Author - Martin Langmaid

Solving Connectivity Challenges for Rural Business

We have been spending quite a lot of time stomping through fields and prowling round farmyards recently. Andy spent a lovely day on a beautiful lavender farm in Kent, whereas I’ve been traipsing through manure on diary and pig farms in Devon – in both cases the aim was the same, to search out bandwidth wherever it could be found and do something useful with it. We get calls all the time from rural businesses who are not only frustrated [...]

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DIY Broadband for Devon Villages?

In the local news this morning was a piece on a row between BT and a local lord over telegraph poles ruining his view which has left an entire village without superfast fibre broadband. It said that most of the work to connect Upton Pyne near Exeter has already been done, but the project has been delayed after BT and the Earl of Iddesleigh failed to agree on whether telegraph poles could be used across his land. Lord Iddesleigh said [...]

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Ferociously Passionate About Connectivity

FT2G Final Last night was the final of the Fast Track 2 Growth programme, an event held in the innovation centre at Exeter University, where all 15 finalists and their friends and family gathered to watch each other present their final pitches to the judging panel (you can see our pitch here). As a finalist ourselves, we have spent the past fortnight applying as much effort and focus as we could muster to position ourselves to be in the best possible [...]

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New Website – Fresh Start

Stopping and Thinking Is Good We were recently nominated for a business growth programme called Fast Track 2 Growth organised by Astley Media here in Exeter, and over the last few weeks and months we have been attending seminars and coaching sessions as part of the program to help us refocus the business and prepare for our next stages of growth. I have to admit that I was dubious at first about the programme. I suppose I had pigeonholed it alongside [...]

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Live HD Video Internet Streaming for Real Life First Person Shooter Level 2

[vc_message]This article has been re=posted from my personal blog and was was originally written when I was working in the role of Peplink’s Global Solution Architect.[/vc_message] I’m on the phone with Peplink partners and resellers all the time – helping with the design and support of some great and frequently challenging projects all over the world. In any given day I might be supporting an emergency services mobile cellular deployment in Brazil, a bank M2M deployment for ATMs in the US, [...]

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Portable SD-WAN Over Private Networks

SD-WAN is about Internet access right? No not always… If you were to listen to most marketing information about SD-WAN you would think that it is designed to work purely on public internet links as that is probably the easiest application to explain, and just about anyone can understand the benefits of using multiple internet links of different types from different ISPs to provide resilient internet and site to site VPN connectivity. Private networks can be used for SD-WAN too. However the [...]

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Emergency L2 WAN Replacement Using Cellular SD-WAN

A Great Big Air Gap I took a call yesterday from a MSP who had a customer with a serious WAN issue. The MSP provided public facing Internet services and complex communications infrastructure for their customer as a managed service from their datacenter that integrated tightly with the customers on premise backend services at their head office. The datacenter was connected to the customers location over a dedicated private secure Layer 2 WAN link made up of both fiber and [...]

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Free Peplink Captive Portal Splash Page Template

If you are deploying Peplink multi wan devices with captive portals then take a look at this new design for an external Splash Page. Free Wi-Fi on Public Transport I have been working on a large number of Wi-Fi deployments for public transport recently (mainly using HD2‘s and BR1‘s) to provide free public Wi-Fi hotspots. In these deployments the end customer is often a big Brand who are offering free Wi-Fi to enable them to put an advert in front of [...]

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How to reduce VPN latency over Satellite links

The challenge of VPN over satellite and other high latency links I was working on a case recently where a Peplink customer was trying to get the most out of a Satellite Internet link they had connected to a MAX HD2 cellular router. First step of course was some speedtests: Speedtest.net Speeds directly over SAT (no PepVPN) This is naturally variable but generally we see 10-14Mbps Down and 3.5Mbps Up @ 710-760ms latency Depending on the time of day this can be much lower. [...]

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