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The Network Maintenance Equation: How to Keep your Systems Running Smoothly

    Technology, especially when it’s something new, can be daunting. From technical jargon to unexplained acronyms, at times it can be downright frustrating to keep your systems running smoothly. We’ve all purchased something that seemed like it would function beautifully, but then for one reason or another, it would not connect to Wi-Fi, could not stay connected, and just did not work the way it should. Or perhaps that...

5 Capabilities Your Business Phone System Needs During a Pandemic

  Businesses have been flooded with calls lately as people try to reschedule appointments that were canceled during Michigan’s Executive Order(s). Now, more than ever, making sure you can speak with your customers consistently is vital. How can you make sure you respond to the needs of your customers if your business phone systems are not operating properly and your employees are all in different places?

5 Things to NEVER Say to a Customer on the Phone

In today’s highly connected and fast paced world, you need a business phone system that provides personal service at any time, regardless if you are able to physically be in your office or not. Did you know that a voice-over-IP (VOIP), managed phone system is affordable, easy to use, and it gives you so much more flexibility and great features that help you avoid the 5 things you should NEVER say to a customer while on the phone?

3 Risks of Flat Networks and How to Mitigate Them

What Is a Flat Network? Also called a “basic network”, a flat network is where all the devices in the facility are connected to each other. Each device can “talk” to every other device, from the phones in the service department to the cameras at the point of sale to the computers in accounting; there’s no compartmentalization, no segmentation, no differentiation, no prioritization. No levels, ergo, flat. While these types of networks are...

4 Systems Your Small Business Spends Too Much Money On

  Since we first started 1959, we’ve been huge supporters of our local West Michigan community.  With over 60 years of experience in providing professional services like phone, video, cloud computing, internet, and networking systems, we’ve been around the block a few times and know that every dollar counts – especially when it comes to the foundational systems that keep your company running smoothly. When working with local...

David’s House Ministries – Case Study

The Client David’s House Ministries is located in Wyoming, MI, providing Adult Foster Care homes and community living support services for adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries living in the Greater Grand Rapids community.  

Why VanBelkum Deploys High Availability Networks

You may ask, “why would anyone need two firewalls?” Well, here’s the deal, all hardware can fail. We all know this is true, but what can we do to keep that from happening to mission critical electronics that run our businesses? One of the many things that can be done is to run two firewalls concurrently (HA or High Availability), so that if one fails the other can instantly take over the job. Extremely high uptimes are the name of the game, and...

Welcome to VanBelkum Services

  Having been in the voice business since 1959 there are some questions that we have heard many times…   Do I need new phones, or do I even need a phone?Do I go cloud or premise?Is it secure?Is my network good enough?Isn’t voice all the same? While we are always happy to answer these questions, the purpose of this blog is to share some of the other exciting things that we are working on. Things like:    

Don’t Sign That Contract

  Most businesses today have a variety of services that come into their offices. From internet connections to video conferencing, each service has its own contract that has to be monitored and maintained in order to continue normal business operations. It is quite easy to simply resign the contract year after year without thinking about what each contract really contains. Here at VanBelkum, we want you to take a step back and let...

Not All VoIP Providers Are Created Equal

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