Keep your data safe in Canada with AWS and Cologix #cloud #enterprise #it #tech

Keep your data in Canada with AWS and Cologix

Creating hybrid cloud deployments with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud just got more compelling for customers interested in connecting to AWS’s new Canada (Central) Region. Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data centre company, announced today the immediate availability of AWS Direct Connect cloud service in its Montreal data centres. As an AWS Direct Connect Partner, Cologix can offer customers secure and private connections to the AWS Cloud to improve performance and reduce costs compared to onramps via the public Internet.


This deployment with Cologix represents one of the first AWS Direct Connect locations in Montreal and will reside at Cologix’s flagship interconnection hub data centre at 1250 Rene Levesque, where more than 90 network service providers are available in the Meet-Me-Room. In addition to customers at 1250 Rene Leveque, customers across Cologix’s six other Montreal data centres will have access to the Direct Connect service via Cologix’s Metro Connect solution. Cologix also offers its New Jersey and Dallas data center customers network connectivity to AWS Direct Connect locations in the US East (Virginia) Region.


“The AWS Direct Connect node in Montreal represents a huge win for Canadian cloud customers interested in data sovereignty,,” notes Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO, Cologix. “We look forward to delivering in-market, low latency, highly secure connections to AWS that are easy to deploy.”


In an environment where choice offers the ability to evolve with dynamic market forces, Cologix’s Cloud Connect Platform provides more on-ramp solutions to public clouds, more physical connections to best-in-breed cloud service providers and access to more independent Internet exchanges than any other provider across its footprint.

The Increasing Threat to Network Infrastructure Devices and Recommended Mitigations #US-CERT bulletin

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco ASA Software

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has released a bulletin with warnings for Network Infrastructure teams related to Cisco ASA devices. These network devices provide firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality and are often deployed at the edge of a network to protect a site’s network infrastructure, and to give remote users access to protected local resources.

In June 2016, NCCIC received several reports of compromised Cisco ASA devices that were modified in an unauthorized way. The ASA devices directed users to a location where malicious actors tried to socially engineer the users into divulging their credentials.

It is suspected that malicious actors leveraged CVE-2014-3393 to inject malicious code into the affected devices. The malicious actor would then be able to modify the contents of the Random Access Memory Filing System (RAMFS) cache file system and inject the malicious code into the appliance’s configuration. Refer to the Cisco Security Advisory Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco ASA Software (link is external)for more information and for remediation details.

US-CERT goes on to explain that Cisco released an update to address an SNMP vulnerability (CVE-2016-6366).

You can read the full bulletin here.

Access Parental Controls From Anywhere with #app for #iphone and #android @linksys #wifi #router

Linksys WiFi smart router

Linksys today announced a whole new user interface, design layout, navigation experience, and new innovative features for its Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. The newly designed app for Apple and Android smartphones provides a more intuitive layout with simple-to-navigate options that enable millions of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi users to simply monitor, manage and control their home networks while at home or away.

New and improved features launched today:
· New contemporary user interface
· New organization for simpler feature discovery and use
· Intelligent router offline notification (Initially available on EA9500 router)
· Easily share guest Wi-Fi name and password – tap and text or email
· Guest access now supports up to 50 guests
· Prioritize internet bandwidth to chosen devices
· Parental controls to block specific sites and internet access for selected devices on a schedule
· More device icons to associate with client devices
· Easily view how much external hard drive space is available

Parental controls for WiFi router
Parental controls for WiFi router

“Being first to market with a router app for managing and monitoring a home network, we wanted to continue to advance the software for a more intuitive approach to make it easier to use and find tools that will make managing and sharing a home network easier,” said Dan Albertson, Linksys senior product manager. “What separates good routers from great routers is the software. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app clearly differentiates its home router solutions by providing all the basic and advanced management and control features but also continues to add new features that leverage the intelligence of the home router.”

The app has been completely updated and redesigned, providing simple utility, such as looking up and sharing the wireless credentials for up to 50 guests with a few taps on a mobile device. The app will also enable users to change bandwidth prioritization quickly and easily on the fly, ensuring your bandwidth-sensitive video calls and gaming sessions never slow down.

In addition to dozens of new icons to assign to clients’ devices, the app shows how much hard drive space has been used and how much is still available on external hard drives connected to the router.

Parental Controls

Parents can block websites or shut off Wi-Fi entirely for individual devices. Parents can also set up a schedule for blocking access for each device (available in an app update coming later this year). These parental control features will aid in making sure children use the internet appropriately, providing parents with peace of mind that there is also an ample amount of homework time without the distraction of the internet.


A home network is dynamic, and notifications can alert users and provide insight on changing conditions. The new router offline notification feature (initially supported with the Linksys EA9500 router) is the first notification feature available that will detect when the router has lost its connection to the internet for any reason, and alert users with a notification on a mobile device. This feature is useful when users are away from home and could be an early warning system for:
· Phone calls from upset household Internet users that the router went offline and there could be a potential issue with the internet connection.
· Ensuring access to critical wireless devices remotely, such as door locks, IP cameras and smart thermostats
· A potential problem with the users’ internet provider

Manage parental controls from your iPhone or Android mobile device
Manage parental controls from your iPhone or Android mobile device

Other Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Features

The main dashboard provides an immediate glimpse into the current status of the home network. It shows the current connection to the internet and the number of connected devices, as well as quick access to the wireless password and options to reset it or share it. Parental control options from the main dashboard make it easy and fast to change settings as well as the device prioritization features and external storage visibility.
· Devices
· Wi-Fi Network
· Guest Access
· Parental Controls
· Device Prioritization
· External Storage (if any external hard drives are plugged into the router)

Advanced settings

· Single Port Forwarding
· Port Range Forwarding
· Port Range Triggering
· MAC Filtering


Free cloud computing service helps Canadian small businesses

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced that over 600 Canadian startups across a range of industries have taken advantage of its DAIR cloud service.

Cloud computing enables businesses to use virtual computing, network and data storage resources on an as-needed basis, with the flexibility to scale these resources based on their needs at any given time. This means that Canadian businesses can develop, test, and demonstrate new products and services that simulate a range of potential scenarios – like different transaction volumes or geographic variations – while experimenting with a range of development options to determine the optimal method for building and launching their cloud-based products.

“CANARIE’s free cloud computing service helps small and medium-sized businesses become more innovative without incurring additional overhead costs,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support services like DAIR, which makes it easier for Canadian businesses to bring products to market.”

“Cloud technologies are disruptive to the way companies operate, and the faster Canadian businesses can adopt them into their business models, the more competitive they will be on the global stage,” says Randy Jones, Senior Director, Technology Innovation at CANARIE. “With DAIR, startups can experiment and test ideas and approaches in a risk-free environment. Our aim with this service is for Canadian startups to gain the experience and knowledge they need to be in a strong position to succeed when they launch commercially.”

“In addition to ensuring our data stays in Canada, DAIR offers high quality, reliable, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that supports our team as we continue to refine our product offering,” says Pat Crosscombe, Founder and CEO of BoardSpace, a developer of document and workflow solutions for boards of directors. “DAIR has been invaluable as we continue to evolve, testing integration with e-commerce platforms and refining our onboarding processes.”

Other innovative Canadian startups taking advantage of the flexibility and power of the DAIR cloud include:

  • Advance Property eXposure’s enterprise software uses smart mobile technology to deliver to first responders, secure, digital information such as building layouts, exits, electrical shutoffs, and building contact information reliably within seconds. Information is critical for situational awareness and their solution helps responders plan their approach while on route and save precious minutes in time-sensitive situations.
  • BOS Forestry develops software solutions to help manage information flow in the forestry industry – from planning the harvest, to cutting and weighing the timber, to tracking its transport to the mill, right through to sending harvest information to relevant government departments.
  • Curatio has created a mobile health platform that connects individuals with chronic health issues to a circle of support, including family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals, with a goal of better managing ongoing treatment and wellness.
  • EDMS integrates dental clinic data from different dental software programs to help corporate owners manage and interpret data generated from a wide range of clinic systems. EDMS’ common reporting platform supports better decision-making and forward planning.
  • Identos offers a range of security infrastructure solutions for mobile applications. Identos developers were able to collaborate with early customers on product development and evolution in real time by helping these customers test their application prototypes using DAIR.

Any Canadian small or medium-size company (< 500 employees) may apply to use DAIR to develop, test, or demonstrate products.  More information on DAIR, along with a link to apply, may be found at >

A range of case studies exploring how Canadian businesses are using the cloud to power product development and accelerate their time to market may be found here:

Want a quicker view of DAIR? Watch the video here:


CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE evolves the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at almost 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today’s digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

For more information, please visit:

Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500)


Linksys, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, today announced the availability of its Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500). The new Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to multiple devices in the home and functions as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. With MU-MIMO, the whole household can enjoy 4K and HD TV streaming to multiple devices as well as play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, and more – all at the same time.

Perfect for families with multiple users with their own streaming devices, the Max-Stream AC1900 leverages MU-MIMO functionality which helps make Wi-Fi networks more efficient when delivering high bandwidth 4K streams to multiple devices at the same time. Market research firm DisplaySearch/IHSrecently reported shipments of 4K Ultra HDTVs reached 6 million in North America in 2015 and forecasts to double to 12 Million in 2016.

Linksys smart wifi
Linksys smart wifi

“If you have or are planning to purchase a 4K TV you will need a Max-Stream router to ensure you have a seamless 4K online streaming experience,” said Justin Doucette, director product management, Linksys. “A single stream of 4K content takes a minimum of 20 Mbps to maintain a consistent stream, and when you combine that with multiple streams plus normal Wi-Fi use from gaming, internet surfing, IoT connectivity and music streaming, it adds up fast. Max-Stream will enable multiple streams of Wi-Fi to occur so users can have the ultimate 4K and networking experience.”

The Next-Gen Max-Stream AC1900 can provide users with combined speeds up to 1.9 Gbps* and the range they need to connect all their devices in the home and at the same time. Also included is Smart Wi-Fi technology which makes it easy to set up and control your home Wi-Fi from anywhere using the Smart Wi-Fi app on your mobile device.

The EA7500 features:

·         Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi – 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO Technology for uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections to multiple devices at the same time

·         Qualcomm IPQ 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor

·         Dual-band AC1900 Wireless speeds up to 1300 Mbps 5 GHz + 600 Mbps 2.4GHz, which is a combined speed up to 1.9 Gbps*

·         Four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports One Gigabit WAN for wired speeds up to 10x faster than fast Ethernet

·         One USB 3.0 and One USB 2.0 ports for connecting printers, storage and more

·         Three external and adjustable antennas for maximum coverage

·         Manage and monitor your network and easily control Wi-Fi devices remotely on a smart phone with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app

·         Advanced WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall helps keep the network safe



The Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router will help address buffering issues customers are having today and into the future with 4K content. Check out the MU-MIMO video on the Linksys product page found here.


Pricing and Availability

The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500) is available this week in-store and online at leading Canadian retailers at an MSRP of $249.99 (CAD).


About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.



* The standard transmission rates—1300 Mbps (for 5 GHz) and 600 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.


Specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual performance may vary, and might result in lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range, and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, environment building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference, and other adverse conditions. An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of this router and other connected computers and devices to the Internet. Maximum performance for wireless products derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. An 802.11ac adapter may be needed to achieve 11ac data rates.  To achieve maximum performance, routers must be paired with coordinating adapters/and or computers in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz band such that the maximum performance can be maximized for each GHz band.


Linksys Wi-Fi range extender boosts signal up to 10,000 square feet

wi-fi range extender from linksys

Linksys has announced the newest addition to its Wi-Fi range extender family, the Linksys AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6700).  This new range extender provides a Wi-Fi signal boost (up to 10,000 SQ FT†) into rooms throughout a house or small business. The built in power outlet maintains use of an existing wall outlet with pass-through functionality.

Wi-Fi range extenders help eliminate dead zones by detecting, then amplifying a router’s Wi-Fi signal so it extends to the remote areas of a building. But if a range extender is not installed in an optimal location, users may not be getting the most out of this powerful connectivity solution. So Linksys developed Spot Finder technology, which enables users to visually see the best placement spot for the range extender in the building; using their smart phone, tablet or laptop. Spot Finder Technology automatically activates when the setup process is launched.  Just follow a few prompts for a hassle-free setup and improved Wi-Fi to existing dead zones.wi-fi range extender from linksys

“With more and more devices connecting to wireless networks, the demands to extend that wireless signal are at an all-time high”, said Mike Chen, vice president, product management at Linksys. “Mobile devices are driving this demand because users want to take their devices all around the house but can be limited if the Wi-Fi signal doesn’’t reach.


Maximizing the Wi-Fi Signal

To get that high-speed wireless experience, Linksys has included auto cross brand technology that will identify the best backhaul path for relaying traffic from/to a given Wi-Fi client. For example, RE6700 will use the 5GHz backhaul to relay the traffic from/to a near-by 5GHz client with strong signals. On the other hand, RE6700 may use the 2.4GHz backhaul to relay the traffic from/to a distant 5GHz client with weak signals. The result is reduced dropped data packets, faster media transfer speeds, and a stronger, more consistent signal throughout your home. Also included is Beamforming technology that focuses and strengthens the Wi-Fi signal, while the two external antennas amp up performance and throughput.

wi-fi range extender from linksys

The Linksys AC1200 Amplify Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE6700 Features:

  • Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 (N300 + AC867 Mbps*)
  • Spot Finder Technology – for optimal placement and performance
  • Integrated power outlet – Flexible plug-in placement maintains use of existing wall outlet
  • External Antenna for better Wi-Fi coverage and performance
  • Auto Cross Band Technology allows for the simultaneous use of both wireless bands for providing high speed data transfer to help with uninterrupted music/video streaming and gaming
  • Gigabit Port for connecting a single wired device or plug in a Gigabit switch for connecting multiple wired devices to a wireless network
  • 3.5mm audio jack allows users to connect speakers to the range extender to stream music wirelessly from your iOS or Android smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Works with any router or gateway including routers supplied by service provider


Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router Review

nighthawkMy wireless router gets a lot of usage in my house. The only time someone isn’t connected to it (via a device) is when we’re asleep!

The Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band WiFi Router retails for around $300. But it can do some pretty amazing things that you’d never think your router could actually do. The Netgear Nighthawk looks like something that belongs in Darth Vader’s home office, though. It has six antennae, and it is shiny and black. On the few nights where I’ve ended up sleeping on the couch in the living room where it lives, I’ve had to turn the lights off, because they were a little bright for my liking. There is, however, a toggle button on the back of the router for exactly that purpose.

After unboxing, I plugged ‘er in, and attached my computer and the modem. The modnighthawkbackem then automagically took me through the setup process. I did have a few problems with the setup process, primarily because of browser issues. It didn’t like Chrome for some reason, or Chrome on Mac. Once I switched to Safari, I was able to complete the setup process with no problem.

This baby is fast! Up to 3.2 Gb/sec download speeds, if your internet provider is able to offer that. I did do some side-by-side tests with my old modem, and it was slightly faster than my old one. I think this is more due to my internet service provider’s limited download speeds, however.

One thing I really noticed though, is how it doesn’t slow down, even when you’ve connected multiple devices. We have, on average, 3 devices connected at any given time: my macbook, an iPad, and my iPhone. We also have a Wii that sometimes also uses the system. It works really well–even if we are streaming something on one of the devices.

Netgear Genie App. The modem comes with an app for your computer, and for your phone. You can manage all your settings right from your phone–kinda cool! One of the options you can do with this wireless router is set up a completely separate channel for your media computer. This computer can house all your music, photos and videos, connected to your TV. It already has a guest connection built in, or I could create a separate one for my son, upon which I could enforce parental controls (which are excellent, and work well).

Print wirelessly–even with a wired printer. The Netgear Nighthawk does this cool trick where you can make any printer a wireless printer. I invested in a laser printer 7 years ago. Even though it’s only black and white, I still keep it and it still fills my needs. I have no plans to replace it any time soon–like with one of those fancy new wireless printers. Well, I can teach my old printer to do new tricks simply by plugging it into the USB port in the back of my modem. It’s now a wireless printer! And it will print from any connected device, not just my MacBook. Music, Video

Photo, music and media storage and sharing. I have to confess, I’m a bit of a digital hoarder. I have probably hundreds or thousands of photos that should be deleted to keep hard drive space, but I’m nervous to do so, “in case I need them someday” (hoarder mentality!). The router creates a sort of at-home cloud. All you do is buy a largeish USB flash drive (or you could use a large stand-alone hard drive, as long as it has a USB connection), and plug it into the back of the modem. You can upload and store on this drive, all your photos, music and videos, and again, stream them to any device connected to the modem. Cool, huh?

All-in-all, I really like the extra bells and whistles that the Netgear Nighthawk has. It seriously does things I didn’t really know a modem could do! You can check out all Netgear’s stuff here:

About the Author

Rebecca Coleman comes from a background in the arts with both writing and theatre being her two passions. She has worked both on- and back-stage in theatre and for more than 10 years, has been doing freelance publicity in the arts.

She got interested in social media as an alternative way to publicize her client’s work, and has learned about how to market using social media for the last 6 years. It led her to write three books, teach workshops as far away as Australia, and become a professor at a University and an instructor at BCIT.

Rebecca also works with small businesses, arts and non-profit organizations to help them to create social media marketing plans to harness the power of social media to grow their businesses.

Dell Precision Tower and Rack Workstations help the company step up its game in 2014

dell server computers

Last week Dell announced new mainstream and performance tower and rack workstations, the Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910, designed to discuss the critical requirements of customers in compute-intensive fields such as engineering, manufacturing, and media and entertainment.

Updated with Intel’s latest Xeon processors, DDR4memory, next-generation graphics technology from NVIDIA and AMD, and doubling the amount of memory from the previous generation, these powerful, scalable systems are optimized and independent software vendor (ISV) certified to run the most demanding applications. In addition, Dell is releasing a new version of the Dell Precision Optimizer, which automatically configures workstation settings to maximize application server computers

“From powering the designs of a leading surfboard maker to enabling the complex visual effects created by Academy Award-winning studio Framestore, Dell Precision customers depend on powerful workstations to help create beautifully complex projects,” said Andy Rhodes, global executive director for Dell Precision workstations. “Every key part of our new workstations has been updated, resulting in outstanding performance gains to help our customers design without limitations.”

New Tower and Rack Workstations Deliver Ultimate Performance and Scalability

The updated Dell Precision tower workstation portfolio includes the single socket Tower 5810 and high-power dual processor Tower 7810, which both offer innovative design features within a compact footprint, and the highly expandable Tower 7910 that delivers ultimate workstation performance and scalability. The innovative chassis design on the systems includes quick release hard drives, a tool-less, externally accessible power supply, and a lockable front bezel for added security and delivers improved acoustics performance.

Dell is also announcing updates to its leading edge rack workstation, with the introduction of the new Dell Precision Rack 7910, which offers all the capabilities of the Tower 7910 in a 2U rack form factor, with complete qualification and support for workstation virtualization with Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX hypervisors. It is also the first Dell Precision workstation to include an Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), which increases security by enabling complete remote datacentre manageability in a “lights out” environment.

Delivering outstanding performance gains over previous generation systems, the new tower and rack workstations feature next-generation Intel Xeon processors and are available with the latest AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro professional-grade graphics technology. The new workstations also offer improved I/O performance and data availability with up to 1TB[3] of DDR4 RDIMM memory, enabling users to manage complex data sets rapidly and with ease. Availability of Thunderbolt 2 technology on the new towers increases productivity and workflow innovation, supporting data transfer speeds of up to 20Gb/s and allowing for simultaneous 4k video file transfer.

Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0

The new systems feature the latest version of Dell’s performance enhancing software tool, the Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 (DPO), which will be available for download starting September 4, and will be factory-installed on Dell’s new line of tower workstations beginning in mid-October., DPO v2.0 provides automatic dynamic performance tuning of the workstation system settings according to the application, an exclusive feature of Dell Precision workstations, and enables consolidated system utilization tracking, reporting, and system updates. As measured by industry standard benchmark tests, Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0 increases application performance by up to 121 per cent[4].

With Dell Precision Optimizer v2.0, users will have access to an updated graphical user interface for improved usability, enhanced systems management capabilities, and expanded language support. The update also adds new performance profiles for Autodesk 3ds Max and Inventor, increasing total available profiles to 13, including Adobe Creative Cloud (PhotoShop, Premier Pro, After Effects, Media Encoder), Autodesk (AutoCAD, Maya), Dassault Systèmes (CATIA, Solidworks), PTC Creo, and Siemens NX.

Enabling enhanced productivity, the systems also feature Dell’s Intel Cache Acceleration Software for Workstations (Intel CAS-W), a caching solution that improves storage speeds for better overall performance.

Dell’s Most Secure, Manageable and Reliable Workstations

Available with Dell Data Protection malware, authentication and encryption endpoint security solutions and backed by a Dell limited hardware warranty[5] and optional 24×7 direct access to enterprise-level support with Dell ProSupport, the new systems offer best-in-class security, manageability and reliability. Dell’s exclusive, patented Reliable Memory Technology (RMT) proactively prevents catastrophic memory failures and extends memory life, while Dell-unique Intel vPro extensions allow remote BIOS management and hard drive wipe, even when systems are offline. The Dell Client Command Suite provides free automation tools that help automate and streamline system deployment, monitoring and updating in complex IT environments.

Dell works closely with independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Adobe, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks to make sure that the Dell Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910 workstations are tested and certified in advance of launch, allowing customers to use new technology faster than ever and easing their transition onto a new hardware platform.

Another innovative feature available on the new systems is the Dell Quick Resource Locator (QRL), which provides immediate access to extensive system information and detailed “how to” videos accessible via smartphone and a model-specific QR code, helping customers to be more efficient and effective in managing their hardware.

Extending Dell’s partnership with Teradici, the two companies today introduced new software that gives mobile workers instant access to a rich remote computing experience regardless of location. The new Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software offers an ultra-secure solution that makes remote access possible in a matter of minutes. The new easy-to-deploy software client is compatible with the Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910 and Rack 7910 as well as earlier Dell Precision workstation systems.

Dell OEM Solutions is also offering an XL version of the new Precision tower and rack workstations, with a stable platform and three year component stability, specially designed to enable OEM customers to better manage their solution life-cycles.

The new Dell Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910 and Rack 7910 workstations will be available in Canada starting on September 9, 2014.

About Dell

Dell Inc. is an American privately owned multinational computer technology company based in Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells, repairs and supports computers and related products and services. The company is one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide.[3]

Dell sells personal computers, servers, data storage devices, network switches, software, computer peripherals, HDTVs, cameras, printers, MP3 players and electronics built by other manufacturers. The company is well-known for its innovations in supply chain management and electronic commerce, particularly its direct-sales model and its “build-to-order” or “configure to order” approach to manufacturing—delivering individual PCs configured to customer specifications.

Linksys wireless range extenders boost wifi signal up to 10,000 square feet

wi-fi range extender

I’ve often had issues with my wifi signal cutting out or dropping off completely. That’s why today I’m going to talk about wireless range extenders.

Linksys, a leading brand in wireless networking, today announced its new lineup of Linksys Wi-Fi Range Extenders. Consumers often experience a weak wireless signal in some parts of their house or apartment caused by blocking elements such as walls or interference from other devices like baby monitors, microwaves or DECT phones. The new Linksys Range Extenders help maximize wireless coverage and help eliminate “dead spots” in the Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home.

Consumers can choose between three new powerful versions – Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE6500), Linksys N600 PRO Wi-Fi Range Extender(RE4000W) and the Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (RE3000W). The RE6500 and RE4000W are dual band range extenders featuring Cross-Band technology which helps provide a stronger and more consistent signal throughout the home. All three range extenders are compatible with any wireless router and are designed to extend b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi signals.

Strategy Analytics, an industry research firm recently reported that Wi-Fi is already being built into 68 per cent of all consumer electronics devices sold in the U.S.  “That is a lot of devices in the home that need a good reliable signal to perform,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management for Linksys.  “Consumers are depending on Wi-Fi for their smartphones to avoid burning through their mobile data plan, or for streaming to TV or tablets in all areas of the home.  A stable and strong Wi-Fi signal is critical for connecting the devices in your home today and the devices users are sure to bring into their home in the coming years; a good range extender can help future-proof their home as those devices are added, as well as provide a rich media experience.”


Linksys AC1200 MAX Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE6500

The RE6500 helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots throughout the home by increasing the wireless signal from an existing wireless-AC router. With up to 10,000 sq. ft. of coverage, the RE6500 also comes equipped with Cross-Band technology that enables the Wi-Fi signal to simultaneously receive data on one band and transmit on another. The result is a stronger, more consistent signal throughout your home. With four Gigabit Ethernet ports, users can hardwire their devices for faster streaming and gaming. Music fans can connect a stereo system or audio speaker to the RE6500 and stream music from a smart device or computer. The Wi-Fi range extender is designed for flexible placement options so users can enjoy all their devices, from anywhere in their home.

Key Features:

  • Next-Generation Wireless-AC Technology featuring simultaneous dual-band speeds up to N300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) + AC867 Mbps (5 GHz) to reduce traffic and maximize data
  • Cross-Band Technology maximizes the simultaneous use of both bands for faster data transfer speeds
  • Audio Streaming Capability – Connect a stereo system or audio speakers to the RE6500 to wirelessly stream music from a smart device or computer
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports extend the range of four wired devices to ensure uninterrupted media streaming and fast data transfer
  • Detachable External Antennas that can be adjusted to provide the best coverage
  • Universal Compatibility – compatible with all a/b/g/n/ac devices
  • Works with any router or gateway, including routers supplied by service provider
  • Easy Setup, requires no CD


Linksys N600 PRO Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE4000W

The RE4000W helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots throughout the home by increasing the wireless signal of an existing router. RE4000W extends the wireless coverage up to 7,500 sq. ft. and features Cross-Band technology, allowing the Wi-Fi signal to receive information on one band and transmit on another. The result is a stronger, more consistent signal throughout your home. Two Fast Ethernet ports provide hardwire connectivity, allowing users to experience faster streaming and gaming. The RE4000W can be plugged directly into a wall outlet and setup is simple and fast.


Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender – RE3000W

The RE3000W helps eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots in the home or apartment by increasing the 2.4 GHz wireless signal of an existing router. With up to 5,000 sq. ft. of additional coverage, the RE3000W offers N300 Mbps speeds, which makes it great for surfing the web and basic online uses. The RE3000W Wi-Fi Range Extender can be plugged directly into a wall outlet and can be easily connected to wireless signals throughout the home.

The chart below helps provide a quick look at how the new Linksys range extenders stack up and which one would be ideal for a user’s home experience. A range extender white paper is also available, and goes into more detail about what range extenders are and how to choose the right one.


Features RE3000W RE4000W RE6500
Wireless Speed N300 N600 AC1200
Extended Reach Up to 5,000 Sq. Feet* Up to 7,500 Sq. Feet* Up to 10,000 Sq. Feet*
Wireless Band Single Band (2.4 GHz) Simultaneous Dual Band2.4 GHz + 5 GHz Simultaneous Dual Band2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
CrossBand Yes Yes
Plug-in or Desktop Plug-In Plug-In Desktop
Wireless Audio Yes
Wired Ports 1 Ethernet 2 Ethernet 4 Gigabit
Bridge Yes Yes Yes
MSRP Price $79.99 $89.99 $129.99


Pricing and Availability

The RE6500 is available immediately at major retail and online resellers for an MSRP of $129.99. The RE3000W and RE4000W are available for an MSRP of $79.99 and $89.99 respectively.


About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design, and customer service.  Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.


*Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specification. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.

Range specifications are based on performance test results under normal use case conditions. Actual ranges will increase or decrease depending on wireless obstructions, operating environments and building material. Wireless coverage claims are used only as reference and are not guaranteed, as each wireless network is unique.


BELKIN, LINKSYS and many product names and logos are trademarks of Belkin International.  Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


Cologix Vancouver site offers state of the art technology and high security

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Companies have multiple options when managing IT infrastructure. They have to look at costs, equipment, physical location and security concerns. Cologix aims to ease some of these worries by offering both the physical location and a high level of security to their customers.

The Denver based company opened its newest site in Vancouver on March 23rd, 2014. They have 18 Data Centres across North America, with Canadian facilities in Montreal and Toronto, and two in Vancouver. Phase 1 of the newest data centre in Vancouver is complete and is now 30 percent sold. It offers 7,000 square feet of space for customers. Phase 2 which is under construction will be 8,000 square feet bringing the centre to 15,000 total.

After touring the facility, I was impressed. Not only did I learn a lot ahome2bout the company but also what Cologix is able to offer its customers is nothing short of impressive. During my tour I spoke with Andrew Fowler, Sales Director for Cologix Canada.

“We are measured by the company we keep,” says Fowler. “Look at our customer list and see who is a Cologix customer. You will be impressed. We also offer a highly secure facility, are available 24/7 and are easy to do business with.”

Companies often worry about what will happen to their networks should there be a power failure. Cologix is able to support power even without BC Hydro.

“We have 2 UPS Banks and 2 Generators that would allow us to keep the facility running should we lose power. We also have two large diesel engines which can each give a separate day’s worth of power. Our backups options are also tested often to make sure that they will be ready to go should when needed.”

Network Neutral and Colocation Space

Cologix operates as a network neutral data centre a term I had not heard of before. A quick search on the web led me to find this info on Wikipedia.  A network-neutral data center is a data center  which allows interconnection between multiple telecommunication carriers and/or colocation providers. Network-neutral data centers exist all over the world and vary in size and power.

A telecommunications carrier could run a data may be or may not be a colocation provider as well. They would sell organizations using their services such as internet access. Cologix does do this. It provides physical space and power only for its customers.

Cologix in Vancouver now has two colocation spaces – at 555 West Hastings, which is Harbour Centre, and at 1050 West Pender Street.  The facility at 1050 West Pender Street has a physical connection to Harbour Centre via fibre optic cable and that could allow it to act as an annex of Harbour Centre site, something that many companies would find appealing.

When asked why Vancouver was chosen as a site for Cologix Fowler says this has many advantages. “Being in the PST timezone is useful for our customers. We’re also close to a big U.S. city like Seattle. Our customers also like that data storage occurs outside of the US and that Vancouver is well connected to Asia.”

Cologix Opens Second Data Centre in Vancouver


Cologix opened its second Vancouver site last week, providing an additional 15,000 square feet of inventory at 1050 West Pender Street. Companies thirsting for robust, network neutral colocation options in downtown Vancouver now have a new option. Cologix is a network neutral interconnection and data centre company.

Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest market, home to more than two million residents and a rich base of technology companies built on a home2strong entrepreneurial spirit. In particular, the Vancouver economy has a booming film production, content and creative industries focus.  However, local and national companies wanting to route more business through Vancouver have found limited network neutral colocation options downtown. Cologix’s new facility was built to meet pent-up demand and create a more efficient on-ramp to global networks and clouds.

Phase 1 of the build-out has been successfully commissioned, including space for 200 cabinets supported by N+1 cooling, redundant UPS systems and N+1 generators. In Vancouver, green business is important, so the site is designed for ultra-efficiency, leveraging air-side economizers and a hot air containment system that enables the outside climate to cool the data centre for the majority of the year. Six fibre networks in the building can be accessed through Cologix’s Meet-Me-Room. Customers also have connectivity options to networks at the carrier hotel six blocks away at 555 West Hastings riding a low latency, dark fibre ring.

“Vancouver is a growing market within the global network traffic map. Similar to the other markets that Cologix serves, it’s an emerging technology region that requires a high level of connectivity,” said Grant van Rooyen, president and chief executive officer, Cologix. “We’re making a significant investment in Vancouver to address the void left by underinvestment in downtown data centre capacity and the consolidation of network neutral providers by carriers. A strong pre-sales period has validated the market need from both local and global firms.”

As of the March 25 opening date, 25 percent of the facility’s Phase 1 space has already been sold.

1050 West Pender Street is Cologix’s eighteenth data centre in North America and its eleventh in Canada. The successful commissioning marks Cologix’s fourth new build in the last 13 months. Cologix is celebrating 1050 West Pender Street’s commission by hosting a networking event bringing together Vancouver’s service providers and buyers on April 23, 2014 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver.

About Cologix Inc.

Cologix Inc. is a network neutral interconnection and colocation company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Cologix provides scalable interconnection services and secure, reliable colocation services. Cologix operates densely connected, strategically located facilities in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With more than 350 network choices and 18 prime interconnection locations, Cologix now serves over 700 carrier, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers. The company’s experienced local service teams are committed to providing its customers the highest standard of local customer support.


D-Link Dual Band AC Range Extender first ever in Canada

D-Link Logo

D-LinkLast week D-Link, Canada’s leader in home networking, introduced the Wireless AC Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520), the first-ever Dual Band AC Range Extender available in Canada.

The newest addition to its highly popular Wireless Range Extender family, the Wireless AC Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520) offers next generation Wireless Dual Band AC technology and delivers interference-free wireless signals to hard-to-reach areas in your home or backyard.

“Whether you’re using a smartphone in your basement or a tablet in your backyard, encountering a Wi-Fi dead zone can be extremely frustrating. As more Canadians bring mobile and connected devices into their home, the amount of time spent online, as well as the need for stronger wireless signals will continue to surge,” said Lou Reda, President of D-Link Canada, Inc. “D-Link’s latest range extender offers Wireless AC speeds and is backwards compatible, allowing users to keep their current Wi-Fi router. It provides a quick and easy way to extend your current wireless N or wireless AC networks, enabling you to use a range of mobile devices and even add dual band connectivity to an existing home network.”

The DAP-1520 works with all wireless brands1 and allows users to add 5GHz of connectivity to a single band network with the push of a button, meaning whether you have a dual band router or not you can take advantage of the better throughput and reduced interference you get with a dual band network.

The DAP-1520 delivers AC750 (300 + 433Mbps) dual band wireless speeds and features one- touch configuration. Simply push the Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM (WPS) button on the range extender and then on the router or Wi-Fi modem you want to extend, and the range extender will automatically configure itself.

DAP-1520 Wireless Dual Band Range Extender features

  • Dual Band Connectivity – Utilizes either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band to communicate with the existing single or dual band router while broadcasting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals to connected devices
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup – Push button for easy connectivity to a wireless network
  • Flexibility – Compatible with any wireless router brand1
  • Wireless AC – High-speed wireless connectivity to devices
  • Backward Compatible – Wireless 802.11n/g/b/a backward compatibility
  • Secure Wireless Encryption – Offers WPATM and WPA2TM security
  • Dimensions – 3.62″ x 2.28″ x 1.35″Availability and Pricing:

D-Link’s Wireless Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1520) is available now for $79.99 throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail outlets in Canada. Detailed specifications and information are available online at

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. Connect with D-Link on Facebook ( and Twitter (