Senior Network Engineer, technology enthusiast, guitar and bass player. Joe Wilson is the creator of as well as other niche websites that can be found around on the Internets.

Is Your Bandwidth Getting Too Big for Your Pipes?

Today many companies and IT departments are seeing their current DS3’s being utilized to their maximum ability.  Many are hitting their daily throughput of 40-45Mbs and don’t know what the best migration path might be.  With most companies still using serial HSSI interfaces that can’t be upgraded where do you …

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Can’t write mem on ASA

Today while working on a config of a new ASA5510 I ran into a very strange error that I wanted to share with you. I was configured the ASA as usual. When I was finished, I issued the standard “write mem” and saw the most bizarre error message… asa# wr …

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2521, 2522 Frame Relay

A frame relay switch is an invaluable part of any Cisco home lab, whether it’s for the CCNA, CCNP, or CCIE. One of the main subject on any of the Cisco CCNA and CCNP certification exams is using and understanding Frame Relay. Frame Relay, sometimes considered a poor mans ATM, …

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Review: WAN Optimization Solutions

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I recently had the opportunity to test out and implement some of the top WAN optimization products on the market today. I was amazed at the science behind these awesome devices and how they were able to “speed” up long distance data transfers. WAN Optimization has been a bit of …

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Is Your Network Getting Backed Up?


Once your network is designed, installed and your users are happy, you next need to setup tools to keep an eye on things. There are many Network management tools available to provide us with the means to analyze what’s happening on the network. There are also a whole lot of …

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Bandwidth Solutions For Hungry Companies


Every business needs bandwidth solutions of some sort. For many businesses that require large amounts of bandwidth finding just the right solution….from a cost and application standpoint….can be a confusing process. It doesn’t have to be if you understand what to base your decision on. Like anything in information technology, …

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Lab Equipment

Need to create a home Cisco Lab? If you are studying for the any of the Cisco certifications such as CCNA, CCNP, CCDA, CCDP, CCVP, or CCIE, creating a home lab increases your chances of passing these difficult exams. Or possibly you have a home lab but are missing a …

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How to Setup EtherChannel

If you’ve ever run out of bandwidth on an up link you know you maybe thinking you need to setup an EtherChannel or PortChannel. But have you ever done it or are you wondering how to setup an etherchannel? This video does a great job of showing you how setup …

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