Twitter, there were around 1.6 million tweets posted for 2007, 400 million in 2008, and in 2012 it was estimated that Twitter users tweet 140 million tweets per day.

Twitter is also popular for sending direct messages to each other privately on mobile phones. Twitter has a Tweet button that allows for a recommendation and link to a website page.

Google Plus

Ranked third for registered users, Google Plus, or Google+ is the search engine giant s most recent attempt to break into the social networking arena. With a G+1 button, users can recommend links in the same way Facebook does with its like button. There are many similarities to how Google have set up their social networking site, compared to Facebook, but also quite a few improvements; noticeable better privacy controls and the way you include people into circles of friends. Although Google says they have over 400,000,000 registered users, the number would be skewed due to the integration with all of their other products. As a stand alone product there are about 100,000,000 active Google+ users world wide, however with Google being able to integrate into their search results; unmatched by Facebook and with an unrivalled range of other products, it has come along way, fast since the 2011 launch, so watch this space!

For people serious about search engine optimisation, Google Plus is a must because Google Authorship linked via your Google Plus Page is now a factor in Google s search results.

Linkedin

Launched in May 2003, Linkedin was popular amongst business people and professionals as a way to create a network of connections . At the end of 2012, it is estimated that two business, professional people were joining Linkedin per second world wide.

The main thrust of this social networking site is to allow users to maintain a list of contact details of people they have some level of interaction; what Linkedin refers to as connections .

Registered users invite people; whether registered or non registered users to become a connection.

Bebo, launched in 2005 puts your life online, on a timeline in chronological order with images, video and stories you create and load up. Roomers of Bebo shutting down circulated in 2012. Bebo offers shopping online, music and is a dating site too. Time will tell if it continues to grow, or loses users to the other social sites.

Tagged

Tagged launched in 2004 and focuses on finding new friends, rather than most other social networking sites which focus on existing relationships. With Tagged, you are on the road to social discovery, meeting and socialising with new people from the 24 million registered users in 220 countries throughout the world.

Instagram

Instagram is a way you can share what s going on in your life with friends through pictures. Used by people with smart-phones that have an in-built camera, you can take a photo of something and by choosing a filter , transform the image into a memory that will be kept forever. The Instagram concept is to document your life through pictures in real time.

These pictures can be shared on other social networking sites such as Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.

There is also the option that allows for specifying a location with the photo and Instagram will check you in on FourSquare.

deviantART

deviantART was developed to be a social networking site for artists, that allowed artists; whether established or not to showcase their artwork with art enthusiasts. Launched in 2000, deviantART is the largest social networking site for artists, with 65 million new visitors going to the site each month.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a way you can organise and share what you find on the web. You create boards , allowing others with similar interests to see what you like. The site is not about getting friends but rather to display who you really are, sharing recipes, planning a special event in your life, renovating the home etc.

FourSquare

FourSquare is a free app or application that is about sharing your geographical location when you visit places. You are linked to other users; who are your friends, so can recommend and be recommended to visit a place you are near. You can promote a restaurant with special offers, or a car yard that you got a good deal on a car with, it s up to you.

Summary

It would be impossible to keep up with writing content if you joined all of the social networking sites, even just these ten, so you are best to target your efforts to the top 3 social networking sites for business, which at the moment are Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Others can be used for personal use, if you would like to share and interact with people who have invited you to join their network.

Just a word of caution though, social networking can become very time consuming and can take you away from focusing on your core business.

It is advised that you actually read the terms and conditions that these, and all other social networking sites have and make you agree to when you sign up to understand what rights you are assigning over every time you load content; text and images to them. Most say that you are handing over the copyright rights to them, meaning that your images are now owned by them, to use how they see fit for their own purposes.

Thinking IT can keep your social networking sites updated by linking them to your website, so every time you add new content to your website, the social sites get updated too; saving you time and money.



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NPI is the only business networking organization to offer a 100% money back guarantee. If you do not receive enough referral business or derive savings from doing business within your first year with other NPI members to recover your membership fee of $365, NPI will refund your money. In order to qualify for this refund you must fulfill the membership requirements.

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Our business networking groups and chapters are organized, committed professionals. Business networking requires a strong commitment to excellence on the part of the members of each business networking group to pass referrals consistently each and every week. We require regular attendance at the weekly business networking meetings that we organize and a structured format that each chapter follows to ensure that whether you attend one of our meetings in St. Petersburg or Seminole you have the same structured business networking environment and dedicated team of business owners and entrepreneurs working as a team to grow each others business.

If you are looking to make connections, get qualified business leads and referrals for your business or grow your network of professionals you found the best vehicle to do it in business networking groups and especially Network Professionals Inc.

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Social Networking Sites Defined

Web-based social networking services offer a way for individuals or groups to create a profile of themselves, then share that profile with other members of the social networking community.

When people talk about a computer network they generally are referring to a group of computer systems linked together. Within the network each computer system or device is called a node. The idea behind a social network is similar, only the nodes are generally individuals, groups or organizations.

What Are Social Networking Sites

Social networking services, also called social networking sites (SNS), are designed to build upon interactions to create communities of people online, and provide the required software to do this. Web-based social networking spaces offer a way for individuals or groups to create profiles and share images, videos, thoughts, and other types of posts with other members of the social networking space. The specific site also provides a variety of ways for users to communicate with others within that network, such as instant messaging and chat rooms, e-mail or site mail (used only use through the service), notes and blogs, file sharing, forums or other types of discussion groups, videos, and so on.

Privacy on Social Sites

Many social networking sites today do offer some form of privacy by allowing its users to choose a public, private or limited viewing profile. On some sites two users must both agree to be “friends” before they can see their respective profile information. Other sites may not offer this, but will provide options that let you control how much information can be viewed by other members of the service.

People use social networking sites for many reasons. Some may want an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends, some may use it for business or job searches. Even still others may use it for dating or just to find like-minded individuals online.

The Origins of Social Networking Sites

One of the first social networking Web sites, launched in 1997, was SixDegrees.com. This site started the trend of enabling users to create personal profiles and make lists of their friends. Two years after the fall of SixDegrees, LiveJournal offered authors options to add a list of friends to their profile page. Other early social networking sites include Friendster and online dating service Ryze. MySpace launched in 2003. However, the site didn’t start drawing the attention of the masses until well into 2004, due largely in part to MySpace changes that allowed teenagers to join the social network.

Recommended Reading: This excerpt from the JCMC Special Issue on Social Network Sites provides a historical overview of social networking sites.

Social networking and Security Concerns

Like all Internet technologies, social networking sites also come with their fair share of security concerns, mostly privacy issues. Each social networking service offers its own privacy policy, and it is important to carefully read the policy before creating a membership and adding a profile. The selection below are excerpts from different privacy policies concern areas of interest and provide users with information on how the social networking site will use your information.

“Facebook may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties.”

“We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, Facebook Platform developers and other users of Facebook, to supplement your profile.”

“Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, MySpace will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary: (1) to conform to legal requirements or to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other legal process received by MySpace.com, whether or not a response is required by applicable law. “

“MySpace reserves the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of the sale of MySpace or substantially all of its assets to that successor in interest.”

“Friendster does not have access to or control of the cookies that may be placed on the computer of any Member or other user of the Friendster website by the third-party ad servers or ad networks.”

Friendster Privacy Policy

Today’s Popular Social Networks

Social networking sites are growing by the day. According to Statista, Facebook was the first social network to surpass 1 billion registered accounts while Twitter has over 316 million monthly active accounts.

Not only are established social networking groups growing, but new social networking services are launched with more frequency also. To this end our list of services is by no means a complete list, but it certainly can help you find a good networking site in which to create a profile and start socializing.

  • Affinity Circles (business)
  • Bebo
  • CarDomain
  • Classmates
  • del.icio.us
  • Dogster
  • Doostang (Business)
  • Facebook
  • Flickr (photo)
  • Friendster
  • Hi5
  • Lavalife
  • LinkedIn (business)
  • LiveJournal
  • Meet Me at HOT or NOT
  • Myspace
  • myYearbook
  • Nexopia
  • Ryze
  • StumbleUpon
  • tagged
  • Xing (business)
  • Zoto (photo)

Based in Nova Scotia, Vangie Beal is has been writing about technology for more than a decade. She is a frequent contributor to EcommerceGuide and managing editor at Webopedia. You can tweet her online @AuroraGG.

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2531 – eBizMBA Rank | 10,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1728 – Quantcast Rank | 3197 – Alexa Rank | 2668 – SimilarWeb Rank | Last Updated: July 1, 2017.

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Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. SBN operates as a catalyst to ensure you meet the right people to include in your network and expand your sphere of influence.

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Social media is becoming more powerful today than it was at its inception and as such there are now more social media sites out there than ever before. There are tons of sites that are geared toward certain jobs, areas, and age groups. It helps to understand event marketing definition to be able to move forward in the right direction. Business can benefit now more than ever from social media as more and more sites are becoming business friendly. Small business networking sites and business related networking sites can really give your business a boost. Here are ten sites that are incredibly useful to businesses across the board.

This site is a group of dedicated entrepreneurs and business professionals that are dedicated to helping one another succeed with helpful information, tips, and tricks. Communication on this site is key and can help lead to worthwhile and useful business contacts and information that can help any business go from hum drum to successful in a matter of months.

This site is a networking site that allows professionals to post resumes, talk with one another, and build valuable connections. This site is perfect for both starting business professionals and those that have some experience under their belt.

Business networking groups like this one allow entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, and so much more. The site works to bring professionals from all walks and genres together to create a truly diverse and interesting work place. The site is mainly geared toward those individuals that are starting new ventures and need both support, advice, and information.

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This site was founded as a way for business professionals to get in contact with other professionals. The site works to partner small business owners and entrepreneurs that may want to invest. This is also a great place to share ideas and build valuable business connections. This site and many others like it are called event marketing agency.

This is an online community created by Entrepreneur.com that is geared toward connecting entrepreneurs to one another. The site works to create lasting connections and allows users the chance to talk with one another, share ideas, and network over a large area.

This site encourages mutual success through a vast network of entrepreneurs, business people, and small business owners that can help encourage and offer information for others. This site is a great opportunity for new business owners or those with an idea to start the process of owning their own business. Every new business should be on this business networking sites list.

This site is an ultra enhanced address book that allows users to stay in contact with one another and truly be part of a community. There are tons of great features that make this site great for anyone with a plethora of contacts that needs a succinct and organized way to store, work with, and use their current contacts while gathering new contacts.

This site allows users to organize themselves according to profession, location, and former jobs to help others find one another. This site is great for connecting with other users by being able to simply search to find users that have similar interests and past references.

Business networking sites like Linkedln offers businesses the chance to become acquainted with other business professionals. It offers users the chance to peruse thousands of profiles, find potential employees, other professionals, and even business partners. This site is great for those that want tons of information at their fingertips. Being a business does not mean that you have to completely get out of social media. Social media offers businesses a chance to share their interests, knowledge and more.

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