The Alphabet Soup of VoIP

If you have read some of our older blog posts, you may realize that we at Core Networks are fans of VoIP. However, if you have stumbled across our blog to read some of our newer posts, you probably don’t understand what VoIP is, other than some fancy type of telephone. In future posts I plan to explain just what VoIP is, but first, we must first have some foundations to build on. There is an alphabet soup of tech-y terms surrounding VoIP, and in this post we’re going to examine those terms.

VoIP Phone
VoIP Phone

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MAC vs IP Address

I figured I’d give you all a break from malware and talk about something different.  In that spirit, I’m doing a little post about IP addresses and MAC addresses.  I’m going explain the difference between MAC and IP addresses by starting with question: “What is an IP address?”

IP address stands for Internet Protocol address, while MAC address stands for Media Access Control address.  That probably means nothing for those that are not tech-savvy, and trying to explain them by discussing things like network identification will just be confusing.  Instead, I am going to explain them by comparing them to cars.

IP Address Windows Configuration
IP Address Windows Configuration

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5 Ways a VoIP System Can Immediately Help Streamline Your Business

Even with the remarkable benefits of VoIP systems, there are still a large number of businesses that are using landline phones. The modern world of internet and high-speed data has made a significant difference for businesses, especially when it comes to modern communication. Cloud hosted systems, or VoIP services are the most common choices, for businesses that are shifting from regular landlines. If you’re still unsure about the possible ways a VoIP can help your business, here are 5 ways it can immediately help streamline your business: Continue reading “5 Ways a VoIP System Can Immediately Help Streamline Your Business”

5 Easy Computer Maintenance Steps

Just as it’s a good idea to periodically clean out closets and other areas of your home, your computer needs de-cluttering attention as well. This not only makes it easier for you to find files when you need them, but can also speed up the computer performance.

1. Check for Viruses

If you do not have an antivirus installed and set to regularly check your system, make it your first priority to install an antivirus. Not all viruses put out obvious signals like the Blue Screen of Death; some can lurk in the background, slowing down your computer’s operations or running malware without your knowledge.

2. Use a Disk Cleaner

Disk cleaners clean your system looking for files you don’t use, particularly useless temporary ones. Such files won’t impact how your programs work, and they just take up valuable space and can even make your computer run slower than it should.

3. Organize Your Files

If you have long lists of files, try grouping them into folders. This will save you a lot of time when looking for something in particular and also makes your storage more aesthetically pleasing.

4. Toss Unnecessary Programs

You’ve likely tested out programs and decided they weren’t for you or even grown tired of them. There’s no reason to keep them. Go into your Control Panel and select Programs to see everything that’s on your computer. Uninstall the ones you can readily identify as ones you no longer want or need, and leave the ones you don’t recognize alone in case they are important.

5. Clean Your Web History and Cookies

Over time, all the little data records of where you’ve been while surfing the web accrue, and can greatly slow the functioning of your computer. Deleting your web history, including cookies, is something you should not be doing just during Spring cleaning, but on a regular basis to keep your computer operating at optimum speed.

Backup Software Upgrade

CORE Networks has always had a strong emphasis on contingency planning and data backup.  That is why we’ve offered a backup solution to our clients from day one.  We’ve upgraded numerous times throughout the years to keep up with all the latest backup technologies and features.  We’re doing it again, upgrading to a new and improved CORE Networks remote data backup client software!

Our latest version will backup and recover data faster than any of our previous versions.  In addition, it will lower the backup costs for our loyal clients via a different pricing structure.

We’ve been anticipating this change for a few months and are happy to announce the successful release of our latest version.  Join in our celebration and ensure your critical business files are secure.