Author: estreamnetworks

eGate Solution – Our Firewall Service
05 Feb

Today, Most Enterprise Internets are faced with slowness which create a low level of reliability that oftentimes impact on business operations.

For example
 Company XYZ buys a 6 MBPS internet bandwidth from ISP ABC
 XYZ has a total of 50 users but about 10 concurrent users.
 XYZ experiences a persistent slowness of the internet and escalates same to ABC.
 ABC checks the usage graph and inform XYZ of over-utilizing their bandwidth.
 Frustrated at the fact that only 3 users are connected at the time of the incident, XYZ’s System/network administrator finds out that the 3 users are actually killing the bandwidth by watching online movies for long hours. He then resolve to looking for a measure to monitor web activities and control usage…….

It is a known fact that even only 2 users can over utilize a 100 MBPS bandwidth. Hence organizations must have measures in place to have a view of each users web activities, throughput and be able to control same. Such measures have proven expensive especially in recent times.
The good news : eStream Networks Ltd, with her talented local and foreign experts and partners, have recently released a product called e-Gate into the IT/Technology market.

Who can use it?
The CE version of the e-Gate product is designed for all enterprise of any sector using internet as a tool of trade.

How it works?
e-Gate is a network device that looks like the conventional network switch. It can be configured in routing or switching mode( transparent mode). So it sits on your LAN and all your internet traffic is configured to pass through this device.
The Network OS on the device has the intelligence to carefully read each packet and do something called Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). This allows it to display all web activities, URL, Local IP address visiting that URL, amount of bandwidth being consumed by that user, etc in a graphical and tabular form.

An administrator can instruct the Network OS running on the e-Gate to block web activities by either using the URL (eg. Youtube.com) or category blocking (eg. social media). The e-Gate then blocks web activities thereby conserving bandwidth for official tasks alone. This is one of the numerous methods the e-Gate uses in blocking web activities.

Secondly, the e-Gate has the capability to throttle each user to a particular bandwidth. For example, the administrator can configure each user not to exceed 512 kbps. This allows for equal bandwidth usage by all users. If only the users will open one or two tabs at a time, 512 kbps will be enough !!!.

Thirdly, there is a feature in this device called CAPTIVE PORTAL. This is particularly handful for wireless users as it takes the security of the network beyond WiFi-password which in most cases the janitors even have. Captive portal ensures that even if you have the WiFi password, you are still required to authenticate into the network using vouchers which can be expired. This is a common scenario in most campus network and hotels around the world.
More so, this e-Gate device function as a firewall device and compete with the industry firewall devices like the Cisco ASA, Sophos etc. One edge it has over all other competing product and devices is that it is cheap to deploy and maintain. Plus the MRC/QRC/ARC is about 40% of the competing products/devices.

Tired of your slow internet speed? why not try out the e-Gate today?
To know more about this product:
Contact 08177700035, enterprisesales@estreamnetworks.net to place an order.

What is Machine to Machine (M2M)?
22 Jan

Machine to Machine (M2M) refers to a wireless or wired network setup that allows devices of the same type and ability to communicate freely.

This type of system can be used in a variety of ways and has advanced over the last few decades with the creation of global Internet and IP network systems, facilitating enhanced and efficient communications over long distances and between large numbers of devices.

M2M technologies typically use sensors to capture data that is fed through networks, providing critical input to various types of machines that perform different tasks.
Although a broad term, M2M usually refers to the use of these distributed systems to control industrial or manufacturing equipment. One such system is telemetry, which uses radio waves to facilitate this type of communication between devices.

Those discussing the history of M2M systems may point to the evolution of new smart meter utility systems, automotive technologies and the integration of more intelligent networking systems with a broader variety of machines and appliances. The emergence of new models, like Web-distributed software, is also helping M2M technologies evolve and gain ground within manufacturing and industrial industries.

By adding our M2M technology to your business, we are giving you the power to streamline workflow and enable machines communicate with each other and transform into a system of networks that transmits data for a quicker, easier, cost-effective and resilient network connectivity while using less power to ATM, POS Terminals, and Surveillance devices etc. It is a secure and reliable low bandwidth solution suitable for the financial sector, retail and SOHOs. Now you can gain great control of your business so you know what’s happening where and when.
Kindly forward a mail to enterprisesales@estreamnetworks.net or retailsales@estreamnetworks.net., or call 090-874-757-52 for more information on how we can assist your business with our M2M solution.

HOW TO CHOOSE A RELIABLE BROADBAND INTERNET IN NIGERIA
24 May

Choosing a reliable broadband Internet is becoming a great expense for individuals, SMEs and Large Organization because of the Lack of experience in making the right choice.

While different Broadband Companies boast of their strengths in different areas, it is very important you learn how to choose a reliable broadband service in Nigeria.

To begin, you will need an established fact of your present and future organizational or personal technology/Internet needs. Questions like how many PCs do you have and need in future; What type of service do you offer your customers; What is the minimum bandwidth size of internet data cap will you need for your business needs; etc, must be the first questions to be asked from your own end before making enquiries about which internet service provider to choose for reliable fast internet.

This article introduces the most important factors to consider when trying to select a Broadband service in Nigeria.

IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A RELIABLE BROADBAND SERVICE COMPANY.

Personal or Business?

It is no news that Broadband Companies in Nigeria offer different types of services to these two basic category of users in the country i.e Individual users and Business Users. Business users usually demand a dedicated internet bandwidth for fast Internet connectivity and optimal business solution while the individual users mostly uses a capped internet connectivity with shared internet Speed. If you fall under Business Category of users, it is important you know the type of service or products your ISP offers, if they cater for your needs. It will be very disastrous for a Multinational business company to use a capped internet data with lower speed for Internet purpose.

Upload and Download Speed.

Most times ISP companies design internet connectivity solution with High download speed and low Upload Speed for individual or personal users.

In our local environment, we all are used to the word ‘download’ speed with little or no recognition to ‘upload’ speed. Just as the earlier is important, the later is also very important depending on what personal or business needs it is used for. For instance if you do a business whereby heavy files needs to be sent or uploaded via the internet. Then it is incumbent upon you or organization to consider the upload speed just as you consider the download speed.

Cost of Service.

One of the major factors every individual and business is quick to consider is the cost associated with the service provided by the broadband company. Most business package comes with an installation cost and cost of internet service provided, A router, cable, Pole, etc might also be purchased separately by you or your organization depending on the requirement needed for the job. if you use internet service for personal use, then buying a sim card, MiFi, CPE, etc is just about everything you need apart from your PC, Smart Device, etc

Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Most of broadband companies will boast of 99.9% up-time. You knowing that they can’t really achieve this, it is very important that a well-structured S.L.A is created to protect both parties from unnecessary loss. The S.L.A mostly applies to Business Users only while Return/Refund Policy can be for those who use it for private uses which allows users to test it speed capability and other features for a particular period of time before final purchase or return.

Coverage Area.

This is a priority feature to consider if you are a personal/Private user that carries your mobile internet device anywhere. Be sure that they have a larger coverage around where you spend most of your time. For Business Enterprise users, you might also put this into consideration but not as much as you will if you were a personal user. A prequalification survey is usually done before installation takes place, so if the connection is achievable via either a Fibre-Optic, VSAT or radio, it is stated and if otherwise, source for another that can give you a strong Link.

YOU DON”T HAVE TO DO THIS ALONE…

This factors stated might be so complex if you do not have the required technical skill set and experience to do it. You can kindly get in touch with us for our top notch broadband service.

You get all the above factors checked for you free with our Reliable broadband Service. All you need to do is CHOOSE US.

The Role of Technology in Business
03 May

As technology is growing at a very fast rate, businesses has begun to adapt to its uses making it one of the most important haves for business.

Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives. Take a look around you and you’ll see how technology have revolutionized our ecosystem. Credits to the Internet, virtually anything you desire can be delivered to your door in a matter of seconds, minutes, hours or days. Undeniably there has been a paradigm shift towards a universal recognition of how vital the incorporation of technology is key to a businesses’ survival.
With the era of “Big Data” and “Internet of Things” springing all over, it is important we analyze the Indispensable impact of technology on business.
Communication
The absence of the technology in communication will cause a lot of delays in business community. There are now basic business communication tools made available via the intervention of technology through various means such as the  our Broadband Services. Business communication tools such as emails, video conferencing, VOIP telephony, etc has made business to progress at a very good pace.
Marketing/Advertising
Technology has impacted the field of marketing techniques of every business significantly. In marketing, the impacts of technology are broad. Business communities around the world are tasked with managing more marketing options than ever before. Technology has also impacted the ability to collect and organize marketing data and analysis which are regarded as Marketing Assets and can be used for multiple purposes. This collection of data and analytics are made available in different formats and gotten through various channels such as Search engines, Social Media, Blogs, etc.
Cloud Computing
Cloud computing allows business organizations large, medium and small to migrate some of their operation to third-party servers which are accessible via Internet connection. One of the most important feature of cloud computing is it has allowed small business access to resources that would have been cost prohibitive for them in the past.
Social Impact
The world is getting smaller as Technology is beginning to link and join people from different locations together virtually via online social communities. An online Social Network such as Facebook has been able to factor Business promotion and marketing as part of their cores while considering the original purpose of linking people together easily.
Mobile Solution
Smart Phones/Gadget is “The Next Big Thing.” With so much hype about how it might be the only thing you need to do virtually anything, Technology and Internet Duo such as Google has revamped its algorithm to prioritize mobile view and speed as one of its major factor in search engine preference. Businesses can now enjoy this benefit too because major Business software companies are also factoring Mobile as part of their major markets so as to ease the affairs of Business needs.
Conclusions
“Technology is a Strong Wave… You either move with it or it wipes you out”. Technology has come to change the way things are done generally in different aspect of our lives. Any resistance to this change that comes with it, makes the entity irrelevant or simply too hard to handle thereby leading to its face out in no time. The impact of technology on business is so massive and can’t be limited to the above alone. They are still many that hasn’t been captured because of the precise and discreet nature of this article. This is the major reason why various Businesses can’t afford to be resistant in any way to this trend.

3 ways the Internet has made democracy better
15 Feb

The internet has come to stay in our lives, so has democracy too. The relationship between these entities has been significant in Nigeria and other democratic nations over the years. A lot of people are beginning to think of the internet as a democratic medium where freedom of expression is granted to the least person as long as they have access to internet service.

This is because there is little or no centralized control in these countries where freedom of expression is allowed. This in turn has made censorship over what is uploaded online and making it difficult to be controlled centrally.

Some of the ways in which the Internet has helped democracy are as follows:

 

  1. The internet has given the people a voice

The use of cheap and fast Internet services has given rise to mass communication through social media platforms, chat rooms, newsgroups, emails and others.

This has broken certain boundaries especially in traditional broadcast media, written letters and telephones.

People can now express themselves openly online, through aliases or anonymously about the government without fear of getting harassed or arrested thanks to home internet service. This has encouraged others to take part in matters concerning the government.

A few people are now called ‘social media influencers’ because their ideas are accepted by Internet users who ‘follow’ these people on various social media platforms.

 

  1. The internet has provided more information to people

The Internet, due to its massive digital network with little control, a wide variety of communication between people across the globe is achieved.

Democracy has partly become dependent on the Internet because it has become one of the major sources of information for many Nigerians.

The Internet has aided in the education of people about democracy, keeping people in line with daily happenings in the government. The 2015 general elections in Nigeria is a clear example of how democracy thrived with the help of the Internet.

The Internet was filled with advertisements from political parties and their opponents, generating numerous responses from both young and old citizens who couldn’t wait to cast their votes for whoever they thought was the right candidate.

Nowadays, the internet is the only place people look to for relevant information because it is easy to find user friendly information. People are likely to discuss and debate about politics online than anywhere else in this digital world.

Internet users get information about politicians online and in turn those vying for political posts can get both advice and constructive criticisms from citizens they interact with online. All these help in faster decision making by those in power and the people who are ruled.

The ability for those holding political posts to effectively communicate with the people is part of the beauty of democracy.

 

  1. The government is more transparent and held accountable

The Internet has opened the eyes of citizens who can boldly hold their government accountable due to transparency between the both parties.

Transparency has helped both the government and citizens understand each other and build a better, stronger relationship. This had led to effective governance and more voluntary participation from people.

The effect of the Internet on democracy has been effective in decreasing political corruption to a large extent and also the preservation of democracy. A very good example of this is the ‘Budget Padding Scandal’ that was exposed through Social Media

The world has been brought to political consciousness in terms of internal conflicts, activisms, revolutions, demonstrations when governance isn’t going right. The people’s call for accountability from their government is highly influenced by networking thanks to high speed internet. With your mobile wifi you can surf the internet on -the –go and get things done in real time.

The Internet has become a way for the world to learn the truth especially in un-democratic countries where traditional media is heavily censored.

eStream Networks is a proud supporter of democracy in Nigeria. With our Corporate High speed (Uncapped/Unlimited) internet access available all over Nigeria, and our 4G-LTE Internet Access available in some parts of Lagos State, freedom of expression is faster and your voice is heard as a citizen of this great nation. We also offer the best VPN services nationwide at a very affordable rate.