Secured Retail Networks Named to CRN's MSP 500 & Managed Security 100

Secured Retail Networks Named to CRN’s MSP 500 & Managed Services 100

Foothill Ranch, CA — February 26, 2019Secured Retail Networks, Inc. of Orange County, CA announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Secured Retail Networks to its 2019 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Managed Security 100 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with innovative approaches to managed services. These services help customers improve operational efficiencies, maximize return on IT investments, and continuously help them navigate the complexities of IT solutions.

Managed service providers are integral to the success of businesses everywhere. They empower companies to implement and operate complex technologies while staying within their budgets and keep focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list identifies the most groundbreaking managed service organizations, with advanced solutions that have endless potential for growth.

This annual list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premises and off-premises services; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premises, cloud-based security services.

Secured Retail Networks’ management credits the company’s success to its team’s ability to understand and anticipate the needs of their retail and hospitality clients, an industry that typically requires reliability and security. Over the past decade, Secured Retail Networks has built a strong reputation for quality, working with top restaurant and retail chains around the world.

“It is an honor to be named by CRN to the Managed Security 100 for 2019,” said John Gapinski, founder and President of Secured Retail Networks. “Year after year, we strive to provide the best quality network security solutions for our retail, restaurant, and hospitality partners. Our focus is on quality—we engineer the best possible IT solution based on the individual business objectives of our clients. We back up our solutions with the highest level of service in our industry.”

“Capable MSPs enable companies to take their cloud computing to the next level, streamline spending, effectively allocate limited resources and navigate the vast field of available technologies,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on CRN’s 2019 MSP 500 list stand out for their innovative services, excellence in adapting to customers’ changing needs and demonstrated ability to help businesses get the most out of their IT investments.”

The MSP500 list will be featured in the February 2019 issue of CRN and online at

Download the press release here: Secured Retail Networks Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services (PDF)

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Wireless Solutions of the Future

Can you believe the introduction of Wi-Fi took place at the turn of the century? Before this, several variations of modern wireless technology were produced beginning in the early 1970s. Although wireless technology is still far from perfect, the future of wireless solutions looks promising.

Wi-Fi becomes a Household Term

The original version of 802.11 wireless technology, the building block for current routing devices, had its introduction in 1997. Its link speeds capped around 2Mbps, equal to 0.25MB/s. To put this number in perspective, it takes 70 minutes to transfer 1GB of data at this speed.

The Wi-Fi Alliance formed in 1999, trademarking the popular radio technology. That same year, the Alliance introduced 802.11b, with speeds of up to 11Mbps. Within just a couple of years, Wi-Fi became a household term and created a global revolution.

Evolving up until 802.11n in 2009, this technology transmitted frequencies over 2.4GHz bands at speeds up to 600Mbps.

The Future of Wireless Solutions

From its humble origins, Wi-Fi has dramatically advanced. The latest advancement to reach the marketplace is 802.11ac. This technology takes advantage of 5GHz bands for transmitting signals at speeds up to several gigabits per second.

Wave 1 of 802.11ac technology replaced 802.11n in 2013. While the previous technology got businesses where they needed to be for productivity, the ever-growing Internet of things forced wireless solutions’ development further to prepare for the crowded future. Wave 1 technology can deliver speeds up to 1.3Gbps.

Wave two is the latest iteration of 802.11ac and is theoretically capable of delivering multiple gigabits per second. The technology is in its early stage of adoption, so it’s currently hard to give final numbers.

So how fast is this technology? Netflix suggests its users have an internet connection speed of 25Mbps or higher to stream movies in 4k. This means Wave 2 technology when pushed to its current limits could stream dozens of 4k videos at one time.

Beyond data transfer speeds, Wave 2 technology comes with a variety of upgrades, including security, reliability, and scalability.

Bluetooth and Cellular Data Services are other familiar wireless technologies that have grown alongside Wi-Fi. Each serves a different purpose because of their inherent technological capabilities. You can read about the advancement of these technologies here and here.

Is This the First Time You’ve Heard about Wave 2?

Wireless technologies are expanding at an astronomical rate. While we’ve just brushed the surface in this blog, there’s so much to cover. Finally, if this is your first time reading about Wave 2 technology, or you’ve never considered upgrading your current wireless solutions, you could be costing your company time and money.


Don’t watch your productivity decrease while the rest of the world keeps getting faster. Let our team at Secured Retail Networks help.

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