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BT Business Hub

Restart Procedure

If you are experiencing network or broadband issues, often a complete restart of your equipment will resolve these issues. We would turn the equipment off and back on in the following order: Shutdown (not sleep or hibernate) all desktop PCs and laptops Turn off all printers Turn off any network attached hard drives Log into ... read more

Posted in Broadband, Wired Networks, Wireless Networks on 12th July 2014


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Running CAT5 and CT100 Cable

Here’s Charlie running CAT5 cable for the networking requirements of a barn conversion in Rye. We also put down the TV and Satellite CT100 cable whilst we were at it. Always best to run cables so they can be hidden in walls and ceilings! ... read more

Posted in Wired Networks on 14th June 2014


BT Business Hub

Using Old Routers as Access Points

If you have black spots in your WiFi network and want to have a better wireless coverage you may be able to do so without spending as much as you thought! Most people have a cupboard or drawer full of old computer equipment and if you have an old wireless router that you no longer ... read more

Posted in Wireless Networks on 27th September 2013


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Apple Time Machine and RAID

One of our clients have several MacBooks and iMacs and required a central backup solution that was protected with a mirrored RAID 1 array. RAID is a common method for combining several hard drives that can either be duplicated (mirrored) or joined (striped) or both. The benefits for mirroring drives are that if one drive ... read more

Posted in Apple Servicing, Backup Solutions, Wired Networks on 10th July 2013


Secure Your Data

Protecting a Public WiFi Network

This is a bit of a catch 22 situation. Our client has a coffee house in Rye and wants to provide free WiFi to its clients by giving them the password to the wireless network. However, they have recently been hit with a £70 broadband bill when their bandwidth was exceeded by 40Gb! Even though ... read more

Posted in Wireless Networks on 25th June 2013


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Rye Museum Kiosk Terminals

We have just serviced the two old computers in the East Street Rye Museum site. The machines were used to allow their visitors to browse www.ryemuseum.co.uk but had been turned off for years as the machines had become so slow and the WiFi network was unreliable. When we serviced the desktops we found they just ... read more

Posted in Desktop Repairs, Desktop Servicing, Wired Networks, Wireless Networks on 11th April 2013


Hotel-WiFi

12th Century WiFi Installation

We always enjoy the diametric irony of installing WiFi in old buildings, wondering what the original inhabitants would have made of the technology. Setting up a network in the famous 12th century Mermaid Inn was particularly satisfying in this regard. We used a combination of three Netgear WG103 business access points and the existing router’s ... read more

Posted in Wireless Networks on 19th November 2012


3g WiFi Router

3G Mobile Broadband WiFi

For those in broadband black spots desperately looking for a reliable internet alternative to conventional landline ADSL, check out your local 3G coverage. We setup a directional panel antenna for a client near Maidstone that points at his nearest 3G mast (you can find the locations of your nearest masts here). This antenna was mounted ... read more

Posted in Broadband, Wired Networks, Wireless Networks on 5th October 2012


Mansion WiFi

Country Mansion WiFi

Installing a wireless network in such a large old building, especially one that looks like a castle was quite strange. We’re pretty sure the original owners didn’t have WiFi in mind when they had the place built! Nonetheless we’ve setup five Netgear wireless access points to cover the required areas so that residents can easily ... read more

Posted in Wireless Networks on 26th April 2012


Network Tools

Tools of the Trade

Today we tested and repaired five faulty network sockets at a hotel in Rye. Diagnosing wired network issues efficiently and repairing them requires a unique set of tools which we always have to hand. We were able to locate the missplaced pairs and swap them back very quickly. We were also able to find the ... read more

Posted in Wired Networks on 5th March 2012