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What Is a Cloud Solution for Managing Networks?

The term “cloud solution” uses many names, including cloud services or cloud computing. Generally speaking, a cloud solution is any resource that can be accessed on-demand over the internet—for example, Google Docs or online storage. But knowing what a cloud solution...
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How to Set Up Cisco Meraki Dashboard Yourself in 6 Steps

Cisco Meraki’s dashboard for managing your entire end-to-end network infrastructure in one platform (from anywhere) is the solution you’ve been seeking.  But should you do it yourself? Or should you call in a professional? We’ll review, step-by-step, how to set up...

Faceoff: Meraki Enterprise vs. Advanced Licenses

Sports, film, and history all have something in common—faceoffs. Opponents standing eye-to-eye before fighting with all their might to win is a basic human instinct.  Discussing famous faceoffs right now would be fun (Jaguar vs. Aston Martin in Great Britain, Alfred...
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Getting the Equipment You Need: Where Can You Buy Cisco Meraki Products?

Contrary to what a casual customer might think, you can’t just waltz into a big-box electronics store and buy Cisco Meraki products. Cisco Meraki is a premium brand—only specialized dealers can give you the breadth of benefits their products offer with the customized...
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Comparison Guide: Aruba vs. Meraki Switches

Your business is scaling, and you need a network that can keep up with growing demands. You need a strong foundation on which to build new technologies to meet future business needs. You also need to cut the complexity and stop spending so much time troubleshooting....
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A How-To Guide for Using a Router as a Switch

Yes, you can use a router as a switch…in certain situations. What are those situations, and why would you want to use a router as a switch?  Stratus Information Systems is here to guide you through the path of a dozen steps to victory. Let’s first cover a few basics....
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Cisco Switches: Campus vs. Branch Networks

It can be a little confusing when selecting Cisco Switches. Should you choose one for a campus network or a branch network? Is there really a difference? Does it even matter?  Get to know the basics of switches a bit better first. Or, skip straight to learning what’s...
What's a Cisco Meraki Access Point?

What’s a Cisco Meraki Access Point, and Why is It Better Than Other Brands?

Cisco Meraki Access Points are the most powerful, intuitive wireless solution to deploy, configure, and manage. With their dynamic analytics, you’ll get a smarter and safer network with unparalleled visibility and control.   If you’re already familiar with access...
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Firewall FAQs: Is Cisco Meraki a Firewall? Which Firewall Does My Business Need?

Chances are, you’ve got the above two questions on your mind—otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. So let’s get straight to the answers so you can get back to your other demanding duties.  We’ll then move on to other FAQs for those of you who want more answers to your...
Mobile Device Management

What Is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a policy-based, administration-friendly software application that simplifies control and grants visibility over every network-connected endpoint.  To work, every employee installs an MDM client application (such as Cisco Meraki MDM)...
How to Set Up Cisco Meraki Dashboard Yourself in 6 Steps

How to Set Up Cisco Meraki Dashboard Yourself in 6 Steps

Cisco Meraki’s dashboard for managing your entire end-to-end network infrastructure in one platform (from anywhere) is the solution you’ve been seeking.  But should you do it yourself? Or should you call in a professional? We’ll review, step-by-step, how to set up...

Faceoff: Meraki Enterprise vs. Advanced Licenses

Faceoff: Meraki Enterprise vs. Advanced Licenses

Sports, film, and history all have something in common—faceoffs. Opponents standing eye-to-eye before fighting with all their might to win is a basic human instinct.  Discussing famous faceoffs right now would be fun (Jaguar vs. Aston Martin in Great Britain, Alfred...

Comparison Guide: Aruba vs. Meraki Switches

Comparison Guide: Aruba vs. Meraki Switches

Your business is scaling, and you need a network that can keep up with growing demands. You need a strong foundation on which to build new technologies to meet future business needs. You also need to cut the complexity and stop spending so much time troubleshooting....

A How-To Guide for Using a Router as a Switch

A How-To Guide for Using a Router as a Switch

Yes, you can use a router as a switch…in certain situations. What are those situations, and why would you want to use a router as a switch?  Stratus Information Systems is here to guide you through the path of a dozen steps to victory. Let’s first cover a few basics....

Cisco Switches: Campus vs. Branch Networks

Cisco Switches: Campus vs. Branch Networks

It can be a little confusing when selecting Cisco Switches. Should you choose one for a campus network or a branch network? Is there really a difference? Does it even matter?  Get to know the basics of switches a bit better first. Or, skip straight to learning what’s...

What Is Mobile Device Management?

What Is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a policy-based, administration-friendly software application that simplifies control and grants visibility over every network-connected endpoint.  To work, every employee installs an MDM client application (such as Cisco Meraki MDM)...

Seriously, Do I Need WiFi 6? Is It Worth the Upgrade?

Seriously, Do I Need WiFi 6? Is It Worth the Upgrade?

WiFi 6 (an industry certification for the new wireless standard 802.11ax) is faster, more stable, and better at managing multiple connections than WiFi 5. But do you need WiFi 6? Is it really worth the effort, time, and cost to upgrade?  We’re not here to convince you...

What Is SASE? Pros, Cons, and Best Use Case Scenarios

What Is SASE? Pros, Cons, and Best Use Case Scenarios

Evolving and emerging enterprises depend less and less on private data centers, instead opting for all the cloud has to offer. Why? Because its inherent remote control grants IT professionals overlord status of their networks. But there are some problems to this...

How to Set Up Mesh WiFi: A Complete Mesh Wireless Guide

How to Set Up Mesh WiFi: A Complete Mesh Wireless Guide

No matter who you are, slow internet speeds are maddening. Slow equals missed opportunities, unproductive work time, and a drop in revenue.  Let’s get to the root of the issue—why is your internet so slow in the first place? Traditional routers can only reach so far....

Why Your Business Needs Cloud Managed Security Cameras

Why Your Business Needs Cloud Managed Security Cameras

Security cameras are a simple but significant way for businesses to increase the safety of their inventory, their employees, and their customers. However, the landscape of security has grown tenfold since the days of CCTV cameras. While giving business owners peace of...

How to Make the Most of Your Meraki Dashboard

How to Make the Most of Your Meraki Dashboard

The Meraki dashboard, included with the Cisco Meraki wireless access points and switches, allows you to manage all of your security, switching, wireless, cameras, and IoT devices through the cloud. Meraki's products make network management processes more efficient and...

Cisco Meraki Licenses: When & Why You Need One

Cisco Meraki Licenses: When & Why You Need One

If your organization uses any Cisco Meraki products, it needs a valid license to operate. Assigning, transferring, and renewing Meraki licenses can be tricky, but authorized Meraki partners like us can make the process easy. Meraki currently offers two licensing...

Understanding Business Mobility

Understanding Business Mobility

Also known as enterprise mobility, business mobility at its most basic is the ability to work remotely, which has become an increasingly critical part of running a modern business. The onset of the COVID-19 crisis accelerated the move toward allowing more remote and...

Enterprise Networking 101

Enterprise Networking 101

Enterprise networking, simply put, is the physical and virtual structure of a network and how the various software, hardware, and protocols work together to connect users and share data. Every organization has varying needs when it comes to customizing its enterprise...

Why Use a Meraki Reseller?

Why Use a Meraki Reseller?

It’s simple: using a Meraki reseller enables your company to utilize secure and scalable networks that can be managed from anywhere. Cisco Meraki is the gold standard for cloud-managed network needs, including increased security and mobile use. A Meraki reseller makes...

Wi-Fi 5 vs. Wi-Fi 6: What’s the Difference?

Wi-Fi 5 vs. Wi-Fi 6: What’s the Difference?

Wi-Fi 6, dubbed "the next generation of Wi-Fi," began its arrival in 2019, and throughout 2020 more devices became capable of supporting Wi-Fi 6. The question for many business owners is, well, what’s the difference in Wi-Fi 5 vs Wi-Fi 6? Technically, Wi-Fi 6 is the...

What is Enterprise Mobility Management?

What is Enterprise Mobility Management?

Enterprise mobility management (EMM), also known as Mobile Device Management (MDM), simply put, is the combination of processes, technologies, and people that allow their IT department to monitor devices, track performance, enforce network security, and generally...

Choosing the Right Meraki Router

Choosing the Right Meraki Router

Choosing a new Meraki router, or any router for that matter, may seem like a complicated process at first; but in reality, there are two main factors you should consider to help simplify the process: the size of the router (to accommodate device usage) and any...

Enterprise Mesh WiFi Explained

Enterprise Mesh WiFi Explained

For medium to large-size enterprise businesses, wireless connectivity demands can quickly outpace solutions that work fine for smaller businesses. Running cords to every single corner of the business can be expensive, impractical, or even impossible, necessitating a...

Meraki Switches: Are They Right for Your Business?

Meraki Switches: Are They Right for Your Business?

Switches work as connection hubs, one-stop sources for connected real-time data across a company network. When working specifically with Meraki switches, there is an added layer of control: instead of monitoring the efficacy of singular protocols, all of them are...

Switch vs Router? How to Decide What Your Business Needs

Switch vs Router? How to Decide What Your Business Needs

Switch vs. Router: Does Your Business Need One, the Other, or Both? While network switches and routers are essential and similar-looking pieces of network equipment, they perform different functions. To further complicate matters, many network specialists use the...

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