If you’re new to WiFi or used to deploying access points for large enterprises, the word “controller-less” might be confusing. Traditionally to manage access points across a business, a separate piece of hardware referred to as a “controller” would be installed along with the access points and router. This controller typically would live in the server room and monitor, analyze, and update the access points across the deployment. In some cases the hardware controller would provide firewall features for added protection as well. At the time, when wireless technology was still relatively new this was a convenient way to manage all access points in a streamlined manner.
It is no secret that the way we communicate is changing – especially in the workplace. 20 years ago, internal processes within a business were focused on communicating knowledge and plans to employees to ensure everyone is on the same page. This model was based on a few key stakeholders making decisions and relaying those decisions to employees through internal communication programs such as email or print newsletters, memos or staff meetings. Businesses did not have tools to allow them to maximize their time and employee contributions by collaborating efficiently and productively. Traditionally, the only communication options most businesses had were phone calls and in-person meetings, the first of which creates a strange dynamic that ignores non-verbal communications, the latter of which limits efficiency and productivity at the expense of a meeting.
Raise your hand if you’ve recently attended a webinar or online meeting. Just last week I attended 3 online meetings and 1 webinar. Chances are, you’ve probably been to a few yourself. That got me thinking: video conferencing is not just a commodity anymore, but rather a standard medium of business communications. For that reason, I gathered a list of growing trends that prove VC is disrupting the industry and why this medium is becoming a standard in the way we communicate.
Over the last couple of months we have indirectly covered many different facets of Grandstream’s solutions that make them ideal for service providers. Our large portfolio of award-winning IP phones offer the ideal model and price point for every type of user. We have also highlighted the many ways our solutions can be integrated with each other to allow them all to add more value and functionality at no extra cost. For this blog post, we are going to dig a little deeper into the many features, programs and initiatives that Grandstream offers that allow us to partner with service providers across the world and empower them to succeed.
I sat down with Mike Magers, Integrator for Voiceconnex who was recently featured in one of our case studies to talk about why they chose Grandstream. I wanted to touch base and learn how working more closely with Grandstream has helped to grow businesses like Voiceconnex. First established in Missouri in 1979, they have been working with Grandstream Networks deployments since 2010 and expanded their business throughout the US, Canada and Mexico with a focus on school district deployments. Mike wanted to further discuss the details of the case study and share tips for success.
You’re working on a report, suddenly half way through your data input, the screen freezes and with it the ability to save or retrieve your work. You sit there, frantically watching your unsaved work disappear, and just like that, Microsoft sends off an error message that your “program ended unexpectedly”. You can say that again. Too often we’ve all experienced this. Fortunately, companies like Microsoft have developed a series of recovery options that help ease program interruptions and the loss of unsaved data. Just like this scenario, system failures anywhere are inevitable and that’s why developing a backup and failover solution is critical to any business.
Grandstream’s GDS3710 is a great addition to our portfolio, allowing you to track, manage, and record access to offices, warehouses, apartments, and more. It also includes a built-in IP Intercom. While it’s likely self-explanatory that the GDS integrates with surveillance equipment (such as our GVRs) it may be surprising to know that you can control door access by integrating your Grandstream GXP and GXV series Phones with the GDS. We use this feature in our headquarters all the time, and it’s so convenient! So, I thought I’d use today’s blog to talk about its setup so you can enjoy the ease of seeing who is at the door, directly from your desktop.
The fall season in New England is commonly a time for reflection, the change of season seems to inspire this need to ponder and prepare for the coming year. Considering all of Grandstream’s accomplishments over the last year I thought this blog post would be a good time to take a look back and reflect on the past year.
Internet used to be a measly dial up connection that only a handful of families had access to at home. Now dial up is no longer in existence, and just about any device you can think of comes WiFi enabled from refrigerators to door locks. We use more WiFi than ever before and expect to have it while grocery shopping, while at work, and even on airplane trips.
This year Grandstream is celebrating our 15th anniversary. In 2002 our founders set out to build what ended up being some of the first SIP devices anywhere in the world. They were looking to take advantage of what was at the time a new technology fad known as “Voice over internet protocol.” In 2003, the first official Grandstream products hit the market: the BT100, a simple IP phone, and the HT286, a 1-line Analog Telephone Adapter.