Skyrove is moving!

Attention Skyrovers, we have some exctiting news to share!
Skyrove is moving offices to Mowbray as of Monday, 19th November 2012!

Find us at: Suite 23b Unit16, The Waverley Business Park, Wyecroft Road, Mowbray 7705

Our Postal Adress remains the same: PO BOX 14031, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7705.

Skyrove tips on hotspot Data Usage.

 

There are various factors that one needs to take into consideration, when looking at data usage. If one was to take Apple products for example. If the user’s Apple device is i-Cloud enabled and there have been various changes made to the off-line content, it will, by default, update all of this to the i-Cloud storage facility. This is the same with PC users, running Dropbox with default sync settings.

 

Also take into consideration that most Anti-Virus programs will also update themselves if they detect an active internet connection. (Most PC users have their Windows Update setting under control, but various other applications like Adobe etc. might still download content even before it prompts the user to download the full update package).

 

Local email client users will also typically use more data when reading mail (Using an application such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Mozilla Thunderbird), as with POP ( “Post Office Protocol” – a type of mail service that determines how email is received and managed) the mail gets downloaded before it gets viewed. Exchange and IMAP (Also, both of these determine how mail is received and managed) will update folder changes etc. when it starts to Synchronise on connection. Whereas, when using your web browser to access mail, you view the content on the server, and minimal data transferring takes place.

 

Best would be to make sure that most of your applications, Anti-Virus etc. are all up to date as far as possible before using a Pre-Paid public Hot Spot. Also, if possible, browse your email using your browser or only download important headers and then select what mail you would like to download to read. Remember with all the active and live content used in email marketing and signatures these days, some emails might be the cause of some frustrating bandwidth usage.

 

Regards,

Skyrove Technical Team

Technology explained: Capped vs Uncapped

Capped vs Uncapped

When it comes to Capped vs Uncapped Internet, here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons, to help you decide which to choose:

Let’s start with Shaping. This is the technology used to determine what type of data is flowing through your modem, and this is used to shape your data stream to a slower or faster stream for special purposes. Remember “internet” is just a smart word for all the computers in the world connected to each other, with whatever means necessary, and all sharing the SAME pipeline, so shaping is needed for the ones misusing the lines for downloading huge files like movies.

 

Uncapped Internet
This type is the lowest priority on the network, meaning that if 10 guys are standing in a queue for bread, you will be the last one (no.10), and have to wait for everyone to finish before you can get your bread. This is exactly the same for using the internet. Your data (webpage/email/ftp) request will have to wait until everyone has finished with their requests at the same time you did yours.

- The upside of this is that you pay a very small monthly instalment and can theoretically download at least 118GB per month on the slowest line (384kbps).

- This is NOT to be used for mission-critical business applications, and is better suited to home or leisure use.

- The average cost per UnCapped line is about R149.00* per month.

 

Capped Internet
This type is the second fastest priority on the network and share its priority with Cell phone internet users seeing as there are no uncapped options available for cell phone users. Again the above example applies, but this time, you will jump from number 10 to 6 in the queue, then to number 3 and so on, bettering your time every time.

- The downside of this is that you pay a much more expensive rate per GB, and have only 2 optiosn to choose from: Prepaid, which carries the data over if not used in the same month, and is more expensive, and Capped, where you lose the data that you don’t use at the end of the month, which is a bit cheaper.

- This can be used for mission-critical business applications and home users, but NOT for heavy downloaders.

- The average cost per GB is about R59.00*

 

LeasedLine/Diginet Internet
This type is the fastest on the internet, and if you request data, ALL other users are bypassed and you get moved to the front of the queue.

- The downside is that this is the most expensive internet in the world, but the upside of it is that you will be uncapped in total, with no limitations whatsoever.

- This is usually used only for mission-critical corporations, and NOT suitable for anyone else.

- You can theoretically download about 1.3TB per month on a 512kbps line.

 

* Prices are based on ADSL line packages, and not on WISP packages.

Meraki Wireless networks that simply work.

Meraki is Skyrove’s Gold Partner in South Africa. A Meraki Wi-Fi hotspot in your location enables your customers and guests to get online quickly and easily using their laptops and smartphones.

Meraki’s products content the competitive key advantages listed below:

  • Control applications, users and devices
  • Rapid deployment with self-provisioning, self-optimizing hardware
  • Built-in multi-site management
  • Automatic monitoring and alerts
  • Future proof and always up to date, with seamless over-the-web firmware updates and new features delivered quaterly.

Meraki provides super efficient and 100% Cloud Managed products.

What does Cloud Networking mean?

Cloud Networking provides centralized mangement, visibility and control without the cost and complexity of controller appliances or overlay mangement software.

Meraki’s products are built from the ground up for cloud management, and come out of the box with centralized management, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much more. Meraki deploys quickly and easily, without training or proprietary command line interfaces.

Meraki’s founders invented Cloud Networking while working as graduate students at M.I.T. The company now has a complete line of cloud networking products that power over 20,000 customer networks, including massive global deployments with tens of thousands of devices.

How does it work?

  1. First, reliable and high-performance Meraki wireless APs switches, and security appliances are deployed in your campus or remote branches

  2. Then, Meraki devices automatically connect to Meraki’s cloud over SSL, register with your network, and download their configuration

  3. After that, you have complete visibility and control over your entire network over the web. You can configure thousands of devices, run diagnostics, or view reports with a few clicks.

  4. Finally, tasks such as RF optimization and VPN configuration are automated by the cloud, while firmware updates and application signatures are seamlessly deployed over the web.

Find any further information you may look for on www.skyrove.com and www.meraki.com

Skyrove is sponsoring the Wi-Fi for the upcoming “Joomla!day” Cape Town event

It will be held at The Pavillion Conference Centre in the V&A Waterfront, which will take place on the 17th and 18th of August 2012.

What is Joomla! and why attend?

It’s the most anticipated day in the year for developers and users of the Global Award Winning Open Source Content Management System of all time, Joomla!

The Joomla! Community is as important as the software that we use. This two day event will be two simultaneous tracks of talks taking place engaging anyone interested in Joomla!, from developers to designers and even the novice end user.

Guest speakers from Europe, USA and South Africa will be flying in to share their expertise and join in the fun!

Joomla ! Team has scheduled sessions with expert, and well-respected speakers/developers/leaders in the Joomla! Community , who will bring you up to speed on the new CMS development cycle , as well as the new possibilities that the Joomla Platform Project provides.

List of the 2012 presentations

·       Chimoora – Joomla! websites on mobile devices

·       CuppaWiFi.com – a CCK case study

·       Joomla 3.0 UX

·       Running an Online Community with Joomla!

·       Streamlining Joomla Template Deployment and Updates across multiple installations

·       The Power of LinkedIn for Joomla users & developers

·       Upgrading Joomlagov.info to Joomla 2.5 with responsive design

You want to get involved? Submit Proposal.

This event gives YOU, the participant, the chance to speak or present about topics, which are Joomla related. Joomla calls for proposals, for talks, which can range from Case studies, Tutorials, Discussions and more…

This is a chance for the participant, the Joomla user, and developer or business owner to share its experiences with the Community. The more proposals there are more exciting the event will be.

Skyrove, sponsor partner of conferences and events.

If you’re looking for fast and reliable Wi-Fi for your event, Skyrove’s Event Wi-Fi is what you need. Are you organizing a conference, training day, media tent, sports event, rock concert or any other event where you will need Internet access? Skyrove’s Event Wi-Fi provides high-speed wireless Internet for your delegates – so they can email, connect, network and report on your event.

  • Premium fast-speed Wi-Fi for hundreds of simultaneous connections
  • On-site Skyrove technicians who set up, manage and support your Wi-Fi connection throughout your event
  • Optional add-on capacity for features such as Twitter fountains, two-way video conferencing, live streaming, live surveys and more
  • Add value to your sponsors through splash page branding in delegate browsers

You can get all this from just R100 (excl VAT) per person per day!*

* Minimum R15000 total charge or 150 people

Registrations are open!

Contact information;

When? 17-18 August 2012
Where? The Pavilion, Waterfront, Cape Town

Website: joomladay.org.za
Twitter: @sajoomladay