Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Netsys Ethernet Extender

I had the task of setting up an off site network at an unfamiliar location this week.  I had to hook up to a cable modem nearly a mile away.  The company we were working with provided a brand new, out of the box Netsys Ethernet HyperXtender Plus Kit (NVF-200EKIT).  It can extend an ethernet link over a single pair of copper lines at speeds of 25, 15, and 5 Mbps.  We hooked up at 5 Mbps, which was fine, and we were off and running.  I was surprised at how well the device performed and how easy it was to setup.  Cost was pretty reasonable, too (although I didn't buy them, the company providing the site did).  So far it is supporting 10 users all with VPN connections and running flawlessly.  If you are interested, the link to their site and the extender is here:
It comes as a pair, so you only have to buy one kit to get going, which kinda sweetens the deal.  I hope this helps you if you are looking around at Black Box and others for such a device.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Blogging about technology...


This is my first blog and I hope you decide to stick around.  I have been in the IT business for around 10 years and have always wanted to share my experiences with more than just friends and colleagues.  I think people will be receptive to thoughts and comments from someone who is on the front lines and not bankrolled by advertisers and paid reviews.  Just my thoughts, tips, tricks and unbiased reviews.  Hope you decide to check back and pick up a few useful tidbits!