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Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager

Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager
Hiker, snowboarder and biker. Avid Dungeons & Dragons player by night, IP tech and communications marketer by day.

Recent Posts

Introducing the GWN7800 Series of Layer 2+ Network Switches

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Jan 24, 2023

Over the past several years, Grandstream's portfolio of products has been gradually widening to offer installers and IT decision-makers the ability to create a comprehensive IT infrastructure of IP phones, IP PBXs, facility management devices, Wi-Fi equipment, and more. It is after a much-anticipated wait that we are introducing our first line of switches, the GWN7800 Series. The GWN7800 series are Layer 2+ managed network switches that allow small-to-medium enterprises to build scalable, secure, high-performance, and smart business networks that are accessible from the cloud. By reading this blog post, you'll learn about the technical capabilities of the GWN7800 series, key competitive features, deployment scenarios, and other important information you'll need to sell and deploy these devices. 

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Topics: Networking

How to Use Grandstream Device Management System and UCM RemoteConnect Together

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Oct 26, 2022

Grandstream Device Management System (GDMS) and UCM RemoteConnect empower installers with a cloud-based solution to easily manage all of their Grandstream IP PBX and IP endpoint deployments before, during, and after the project. These platforms come together to allow an installer to not only manage the entirety of a client's solution from the cloud but also to expand that deployment network to remote employees or satellite offices by utilizing UCM RemoteConnect. Within this blog post, we're going to be covering how GDMS and UCM RemoteConnect come together to offer a game-changing Grandstream configuration and management solution for installers. In order to get started, create an account on GDMS. UCM RemoteConnect is also accessed through the GDMS platform account.

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Topics: GDMS, UCM series IP PBXs

Getting to Know Grandstream's GWN Access Points

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Sep 15, 2022

Grandstream's Wi-Fi access point solution has evolved over the years. From our first Wi-Fi access point, the GWN7610, to our newer wide range of Wi-Fi 6 APs, our GWN devices are being utilized by clients worldwide and are helping businesses, schools, and governments provide powerful wireless networks to their users. If you are new to our GWN series, with over 14 Wi-Fi access points, three deployment configuration and management platforms, and other solutions to come, it can be a bit daunting to start learning. In this blog post, we'll take a step back from in-depth technical details and look at our GWN series as a whole, examining differentiators, key features, and providing you the introductory knowledge needed to begin working with our GWN access points. 

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Topics: Wi-Fi

How to Create a Captive Portal for the GWN Series

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Feb 15, 2022

A captive portal has a variety of benefits when deployed into a Wi-Fi network. Being able to keep control of who can access the network, provide lead generation for commercial Wi-Fi environments, or ensure the user accepts terms and conditions are all advantages of a captive portal. Setting up a GWN captive portal is an easy process, and the variety of features available means that you can create a captive portal that is ideal for your deployment. Within this blog post, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide to creating a captive portal for the GWN series of Wi-Fi Access Points.

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Topics: Wi-Fi, GWN Series

How to Use UCM RemoteConnect

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Sep 28, 2021

en español

It is impressive to think how technology has changed the way we interact with the electronics around us. The list of devices we can manage from cloud-based interphases is steadily growing and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Lights, home appliances, and much of the technology we use on a day-to-day basis can be managed remotely in one way or another. The solutions that we make at Grandstream are no different. With the creation of Grandstream Device Management System, a Grandstream solution can be configured, provisioned, monitored, and troubleshot from the cloud. UCM RemoteConnect takes this a step further by enabling remote management of a UCM6300 series as well as easily enabling remote work.

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Topics: UCM6300 Ecosystem

GXP and GRP Series of IP Phones Comparison

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Aug 4, 2021

en español

Grandstream’s IP phones are used around the world by businesses, schools, hotels, and ITSPs. They provide a desktop device that is feature-loaded, intuitive to use, and productivity-focused. The GRP2600 Series of Carrier-Grade IP Phones is the newest line of desktop IP phones and offers both essential and professional level devices for a variety of deployment scenarios. As the newest series, our GRP IP phones have advanced capabilities that the GXP Series of IP Phones lacks, and it is important to understand the difference between the two lines when making a purchasing decision. Within this blog post, we’ll be comparing the GXP and GRP series, and explaining where our newest generation of IP phones offer notable improvements.

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Topics: IP phones

How to Manage Your Grandstream Deployments From the Cloud

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Jul 11, 2021

en español

Using GDMS, UCM RemoteConnect, and GWN.Cloud

A typical IT infrastructure deployment has a variety of devices within it that all require provisioning, configuration, and management. Having these pieces of hardware under one brand helps streamline these processes; being able to access these devices from the cloud takes this to the next level. Grandstream’s mission is to connect the world, and this means making top-of-the-line features and technology more affordable and obtainable for small to medium businesses and IT installers. Cloud configuration and management through Grandstream Device Management System, UCM RemoteConnect, and GWN.Cloud is one way that we’ve built more value into our solutions. Within this blog post, you’ll learn how you can manage your Grandstream deployments from the cloud.

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Topics: IP communications, Cloud Management Platform

The Benefits of Wi-Fi 6

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Apr 8, 2021

en español

802.11ax, MU-MIMO, and OFDMA

Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, was released in 2019. It has only now begun to see mainstream adoption as the go-to Wi-Fi standard for Wi-Fi manufacturers and businesses alike. Although it may be more expensive, Wi-Fi 6 access points deliver key advantages over Wi-Fi 5. 801.11ax performs up to 4x better in denser environments than its 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) counterpart. Wi-Fi 6 is also designed to better manage multiple types of Wi-Fi devices that are simultaneously connecting to an access point. Lastly, according to chip manufactures, Wi-Fi 6 delivers up to 3x faster performance.

There are two major Wi-Fi 6 features that we'll be covering in this blog post, which makes all this possible, MU-MIMO and OFDMA.

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Topics: Wi-Fi

Getting to Know the GRP2600 Essential IP Phone Series

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Dec 31, 2021

en español

Features, Capabilities, and Deployment Scenarios

The newest addition to our GRP2600 series, the essential IP phone line, brings affordable and powerful devices to the desktop of any business or home office. As part of the GRP series of Carrier-Grade IP Phones, this line is also equipped with zero-touch provisioning for mass deployment and easy management. Built for the basic needs of desktop workers and designed for easy deployment by enterprises, service providers, installers, and other high-volume markets, the essential IP series is an ideal choice for easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy VoIP endpoints. Within this blog post, we’ll provide a brief overview of the features, capabilities, and deployment scenarios of our new essential IP phones.

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Topics: Unified Communications, GRP2600

What is the UCM6300 Ecosystem

Posted by Brian Van Meter, Marketing Manager on Oct 8, 2020


en español

Grandstream's Upcoming Onsite and Remote Communications Solution

In our previous blog post, we wrote on how the COVID-19 pandemic didn't create a new demand within the communications and collaboration market, it sped up its adoption. Remote work isn't anything new, it is a trend that has been gradually developing prior to the pandemic accelerating it into a status quo. At Grandstream, we recognized the need for a solution that is as customizable and secure as an onsite device, while being as flexible as a remote cloud solution. The upcoming UCM6300 Ecosystem is a solution bundle that provides complete communications and collaboration for onsite and remote deployments. Installers and IT teams will be able to create IP communication and collaboration solutions with Grandstream products that can seamlessly bridge geographical gaps to link all users within an organization under one network, no matter their location. 

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Topics: Remote Workers, voip network, UCM series IP PBXs