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Commercial IT network installation spaces (e.g. data closets, server rooms) typically use a elevated flooring system for the server racks. This enables intensive cooling to be expelled through the space under the floor to cool the servers, switches, routers, etc. Cabling between the many devices and to the users runs through this open floor layout. This by definition is a Plenum Air space and requires Plenum Rated Cable.  Onsite IT Support.

Low Voltage Data cabling Serivces

Low Voltage Data Cabling Services

If there is no wall or ceiling return air grate; look closely at your fluorescent lighting fixtures to see if there is a gap around the edge of the fixtures and put your hand over the gap and you can feel air movement. Obviously your air conditioner should be running at the time! The lack of wall or ceiling return air grates is usually a sure sign that you require Plenum Rated Cable. If you have a large wall or ceiling return air grate; remove and see if there the air is channeled through sheet metal ducting. If there is no sheet metal duct; just the open ceiling or wall space, then you are required by law to use Plenum Rated cable.

How should the data cabling get installed?

Different companies have different needs, and this is also the same with structured cabling systems. So during your consultation with your chosen low-voltage data cabling services, you need to ascertain that they know your company’s particular needs and expectations; and they should also be aware of the local ordinances regarding the kind of project they will be undertaking.

This is an important issue related to the chemical composition of the cable and your building‘s construction, especially when it comes to your small business phone system and low voltage data/audio cabling.

Since both you and the Fire Department don‘t want you to die from breathing in toxic fumes from your cabling, code requires Plenum Rated cable installed through any plenum air return space. Our Installation Team is required run Plenum Rated cable if they determine the air space in not ducted.

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In the world of low-voltage data cabling services, the undisputed ruler, at least for now, is the Cat5e cable. This type of cabling is the one being used in most modern offices these days because unlike the outdated Cat5, the Cat5e can make full use of today’s high speed DSL connections. But the days of the Cat5e as the king of the hill may be numbered because a new contender is starting to gain popularity, the Cat6 cable.

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Low-Voltage Data Cabling Services

Cat6 (or Category 6) cable, like the Cat5e, is a twisted pair cable that is used for data transmission. Many IT Departments struggle with managing multiple locations nationally and internationally forming a demand for a multi-location IT service provider that acts as a single source point-of-contact (POC), offering a wide array of onsite computer, networking and data communications services in an ongoing day-to-day support capacity and as their IT infrastructure continues to develop over time.

All of these networks are based upon a design that has many components and moving parts – all of which encompass the IT infrastructure from the low-voltage data cabling (Cat5, Cat6, Fiber Optic, coaxial, etc.) through the network hardware and software for any organization which ultimately have to be put in place and managed by live technicians, not just robots and scripts. But these days, telecommunications companies are starting to roll out the 10GBASE-T connections; these are basically internet connections that have blazingly-fast speeds of up to 10Gbps. With gigabit internet already straining the capacity of Cat5e cables, newer, much more efficient cabling is needed, and this is where Cat6 cables come into play.

Besides increased data transmission capabilities, Cat6 and Cat6a (augmented Cat6) has thicker and better insulation. This thicker covering is much better in preventing crosstalk and improves performance of the cabling. Although the thicker insulation makes the Cat6 and Cat6a more efficient, they do have a downside to them.

Thicker cables mean a lesser number of Cat6 cables can fit in the same amount of space as Cat5e. Switching the cables in your network from Cat5e to Cat6 cables will require a full re-installation because the allowable crush factors in existing cable supports used for Cat5e will not be suitable for the more robust Cat6. Another reason why most people are still not clamoring for Cat6 data cabling services is because not only will they need to replace the cabling, they also need to replace their routers, switches and other hardware to ones that can support 10-gigabit transfer speeds. The good news is that since the size of the cables are relatively the same, you can still use the same connectors as in your regular Cat5e cables in your newer Cat6; so even if you are using these robust cables, you can still use your old hardware while you are waiting for 10-GBASET connections come your way.

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People attach sentimental value to almost anything that they feel changed their lives, and that includes even the most mundane of objects, like the old-fashioned analog landline phones. Most business owners just love using their trusty old landlines mainly because it is familiar, and they have already mastered its uses. Unfortunately, with all of the demands of the modern business world, the poor analog phones with their somewhat limited capabilities are struggling to keep up; this is where VoIP comes into play.

Global IT Services

Global IT Support

To convince you to switch on over to VoIP, here are some of the benefits that you can expect:

Crystal Clear Calls – The great thing about VoIP is that they use the same high bandwidth cable system that is used to connect to the internet, and this provides an almost perfect voice transmission. This is why national IT services are heaven-sent; now you can get quality IT personnel without all the usual hassles attached to them.

Cheap Long-distance Calls – How much do you pay for your long distance calls on your landline phone, around a couple of dollars a minute? Regardless of the poor call quality of landline telecommunications services, they still charge an arm and a leg for their services. Not only are landline long distance calls expensive, they are also unreliable, what with all the complaints about dropped calls and crossed lines. When you make the switch to use VoIP you can make overseas calls to other VoIP phones and you do not need to pay extra. Just think about the thousands of dollars that you can save every year and how productive your company will be because you can coordinate with your suppliers easily, even if they are halfway across the globe.

Bonus Features – What kind of features does your analog phone have? Does it have speed-dialling, or maybe you even have caller ID and call waiting features? Now, if you are not really looking for a permanent member of your staff, multi-nation IT services can still be of help. You can actually hire an IT professional for just a limited amount of time. With VoIP you have access to a whole multitude of uses, from getting your office voicemail through your email account, video conferencing; this means you can hold online video meetings with several other people even if you are in different states or even countries for that matter.

These are only a couple of the things that your company is missing out on, so you really should consider replacing your old, antiquated landline and go for the much more efficient and feature-packed VoIP telecommunications solutions.

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For more than a decade A+ Mobile Techs,  a Phoenix IT services company has been offering greater Phoenix IT services to businesses consisting of data (internet) and voice (telecom) IT infrastructure support services.  In the greater Phoenix area we have successfully managed and executed on hundreds of support tickets involving new site launches, site relocations, site acquisitions, on-going IT support services, data cabling services, telecom services, general computer support services, networking services and IT outsourcing to name a few areas of expertise.

11-data-cabling-servicesWhen any business opens there is always an initial IT infrastructure installation, and unless you have local IT staff or your company is sending onsite technicians, you will have to find a local company that can ensure that the voice and data topography of your network is being setup correctly, giving you the functionality you require, and will be available for break-fix/ad-hoc and project type ongoing future support.

A huge demand for better technology and services surrounding the available technologies in the greater Phoenix area is evident. Many local businesses have expressed their need and demand for best in class internet, along with voice and data communications services. This of course includes ongoing sustainability of their voice and data networks including their computers hardware, software, network security, printers, phones and any other networkable devices that allow them to do business as usual and operate at max efficiency.

Offering Phoenix onsite computer services in the city of Phoenix, AZ and the surrounds towns of Anthem, Avondale, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Goodyear, Maricopa, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise and Tempe – to name several – has been a focus of A+ Mobile Techs for more than a decade and as local residents as well, we have experienced the explosive growth over the past 20 – 30 years from a time when dirt roads, little to no stoplights and very little enforcement has changed to a flourishing metropolis.

Some of the typical support services we offer to our customers in greater Phoenix onsite computer services are:

  • Onsite Computer Services
  • Computer Networking Services
  • Network Design and IT Consulting
  • Low-Voltage Data Cabling Services (Cat5, Cat6, Fiber, etc.)
  • Wireless Networking Services
  • Computer and Networking Hardware Installation and Maintenance
  • Wireless Device Installation and Maintenance
  • Printer Networking and Printer Repair / Maintenance
  • Voice / Telecom Services
  • A/V Setup and Installation including Projectors, TV’s, Sound Systems, etc.
  • Security and Surveillance System Installation and Maintenance
  • Multi-Site Management IT Services
  • IT Outsourcing (helpdesk, data center maintenance, network engineering, etc.)
    Phoenix IT Services for Businesses

    Phoenix IT Services for Businesses

    We look forward to continuing to support local and branch businesses throughout greater Phoenix and all of Arizona in 2015 and many years to follow.  For more information,  please contact A+ Mobile Techs at 1-866-417-3945 or through our Contact Us page on any one of our websites. Thank you.

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As experienced computer technicians, we have a lot of experience surrounding the old topic of virus removal (now more frequently referred to as malware: malicious software), and have assisted thousands of customers since 2002 with malware removal from both home and business level computer users.

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We are all victims of this

We get calls and emails daily regarding computer viruses from troubled individuals that want to know what they can do to remove the virus(es) and spyware, or better put, malware (malicious software) from their computer. Our initial reaction is always to ensure their immediate security, so we ask them questions like:

“Is your machine powered on and are you connected to the internet?”

–>We ask this to ensure that the virus is not transmitting their personal data back to its host (the hacker that wrote the malware application). If so, we ask them to at least disable their internet connection by unplugging their Ethernet cable from either their PC or the Router, and if, god forbid, they are still using dial-up, then disconnect the phone line from their PC. This precautionary action will terminate their connection to the internet and cease any possible communication between the virus/malware and their host.

“What are you running for security software? If yes, is it a free version or paid version, and is your license current?” (e.g. anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, etc. software such as AVG, Norton, Avast, Panda, McAfee, CA, etc.)

–> This helps us determine how badly their machine is infected. Let’s face it, none of these security software are infallible, but we try to put our best foot forward when protecting our networks, data and PC’s. If they tell us that they are not running any security software or it has expired, we know, right off the bat, that the machine is swimming with many viruses.

“Are you able to get online?”

–> This helps us determine whether or not a remote session would even be possible, or do we need to physically possess the computer to conduct a proper virus removal. It also helps us determine how badly the viruses have infiltrated the computer.

Computer Virus Removal

Computer Virus Removal

A PROPER virus removal….hmm…that brings us to the theme of this blog post. Every kid out there with a screw driver and a computer that thinks they know even a little about computer repair, is on the web advertising his or her services (mostly on Craigslist.com and Google/Yahoo & Bing Maps since it is free to advertise there) claiming that they are some kind of expert: BUYERS BEWARE!

  • They undercut the market since they do not have any company overhead such as insurance payments and in many cases personal and/or commercial rent/utilities, etc.
  • They don’t have any technical certifications and/or very little field experience beyond their own PC’s
  • Most of which are still in high school or just barely graduated (if they graduated at all), and even more have zero college or formal education, and definitely no technical training.
  • They don’t carry any sort of insurance, so when they botch the job and lose all your data you as a consumer have zero recourse.
  • Most importantly: They don’t truly understand Virus Removal and how to do it correctly!
Buyer's Beware

Buyer’s Beware

We as a company are constantly interviewing technicians and looking for the best of the best technicians. As such, we have a pretty steady flow of resumes coming in through our IT Jobs recruitment. and we personally review each and every one of these resumes – most of which get tossed out. Occasionally we do receive resumes that look promising and merit at least an initial investigatory phone call – which I myself place. When conducting these initial interview calls, we begin to drill down on the technical aspects of computer repair and networking as a start to begin to judge what the candidates’ true technical knowledge and experience are, and one of the first topics we discuss is virus removal.

10 times out of 10, the candidate will state that they really understand virus removal and it is no problem for them. Then, as the conversation continues, and we ask them to walk us through a typical virus removal process and we discover about 9.5 times out of 10 that the candidate really doesn’t get how to do a simple, or a complex (or thorough) virus removal. It is not as simple as most people think. Typically unless someone has been trained by a technician who really knows what they are doing, they themselves really don’t know the proper tools to use, or how to use them correctly (e.g. the anti-virus software that really work, how to effectively use a hard drive adapter kit so you don’t boot into windows but can read the drive and run virus scans, how to use Safe Mode and Safe Mode with Networking effectively to ensure success, etc.)

Even more importantly, most don’t get that we first and foremost have to be concerned with any sensitive data on the customer’s hard drive as a priority to recover, and then worry about the virus removal process. For most customers the data on their hard drive is a priority. As such, we always prioritize the data recovery and include questions surrounding this topic in our list of questions when we are “getting our arms around” the problem initially.

Lastly, most techs out there will only run one (or perhaps) two anti-virus applications on a computer, find some viruses, remove them, and then think they are all done – when in fact, they have only removed a minority of the malware on the hard drive and most likely still have some remnants of the malware, which are most likely to return in some fashion. These are the techs that will tell you they can do a virus removal in an hour or two. To truly do a thorough cleaning of a hard drive the proper way, you must run at least 4+ applications on your hard drive – which brings me back to the point that to do a proper virus removal takes anywhere from at least 3 hours, to as long as 24 hours depending on the depth of infection, how many files are on the hard drive and how powerful the machine is from a hardware standpoint.

We also recommend running a registry cleaner software such as Avast Biz CloudCare  to help optimize your PC’s performance and cut down on possible registry errors.

Feel free to call us to answer any questions you have – no obligation for free advice: 1-866-417-3945. It is our goal to help you achieve the peace of mind over your computer system, and the computer services company that assists you with your home or business IT infrastructure.

Technology to Relax

Technology to Relax…

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