GE-Ctrls has partnered with industry leading OEMs such as Cisco, D-Link, and Netgear to offer its clients robust enterprise-level networking solutions. We offer several different IT networking technology solutions to suit your specific requirements:
Passive and Active Network Components
Active Network Components - Examples of active components include:
Network Switches are the basic components of an IP Network to which all network endpoints, such as computers and printers, connect. They switch (distribute) the data received from one network node to another. Network switches come in a variety of configurations of ports and maximum speeds with some ports even capable of supporting Power over Ethernet (POE).
Layer 3 Switches are specialized hardware combining the duties of a switch and a router and are used in network routing. They help improve the routing performance on especially large local area networks (LANs) such as corporate intranets and so are commonly used to support routing between virtual LANs (VLANs). Layer 3 switches have several benefits such as lower network latency, simplified security management, and improved fault isolation.
Passive Network Components - Several types of passive components are used in IP networks:
Cat 6 Un-shielded Twisted Pair (UTP) Copper Cables are network cables that connect a PC/ endpoint to a network switch. They are also used sometimes to provide inter-connectivity between switches but only over very short distances.
Cat 6 UTP Patch Cords are factory crimped cables with RJ-45 connectors at both ends. The patch cords terminate on both the network switch and the PC/endpoint devices and connect to the Cat 6 Network cable through an I/O Box and UTP patch panel.
Network Racks, either wall mounted or floor standing models, are used for housing network equipment such as servers, switches, routers, etc. The most common is a 19-inch form factor for these racks and come with a glass door, lock and key, trays, power supplies, fans for cooling, cable managers to neatly carry cables through them and other accessories.
Optical Fiber Cables use light to transmit data unlike UTP cables which use electric signals for this purpose. They are capable of carrying data for longer distances without the need for repeating the signals. Two types of cables are available: Single Mode (for higher bandwidth requirements over longer distances) and Multi Mode (for shorter distances). They usually come in multiples of 6 cores (with 6, 12, and 24 core being common) with each connection using two cores – one for transmitting data and the other for receiving it.
Fiber Patch Panel/ Patch Cords: Optical fiber cables are terminated at either end using the Fiber Patch Panel, Pigtails and Coupler assembly. A Fiber Patch Cord connects to the Patch Panel and the Fiber interface of the Network Switch.
WiFi technology makes use of radio waves to provide wireless local area network connectivity for devices based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. WiFi connections are established using a wireless adapter to create hotspots (areas in the vicinity of a wireless router with a typical range of about 20 meters indoors and a greater range outdoors) to allow users to wirelessly access internet services. Almost all devices that we use in our modern day lives, whether at home or at work, make use of WiFi technology. Such devices include computers, smartphones, cameras, smart TVs, modern printers, etc.
Local Area Networks (LAN)
A local area network (LAN) is a group of interconnected computers and other devices that covers a limited geographic area, such as an office, residence, or commercial establishment, that share a common communications line or wireless link to a locally-managed server. Computers and other devices use a LAN connection to share resources such as printer and network storage.
LAN networks comprise of cables, switches, routers, etc. that let users connect to internal servers, websites and even other LANs via wide area networks (WAN). Ethernet and Wi-Fi are the two most common transmission technologies used for LANs.
Wide Area Networks (WAN)
A wide area network (WAN) is a computer/telecommunications network that covers a larger geographic area than a LAN and generally involves leased telecommunication circuits or Internet links. It permits an organization to perform its work regardless of location.
WAN networks comprise of devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, modems, etc. and typically use TCP/IP protocol (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) of the Internet.
Hybrid WAN technology is increasingly becoming popular in the IT networking industry. It is a method to connect two or more geographically dispersed WANs by sending traffic over multiple connections, making use of private leased lines in concert with public Internet connections. Thus, hybrid WANs give entities with geographically dispersed branch offices a more versatile and cost-effective means of connecting their offices while still having a dedicated link to send sensitive data. Moreover, by routing traffic over multiple links enterprises will have adequate bandwidth to lower the impact of geographic distance on the performance of real-time applications and services.
Software-defined WAN technology is used to connect enterprise networks – including branch offices and data centers – over large geographic distances.
Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON)
Passive optical networks (PON), also called fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) or fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), are fiber-optic access networks that implement a point-to-multipoint architecture. Passive (unpowered) components called splitters enable a single optical fiber to serve multiple end-points (customers) without the need for individual fibers between the hub (provider’s central office) and each customer. Thus, when compared to point-to-point architectures that use active components such as amplifiers, repeaters, etc., PON reduce the amount of central office equipment and fiber required which translates into significantly lower costs.
Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON) are capable of higher bandwidth capacity and efficiency – the industry standard is 2.488 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of downstream bandwidth, and 1.244 Gb/s of upstream bandwidth. Thus, GPON are capable of supporting triple play services and enable long-reach (up to 20km) service coverage.
GPON are thus the ideal solution for mass‐market fiber deployments at the lowest possible cost, and time to deployment while permitting maximum flexibility. The rising demand for faster Internet and video has created greater demand GPON. Today, GPON is recognized the world over as a key mature network technology and is the fastest growing of the PON technologies.
Features and benefits of GPON over active Ethernet:
Higher total bandwidth: Delivers 2.488 Gb/s downstream, 1.244 Gb/s upstream.
Supports triple play: Delivers HDTV, Internet and VoIP phone services over the same platform.
Long-reach service coverage of up to 20km.
Optical fiber is resilient to spurious signal interference.
Cheaper to install due to fewer equipment and cabling requirements and low cost of passive components.
Lower maintenance: Passive components imply simpler systems with fewer components that can fail or require maintenance.
Easier network management for providers.
Better user experience for customers.
Environment friendly: Uses > 50% less power than equivalent copper cable systems.
Future‐proof access network technology that is flexible, scalable and upgradable.
Find out which IT Networking technology is the best solution for your needs by contacting us today. Our team will work closely with you to analyze your needs and develop a customized solution.