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Wi-Fi growth set to drive sales of new Ethernet speeds

Growing demand for faster enterprise wireless LANs is expected to drive sales of Wi-Fi gear and a new type of Ethernet for connecting next-generation access points.

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Free and cheap ways to learn about network administration

These nine self-taught labs give you hands-on experience with various networking tasks -- and most don't cost anything.

Dell and HP are moving to help carriers virtualize networks

The next frontier for virtualization and standard x86 servers is in service-provider networks, and big vendors are moving fast to blaze the trail.

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FCC questions how to enforce net neutrality rules

Groups disagree on how the agency should apply any regulations it might pass

Software bugs most common cause for mobile Internet outages, study says

The outages affected 1.4 million user connections on average per incident

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NTT tests 400Gbps optical technology for Internet backbone

NTT has successfully tested technology for optical Internet backbone connections that can transmit 400Gbps on a single wavelength.

FCC chairman wants more high-speed broadband competition

U.S. residents lack meaningful choices for broadband providers that offer 25Mbps or faster download speeds, so the FCC will push for more competition, the agency's chairman said Thursday.

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FCC told to leave state laws against municipal broadband intact

The FCC is being urged to stay out of the way of states that have passed laws prohibiting or limiting city-funded broadband networks that compete with private services.

SAP, a devices company? Patent application points that way

While SAP has made a big push into mobile software and device management, it hasn't made overt moves into the devices market -- yet.

But it looks so nice now!

It's summer, the time of year at this large wholesale plant nursery when business is slow and supervisors decide to spiff up their work areas, reports an IT pilot fish there. "Shortly after this particular office's re-do, we...

Like he said, he didn't see it

This sales organization has older users scattered around the country, which makes IT support a challenge, says a pilot fish on the job. "We use Joinme to connect to their PCs to assist with any desktop related issues," fish says....

22-carat catch-22

This jewelry store keeps reporting that its employees can't connect to the Internet -- and this field engineer pilot fish keeps getting sent out by the telco to fix the problem. "It's been going on once a week for about three...

Is it pretty? No. But safe? Yeah, pretty much.

It's a few years ago, and this office needs an expedient way to send documents to another office in the same building, reports a pilot fish on the scene. "Office A's fax machine was often quite tied up, and email implementation...

OK, that part HASN'T changed

This IT pilot fish was a manager for years, but after the recession hits he finds himself back in a hands-on support job -- and that's not the only change. "In a cost-cutting measure, the company I ended up working for has...

The #1 backup network: still Sneakernet

IT pilot fish working for an educational program gets a call late one evening from an employee who says the Internet has stopped working. And fish has some experience with this user. "I asked her a couple of questions to determine...

Juniper to cut more than 500 jobs, close facilities

Juniper Networks will lay off about 6% of its workforce and back out of application delivery controllers as part of a restructuring intended to cut costs and focus the company on markets where it can grow fast.

You know, that OTHER Asia

It's just a few years ago, and this pilot fish works for a big Silicon Valley software company that sells its wares around the world. "I was traveling through Southeast Asia," says fish. "My VPN connections back to the head office...

The $13 accessory every Chromebook owner should carry

It's been years since I've traveled with any computer other than a Chromebook. For the kind of work I do on the go (and at home, for that matter), Chrome OS is perfect for my needs: It's fast, light, and hassle-free -- and it makes...

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