Thank goodness for small businesses, branch offices, retail shops, convenience stores, and other organizations that serve so many of our daily needs for products and services. Together these small to medium sized organizations, or SMBs, employ more workers than large businesses, and they become intertwined in the fabric of our local communities, tailoring their offerings to meet our specific needs. You might say these small businesses have an oversized impact on our lives and our neighborhoods.
Despite the fact that they rarely have the resources or support organizations of larger firms; today’s SMBs have enormous computational, communication, and processing resources at their disposal on demand. This allows them to connect with and serve customers anywhere on the planet, in addition to supporting customers in their own neighborhoods. These capabilities are made possible by phone and data networks that connect computers, websites, and communications devices to people. Networking technology, and access to network infrastructures, are powerful tools that enable SMBs to exist and thrive.
So it makes sense that protecting networked equipment would be a vital function for SMBs and all the network installers that support them. In particular, steps need to be taken to protect the technology and the networks in small offices and business operations from damaging power surges – just as important as it is for large businesses to protect their networks. In fact, it may even be more important for small businesses to protect their systems because they often do not benefit from the network protection schemes that are included in large business buildings.
There are many operations and functions that are critically important for SMBs to protect. For example, remote offices can now remain tightly linked to headquarters by using networked communications and data links. Small retailers depend on credit card transactions that are reviewed and approved in real time over data networks or phone lines. Cloud-based functions from data backups to broadcast audio processing depend on network access; and a wide range of critical business equipment, from POS systems to security surveillance cameras, depend on network access to function.
What can small businesses, remote offices, and similar small installations do to protect their network access and networked equipment from the negative consequences of electrical surges that can enter their systems through the network cables? The answer is simple and straightforward: protect network cabling with surge protectors.
DITEK offers a range of network surge protectors specifically designed for this purpose. To address this challenge for small installations, DITEK developed the DTK-WM4NETS series of network surge protectors. These are compact, 4-channel, wall mount protectors that use state-of-the-art circuitry to provide best-in-breed surge protection for shielded Ethernet and PoE circuits. PoE extender circuits can also be protected when used with optional PoE extender modules. These protectors support data speeds up to 10GbE, and provide surge protection grounding to remote devices when used with STP cabling. The DTK-WM4NETS series is ideal for small installations where Ethernet cabling feeds require protection before entering network switches.
Fortunately for SMBs, today’s compact network surge protectors such as the DTK-WM4NETS are better than ever. They are ideal for protecting standard communications cabling as well as PoE (Power over Ethernet) variations that power surveillance cameras, switches, and other common networked equipment. The DTK-WM4NETS units are small enough to be mounted almost anywhere, provide state-of-the-art protection, and make use of Rapid-Replacement Modules so service can be restored quickly should a damaging surge event occur.
At DITEK, we create surge protection solutions to ensure that small offices and SMBs are protected from damaging electrical surges, whether those surges come through the power system, or through network cables outside or inside your office. Contact DITEK to learn how your facility and critical equipment can be best protected.