NetEqualizer News: November 2012


November 2012

Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we talk about the release of our new User Guide that accompanies the 6.0 Software Update, discuss lessons learned from our recent Technical Seminar at Washington University – St. Louis, and reiterate our big savings on shipping deal for international customers. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in NetEqualizer News.

A message from Art…
Art Reisman, CTO – APconnections

In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Tuesday of November. At this time of year, we celebrate by having a huge meal with friends and family, which I try to reduce the impact of by running a 5k in the morning. We also pause to count our blessings and give thanks for all that we have. So, it is only appropriate to take a moment to THANK YOU, our loyal customers! I am grateful for your business, and hope to continue to earn it each and every day!

We love it when we hear back from you – so if you have a story you would like to share with us of how we have helped you, let us know. Email me directly at art@apconnections.net. I would love to hear from you!

New User Guide Now Available

We have completed the User Guide for the 6.0 Software Update, so the update is now officially GA!

Contact us today if you have not yet upgraded! The process is quick and easy, and you’ll love our new GUI and feature offerings.

Once you upgrade, check out the 6.0 User Guide to learn more about our newer additions, including:

Smart Connection Limits: Utilize a fairer model for limiting connections to clamp down on P2P.

Professional User Quota API: A GUI interface to help configure user quotas.

Email Notifications: Have alerts sent to an email account of your choice.

The new GUI is also now compatible with all common browsers, including Internet Explorer 9.0+.

As always, the 6.0 Software Update will be available at no charge to customers with valid NetEqualizer Software Subscriptions (NSS).

For more information on the NetEqualizer or the upcoming release, visit our blog or contact us at:

sales@apconnections.net

-or-

toll-free U.S. (888-287-2492),

worldwide (303) 997-1300 x. 103.


BIG Savings on Shipping

Our Halloween shipping deal is still on!

As part of the celebration, we want to offer a shipping credit for all of our international customers! This means that we will ship anywhere in the world and apply a maximum $275 credit toward shipping costs.

From now until December 1, 2012, take advantage of this great savings opportunity!

For more information on the Halloween shipping promotion, contact us at:

sales@apconnections.net


Midwest Technical Seminar – What We Learned: Why NetEqualizer may be the killer application for those stubborn wireless dead spots

We had a great day meeting with customers at our latest Technical Seminar, held recently at the beautiful Washington University campus in St. Louis.

While the primary purpose of these meetings is to impart technical knowledge to customers, we love that we get to learn a lot too. Here are two major takeaways from this seminar:

1) NetEqualizer may be the killer application for those stubborn wireless dead spots: One of our major discussions during the meeting surrounded wireless access points and inevitable dead spots – despite spending countless hours adding and placing AP’s. This is a common problem for situations in which additional users are flooding the network. It turns out that NetEqualizer may be the best way to get rid of the issue. Check out our blog article on improving wireless network quality:

More Ideas on How to Improve Wireless Network Quality

2) Layer 7 shaping is dead: The effectiveness of Layer 7 shaping as a method to arbitrate bandwidth in the future was also discussed. As encrypted traffic over SSL becomes the norm, traditional Layer 7 approaches are becoming more and more useless. In order to remain a viable solution, Layer 7 shaping providers are having customers install decryption modules so that traffic can be analyzed. There are multiple issues with this approach, which we have detailed in this blog article:

Layer 7 Application Shaping Dying with Increased SSL

Thanks to everyone who came out for our seminar, and stay tuned to NetEqualizer News for details about our Technical Seminar!


Best Of The Blog

Wired Bandwidth Prices, and What to Expect in the Future

By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections

Editor’s note: This article is an opinion piece. Do you have your own ideas about this topic? Email me, or comment on our blog!

Bandwidth prices traditionally have a very regional component, and your experience may vary, but in the US there is a really good chance you can get quite a bit more bandwidth for a much lower price than what it would have cost you a few years ago.

To site one example, we have a customer that contracts Internet services to supply several large residential housing units. Currently, commercial class business Internet service for 50 megabits runs $120 per month, which is the same price they were paying for 10 megabits 3 years ago…

Photo Of The Month

Colors of Fall

During the transition from fall to winter, the trees in Colorado undergo a beautiful transformation. Within a few weeks, they will have gone from summer green, to yellow, orange, and red, before eventually falling off until spring.

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