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Internet Speed Comparison

You are planning to Netflix and Chill with your friends. Or you want to organize an online gaming marathon. In either case, you need a good internet connection with decent speed. But how much internet speed do I need? Is 100Mbps sufficient or do I need to upgrade my plan? What’s better: Fiber or Cable? Can I stream on multiple devices simultaneously? These questions (and other similar ones) are very common now-a-days. In this guide, let us take a closer look at different types of Internet Connections. We will draw an Internet Speed Comparison Chart. Finally, see how much internet speed you need for your home needs

 

 

 

 

Risk Management

I was reading a recent newsletter published by McKinsey this morning that looks at the constraints affecting the Panama Canal due to drought in the area and the impact this is likely to have on global supply chains. While the Panama Canal accounts for just 2.5 percent of global seaborne trade, it is a crucial link for the Americas, particularly for South American trade, offering a direct route between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The disruption affecting the Panama Canal coincides with uncertainty surrounding the Suez Canal—another important global trade transit point as a result of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East that is complicated by the Houthi attacks on ships passing through the canal.

 

 

These issues highlight what a bad job organizations – both public and private – are doing in terms of getting a better understanding of risk management and more importantly the failure to take appropriate measures to mitigate against such.

 

 

This is very worrying considering how dependent we are on global supply chains and despite most organizations doing a good job of ticking the right boxes when it comes to corporate governance compliance, somehow risk management is still not given the priority it deserves.

 

 

And this issue extends far beyond global supply chains into areas like cybersecurity for instance.

 

 

Yes, this is a minefield consideration the level of sophistication and the relentless drive by threat actors to find loopholes for successful cyberattacks however it is clear when we look at some of the high profile cyber breaches globally that such threats could have been prevented by just doing the basics like changing default passwords, patching software and making sure that the latest software that includes fixes to address know issues is used, etc.

Then there are cases where cyber criminals gain access to millions of records by exploiting vulnerabilities in third party systems. In this case you find that a large institution such a bank for instance would have right controls to protect customer data but then they make the mistake of giving third party access to a mortgage originator for instance by neglect to insist that the third party implements the same stringent governance systems that they employ to protect the data.

 

 

And going back to the global supply chains issue, one would have thought that valuable lessons would have been learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic where it was difficult to move goods due to flight restrictions and general shortages affecting the freight industry while priority was given to much needed vaccines and not to forget that vaccines themselves were in short supply due to some countries resorting to hoarding the much needed medicines.

 

 

And more recently there has been significant disruptions in the global supply chains affecting the availability of food as well as microchips due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and the Ukraine.

 

All these issues highlight the serious need for all of us to take risk management very seriously and begin to find ways to mitigate against the many risks affecting our lives.

The bad practice where organizations keep a risk register with issues that never gets addressed despite the serious risks they pose needs to be addressed without any further delays.

 

 

Lastly, I’m interested to find out how what your experience when it comes to how risk management is done in your own organizations.

 

 

Have you found risk management related issues that you felt didn’t make sense at any point in your career?

 

 

Is your organisation working efficiently when capturing, analyzing, and mitigating these risks?

What are you doing in your own organizations to change behavior to ensure that risk management is taken seriously?

 

 

  1. https://www.techtarget.com/searchsecurity/definition/What-is-risk-management-and-why-is-it-important
  2. https://ascentlogistics.com/blog/the-panama-canal-vs-the-suez-canal/#:~:text=The%20Panama%20Canal%20and%20Suez,by%20shortening%20historical%20trade%20routes.
  3. https://www.hrdconnect.com/2018/03/19/ten-questions-every-board-ask-risk-management/

Dual Band VS Single Band Router: What’s The Difference?

We live in a world where wireless connections are more important than ever before. In this setting, connection devices like routers are important in helping many people access and stay connected to the internet through wireless means. But not all routers are the same, and your type of router you use can greatly impact your internet user experience.

There was a time when single band routers were at the forefront of technology; nowadays, we have dual band and even tri band routers, showing us how far we’ve progressed since then. If you’re looking to purchase a router, you may be wondering what the difference is between a dual band vs single band router.

These two devices are different in performance, and you will notice better speeds if you correctly manage the GHz frequency band for your local devices. This article will help you understand the differences between the single and dual band routers, so read on to learn more.

What Is a Single Band Router?

As the name implies, a single band router is a device that employs one frequency band (2.4 GHz) to relay wireless signals.

Older single band routers utilize the 802.11gstandard that supports up to 54 Mbps data speed. However, more recent single routers use the Wireless-N (802.11n) routers that operate on a 2.4 GHz frequency and offer a theoretical speed of up to 800 Mbps.

The single band router is usually best suited to cover an area with few devices. It can become slow in busy environments like crowded offices and complexes with several signals going about. This is because its signals are much more vulnerable to electronic interference.

That being said, the single band router is also great for surfing the web and sending emails, among other activities that don’t use too much bandwidth. These products are readily available, economical, and are usually found handily at any electronics store.

It’s also worth noting that since this type of router is limited to a single frequency band, it is cheaper than its dual band counterpart and provides great functions for smaller areas.

What Is a Dual Band Router?

Since our technology as a whole has continued to evolve, wireless connectivity has also improved leaps and bounds in recent years. As such, introduction of the dual-band router marks an important mile stone in our progress towards better speeds and functionality.

As the name might suggest, a dual band router can transmit two frequency types – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. This type of router permits wireless internet access on either 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands, which may or may not be transmitted simultaneously.

These dual band Wi-Fi routers use the newer 802.11ac (Wireless AC) standard and theoretically cap internet speed at 5,300 Mbps or higher, but this varies greatly based on the manufacturer and the quality of the device. Performance-wise, the dual band router operates at a better speed and stability than single routers, and this gives the former more flexibility. They are also much more resistant to interference from other frequencies and bands, making them ideal for activities like high-resolution gaming, heavy video streaming, and more suitable for busy environments like a large office.

That being said, 5 GHz frequencies have a shorter range than 2.4 GHz frequencies, which can limit the distance that the router can effectively broadcast a signal. Furthermore, while a dual band router is easier to setup, it also tends to be more expensive when compared to the single band router.

Comparing the Single and Dual Band Routers

In this section, we’ll be comparing the dual band vs single routers using different criteria.

1.      Performance

The single band Wi-Fi has a slower speed but a longer range. It is mainly designed for low-bandwidth activities like web surfing, watching videos, and sending emails.

On the other hand, the dual band router has a longer and better range and hence, a better signal strength. It uses both 2.4 GHz and5GHz bands allowing you to easily switch between the frequencies depending on which is most suitable at the time. This router is more appropriate for online video streaming and gaming. In addition, you can use a Wi-Fi extender to further enhance the signal reach.

2.      Network Speed

Unlike the dual band router, which supports two bands of 2.4 GHz and 5GHz, the single band router uses only the 2.4 GHz frequency, which has slower speeds. With this router, you may experience frequent lags, interferences, limits in speed, and connection issues.

Meanwhile, the dual band router offers more flexibility and avoids interferences, connection issues, and stability problems.

3.      Compatibility

When looking to purchase routers, compatibility is a significant criterion. Not all devices can support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The single router broadcasts on the 2.4 GHz frequency and, thus, is compatible with many wireless receivers.

However, the dual band router is different as it can connect to devices compatible with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies simultaneously. If there are no 5 GHz compatible devices around, it can instead utilize the 2.4 GHz band.

4.      Range

The dual frequency band router has a longer range than the single alternative. Single routers are most appropriate for smaller rooms and businesses, whereas dual band Wi-Fi is suitable for large environments and organizations.

5.      Stability

Dual band routers are more stable than single routers. Electronic device interference can disrupt the internet connection of single band router devices. These devices compete for space on the radio waves, leading to network instability.

6.      Price

The single band routers are cheaper and don’t include modern features like device prioritization or APP-based monitoring.

A dual band router is more expensive, costing up to two or three times the price of a single router. As expected, it comes with more modern features and provides up to three times its counterpart’s upload and download bandwidths.

Final Words

Choosing the type of router to purchase depends on your use. If you occasionally browse the web, check emails, and need a Wi-Fi connection for your daily tasks, single band routers are ideal for you.

On the other hand, if you want a more robust connection, live in a bigger city, or want to connect to more devices in your home or office, consider getting a dual band router.

Although the dual band router may appear to be more efficient, it also comes with its cons. Asides from being more expensive, if your network adapter doesn’t support the 5GHz band, you won’t be able to access the functions of the 5 GHz range.

Naledzi Technologies offers quality internet plans to serve your various internet needs – from high-resolution video streaming to running your online business. All our connections are tested and vetted by our experts using state-of-the-art equipment. Also, customers receive a premium router with their service that has been tested for compatibility and designed to ensure a seamless interaction.

This article first appeared on https://www.rango.net/blog/dual-band-vs-single-band-router#:~:text=Unlike%20the%20dual%20band%20router,in%20speed%2C%20and%20connection%20issues

The people of the cloud

It is not often that we pay special attention to the human element behind the rise in the deployment and consumption of cloud services. So it is quite refreshing to find an article that highlights the important role that people play to build and look after all the elements essential for the delivery and consumption of cloud services.
#people #cloudservices #datacenters #fibreopticcables #cellulartowers #networkeddevices

https://aeon.co/essays/downtime-is-not-an-option-meet-the-stewards-of-the-cloud

Edge Data Centers: The Key to Digital Transformation

Data gravity is the X factor that forward-thinking organizations should look for in edge data centers to achieve maximum business benefits. This is the secret to getting the most bang for your buck in the journey towards digital transformation.
#datagravity #edgedatacenter #security #digitaltransformation #ai #4irtechnologies #data #future

https://www.techopedia.com/edge-data-centers-the-key-to-digital-transformation/2/34815

New research on why employees violate security policies

A National Science Foundation research study of more than 330 remote employees in diverse niches found that most cybersecurity compliance failures result from intentional but harmless attempts by employees to perform their work-related tasks.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2022/07/11/why-employees-violate-cybersecurity-policies/?sh=3fba06651d98 

 

The next frontier in cloud computing

Meta cloud is one of the new buzzwords used to describe the emerging layer of abstraction and automation that will remove the complexity of multi-cloud. It will provide a single layer of security, governance, operations, and even application development and deployment. This is really what a multi-cloud should become to allow for users to effectively leverage public cloud providers through abstract interfaces to access specific services, such as storage, compute, artificial intelligence, data, etc., and we want to support a layer of cloud-spanning technology to enhance service delivery. A meta-cloud removes the complexity that multi-cloud brings these days. Also, scaling operations to support multi-cloud would not be cost-effective without this cross-cloud layer of technology.
https://www.infoworld.com/article/3667371/the-next-frontier-in-cloud-computing.html 

Only 54% of the global population is connected today

Only 54% of the global population is connected today according to The Web Foundation. People in poorer regions, women, elderly people, and those living in remote and rural areas are far less likely to be online. This is commonly referred to as the digital divide and it has serious implications especially in times like this where kids from rural areas have difficulty keeping up to date with learning programs due to the lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. @itu #TheWebThisWeek #ICT #Digitaldivide #4IR #5gtechnology #educationtechnology #https://t.co/neMbdKd6dH
https://lnkd.in/dFJJ_kq

The impact that 5G is expected to make on the manufacturing sector

The Introduction of 5G technology is expected to have a huge impact on all industries and in particular the manufacturing sector. If we use the impact that the introduction of LTE had with the introduction of new companies that caused massive disruption such as Airbnb as a guide, it is expected that the impact of introducing 5G technology will also result in huge market disruption spearheaded. Startups will once again be at the forefront of this disruption as they will not be limited by legacy systems.

You can access detailed information from the link https://www.inc.com/emily-canal/5g-manufacturing-samsung-semiconductor-austin-att.html?icid=hmsub3

Web Hosting

Welcome to our first blog post.

Today’s focus is on Web hosting services. We wanted to give you insight into the biggest web hosting service providers in South Africa. This ranking is based on the number of users that each of the service providers with the provider hosting the largest number sitting at the top. While it makes sense to assume that the leading provider is the best option it might be worth your while to do a bit more digging to see if they address all of your requirements and this could range from hosting costs, security, service, etc. If you need guidance please look out for a future posting that will provide detailed information on how to go about selecting a web hosting service provider.

https://hostadvice.com/marketshare/za/