Jennifer Leah Stong-Michas

Freelance Writer

Jennifer Leah Stong-Michas is a freelance writer who lives in central Pennsylvania.

Articles by Jennifer Leah Stong-Michas

February 2006
Renovation generally occurs when a building or facility needs some major improvements. It is big business since it bridges the gap between moderately upgrading a facility and building a new one. In fact, most renovation projects are considered to be construction projects because the work involved goes above and beyond simple moves, adds and changes. READ MORE
February 2006
Gi-Fi, shorthand for Gigabit Wi-Fi, 802.11 and wireless Gigabit to the desktop (wGTTD), is the latest and greatest wireless technology hype. The technology would be capable of transmitting high data rates. The looming promise of Gi-Fi has already caused quite a stir about the technology’s possibilities. READ MORE
January 2006
On-demand networks are not new. Plug-and-play functionality has been a component of networking solutions for quite some time, because network access is a constant and ever-changing issue affecting most operations. As communication capabilities become critical in daily and emergency operations, the need for networking ability, regardless of location or situation, arises. READ MORE
January 2006
For some reason, maintenance generally has not been embraced by contractors in their product offerings. Even though maintenance is a perfect value-added-service opportunity, many contractors do not actively pursue this type of work. This column is the first of an ongoing series devoted to maintenance. READ MORE
December 2005
Live video has come a long way since the early 1990s. Remember the images of reporters filing news reports through the analog-transmitted video feed during the first Gulf War? It was shaky at best. But times and technology have changed and video streams are not even close to what they were then. These days, old analog types are history. Digital has helped pave the way for video to make its mark. READ MORE
November 2005
Virtual private LAN service (VPLS) connects local area networks (LANs) over the Internet and makes each private LAN act like a single Ethernet LAN. This is a seamless way to keep remote and branch locations connected-something practical in today's global marketplace. It has emerged as a new way to tap into high bandwidth. READ MORE
October 2005
It is a well-known fact that with popularity comes both praise and criticism—voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) is no exception. Whether or not to host VoIP is a question contractors need to start asking, because the decision may help close a deal or directly affect an installation. According to an International Data Corp. READ MORE
September 2005
Combining technologies has allowed many systems to become part of the mainstream. One of the latest of these opportunities, is the conglomeration of power over Ethernet (PoE) with radio frequency identification (RFID). Thus far, PoE has been quite useful in aiding in voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) as a way power to VoIP phones. READ MORE
August 2005
Network vulnerability problems often fall on the shoulders of information technology staff members and systems administrators. Though generally considered to be an issue that only affects computer and software developers and manufacturers, electrical contractors experience network vulnerability as well. Moreover, contractors could assist in making networks more secure. READ MORE