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Welcome to AREA I.T. - 
 We invite you now to enter AREA IT's website and see what a difference we can make for you.

We service commercial, domestic and, increasingly, other Technical companies (a Tech's Tech).

We have an extensive network of technical resources which includes the pooled resources of a highly skilled group of technical companies.  We are able to service most if not all of a client's requirements.

Area IT is a single point of contact for an extensive, proven pool of excellent technical companies with a very wide range of skills and training.

Area IT

We have been in business since 2004. Our experience is from working in I.T. and Communication industry since 1991 and have worked on some of Australia's largest sites.

We invite you now to enter AREA IT's web site and see what a difference we can make for you.

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We feel our experience in multiple Information Technologies is of great benefit in Systems Administration. There is a merger of technologies and these Convergent Technologies will be the driving factor in tomorrow's market place.

A good Systems Administrator will not cost you money. They will save and make you time and money. We provide Professional Technical Support in System Administration in the Information Technology and Communications fields or what is known as I.T.C.

We service clients all around Australia and a few overseas clients as well.  Most work are completed remotely.

We are 10 minutes from Coolangatta Airport and regularly travel to other areas as needed.

We are based in Tweed Heads New South Wales (NSW) Australia which is located on the border of NSW and Queensland.  Tweed Heads is on the edge of the Mt Warning Caldera and is part of the Gold Coast which is the fastest growth area in Australia - AU.  We are 1 hour south of Brisbane on the way to Sydney.  We have Murwillumbah, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Kyogle and Beaudesert within 1 hour's drive.  Tweed Heads is part of the Northern Rivers of NSW and has the Great South East and Hinterland to the north in Queensland.

"We Provide Solutions" What does this mean.

We look at your current set-up and offer solutions based around your requirements, current technology, trends and upcoming technology. 

This takes place by a meeting which is a combination of site audit, brainstorming, demonstration  training, change management and solution planning.  After the meeting a document is produced for the client that can be used as an I.C.T. (Information Communications Technology) blueprint plan.

Some of the concerns addressed include, but are not limited to -

  1. Cost to benefit
  2. Ease of use -End user experience
  3. Security
  4. Backup
  5. Reliability
  6. Redundancy
  7. Industry trends
  8. Future growth planning
  9. Multi-site planning
  10. Emerging technologies
  11. Reducing overlapping technology
  12. Effective communications
  13. Administrative controls
  14. Accessibility
  15. Proven track record of the technology
  16. Trial of new technology
  17. Change management
  18. Staff training
  19. Supply costs
  20. Ongoing running costs

  • Upon receiving the document the client owns the solution. The client may then use Area IT to implement the next stages and maintain these solutions in the future or may choose to use a third party to do so.  

    Please understand these works are required and greatly impact the next stage for efficiency and cost reduction.

    “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” 
                                           Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    Draytek Vigor 2000ac Router and Phone system

    posted 17 May 2016, 14:30 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT

    Area I.T. Server (AITS)

    posted 21 May 2013, 16:19 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 23 May 2013, 20:16 ]

    AITS ver22

    After extensive testing and configuration Area IT has offered OpenErp solution into our deliverable AITS server. OpenErp is an alternative to QuickBooks or MYOB but has lots to offer in that it is an ERP solution. 

    These books have been customised by Area I.T. for Australia with different Australian Chart of Accounts to suit different business types. The chart of accounts uses the Myob chart numbering system to make the bookkeeping as easy as possible. 

    ea IT Server or AITS - Onsite hosted solution - Version 22

    This solution is an Area I.T. solution being locally hosted and is supported by Area I.T.

    AITS V22 Server roles -
    Openerp V7 (Complete Australian Bookkeeping and ERP solution including POS) Supported by Area IT and OpenErp community.
    - with automatic books backup to cloud and/or network
    Terminal Server
    File Server
    File Backup Server
    Note - Other roles can be set-up on this server as requested.

    The server software is supplied free and we only charge for configuration, training and ongoing support if you require.

    We also offer for small businesses an Area IT supplied preconfigured Laptop with the AITS server setup for your business shipped anywhere in Australia to act as a small server and/or workstation.

    2 IT megatrends you should know about

    posted 25 Jul 2012, 20:54 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT

    HP Blog article by David Twohy

    Did you know that, according to some studies, over 90% of the world’s data was generated in the last two years? That statistic got me to thinking about where all of that data is coming from, how it is being used, and what challenges and opportunities it represents for Information Technology professionals.

    There are two big themes in terms of data generation today. The first: much of the data is unstructured, such as photos, videos, emails, tweets, and so on -- and end users are generating this data. For example, there are approximately 140 million active Twitter users today (and Twitter claims that it has surpassed 500 million total users) who send over 340 million tweets and over 1.6 billion search queries per day! That’s over 236, 000 tweets every minute! And then there’s FaceBook. As of February 2012, Facebook reported over 845 million active users, and Facebook handles more than 40 billion photos posted by its user base. If FaceBook was a country it would be the third largest country in the world, behind only India and China in population. And speaking of India, the government of India is planning to launch an initiative where every school child will be issued a tablet to help them with their schoolwork. If their plan is successful, 220 million tablets will be deployed to students in that country! Think for a moment about the educational opportunities that this program will open up, and then consider the data that will be generated from all of the schoolwork and projects -- and the data and network management challenges that this program will create.

    But it’s not just people who are creating data. The second theme: sensors. They are everywhere, including HP’s recently announced Gen8 servers with its “Sea of Sensors” that analyzes its own health across 1,600 data points. These sensors continuously and proactively monitor various components in the device so that we can provide a much higher level of service to our customers by predicting issues and proactively addressing them before they occur. Proximity sensors are another example – some of the latest cars can parallel park themselves using these sensors. RFID tags are used in an increasing number of applications, including electronic toll payment systems, retail goods management and shipping containers tracking. Security systems use sensors to ID individuals via fingerprint or eye-scans. I read one study recently that predicted that there will be over one thousand sensors per human by the end of this fiscal year (2012). All of these sensors are continuing to generate data every day, and the applications for this technology continue to expand.

    The other megatrend that I’d like to talk about today is the concept of off-premise infrastructure.

    The reality is that most organisations today are working with off-premise IT infrastructure. Outsourcing is not a new concept in our industry, but it has definitely evolved as cloud capabilities entered the mainstream of corporate and consumer IT. For instance, did you know that over 80% of the application development that occurs today is happening using off-premise infrastructure?

    I believe that it has a lot to do with all of those “apps” that we all download to our mobile devices. Today there are approximately 5.9B mobile devices deployed globally, which represents 87% of the human population. Over 10 billion apps have been downloaded on these devices, and more than 300,000 new apps were launched over the past three years. Most of the apps are being developed leveraging off-premise infrastructure. Why? Because in many cases, the people who are developing these apps are smaller companies or even individuals. They have neither the capital nor the resources to stand up a dedicated infrastructure, and time is a critical commodity in this space. In order to gain a competitive advantage, app publishers are looking to develop and launch apps in a matter of weeks, and this speed to market fundamentally changes how organisations think about application development, the investments that they’re going to make, and the infrastructure needed to support their efforts. Developers want to turn on an infrastructure when they need it. When the development and testing is complete, they want to turn off the infrastructure – and the associated costs. When companies or individual developers can generate their apps in this manner, it provides them with a significant competitive advantage.

    When we think about the off-premise infrastructure and how organisations are leveraging it for success, it is central to any discussion about Cloud computing.

    If you like this blog and are interested in hearing more thoughts about the IT industry, IT services, and other ideas real time, please follow me on Twitter. My handle is DaveTwohyatHP.

    Draytek - Smart Monitor

    posted 19 Apr 2012, 06:14 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT

    For Linux version, please download from Support Utility


    System Requirements:
    • Intel P4 1.4GHz and above /AMD CPU
    • 20 GB free hard disk at least
    • 1GB RAM and above
    • Support : Windows XP, Linux
    • Network service analyze
      IM monitor
      Mail monitor
      HTTP surfing record
      FTP monitor
      Telnet monitor
      P2P monitor
    • User Management
      Admin privilege settings
      Group user(like vigor object setup)
      Set individual monitor contents for user/group
    • System Management
      Monitor the PC general status
      Make global settings
    • User Analysis
      User based record review
      Traffic usage of each user
    • Top10 ranking system
      Ranking the users
      Ranking the services

    Draytek Router based URL Filtering solution

    posted 19 Apr 2012, 06:05 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 27 Apr 2012, 22:52 ]

    Commtouch's GlobalView URL Filtering solution leverages its unique "in the cloud" infrastructure to provide unprecedented breadth of web coverage. The solution localizes responses specifically to the needs of end-customers, avoiding the "one size fits all" approach of traditional solutions. With nearly two decades in the email security industry, Commtouch provides matchless insight into threats, blocking harmful sites at the zero hour, often long before users are exposed to them.
    • Security 
      Enable real-time protection from emerging Web threats including malware, phishing and Zombies/bots
    • HR compliance/regulation
      Prevent browsing to questionable content like pornography and hate sites
    • Productivity
      Block or monitors sites to maximize employee productivity
    • Bandwidth regulation
      Identify sites that consume an organization’s bandwidth (e.g. movies, music)
    • Parental control
      Restrict access to inappropriate Web sites
    URL filtering objectives
    Figure 1. CSM Application

    Vigor series with Commtouch Detection & Classification
    Figure 2. Vigor series with Commtouch Detection & Classification

    Draytek IPPBX model firmware upgrade 3.5.7 full release

    posted 18 Apr 2012, 00:09 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 22 Apr 2012, 00:31 ]

    New Features

     Support New Auto Attendant mechanism.  20 Multi levelled menus
     Support Call queueing mechanism (for hunt group). 
     Support custom trunk (i.e. define an extension as a trunk). Can connect any gateway to expland system to cater for different lines & number of lines
     Trunk simultaneous call number limitation.
     Support Vigor Phone 300 auto provision.


     Improved: Expand SIP trunk number from 6 to 12.
     Improved: Expand hunt group number from 10 to 20.
     Improved: Support hunt group "Random" hunting mode.
     Improved: Support hunt group voice mail box.
     Improved: Expand DigitMap rule number from 20 to 50.
     Improved: Add ANY_ISDN option for Digit Map.
     Improved: Support new user prompt maintenance mechanism.
     Improved: Support user to play multiple prompt in Music on Hold function.
     Improved: Support Holidays' answer mode.
     Improved: Support personal voice mail greeting store in USB disk.
     Improved: Allow the user to use BLF to monitor night service number *7/*8.
     Improved: Add a telnet command to enable/disable night service function.
     Improved: Record which extension turn on/off night service in CDR.
     Improved: Support SIP alias answer mode to forward to voice mail remote access number.
     Improved: Add protection mechanism for DSP channel usage.
     Improved: Hunt group voice mail function behavior.
     Improved: Add forward AA menu option in extension answer mode "Pick up by AA".
     Improved: Add RTP range check to prevent wrong settings.

    Draytek Vigor phone 350

    posted 15 Feb 2012, 13:16 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 15 Feb 2012, 13:39 ]

    Priced now at $200 inc

    • Workable with VigorIPPBX series for auto provision capability
    • Support G.722 codec for crystal-clear voice quality
    • Ethernet pass through port (Can use existing single Ethernet cable to work phone and PC without extra cabling required)
    • Multi-SIP registration with different Proxy (up to 10 accounts) for managing your various calling purposes
    • PoE and general power supply connection convertible for fitting your power supply structure
    • GUI & LCD Menu configuration for easing your adoption
    • BLF (Busy-Lamp Field) for easing your call management processes via its user-friendly switchboard-like features
    • TR-069 compatible via firmware upgrade for your centralized management needs
    • Handsfree and Headset
    • Handsfree internal answering option
    • 2 x dedicated line keys
    • 4 x Softkeys
    • 1 x Voice Mail key + Voice mail LED notification
    • 16 x programmable keys with tri LED
    • 1 year warranty

    With high quality of voice, VigorPhone 350 is designed for VigorIPPBX and SIP server to fit the requirement and environment of small & medium business enterprise.

    It is a telephone which can transport voice by integrating data package of IP protocol. In addition, it can be used in network from LAN to WAN. Transmitting through network with low cost, the sound quality is good as ordinary telephone line. Such advantage will save your money greatly.

    It is workable with VigorIPPBX series for auto provision capability. To manage various calling purposes, VigorPhone supports multi-sip registration with different accounts (up to 10) and support G.722 codec for promoting voice quality. The simple WEB UI based configuration allows you to configure VigorIPPBX with ease.

    The functions of VigorPhone 350 are much like the ordinary telephone in inner and out lines. With the stability, sound quality, compatibility and the rich functionalities, VigorPhone 350 can make your life conveniently.

    Area I.T. support for ISDN on VigorIPPBX 2820

    posted 25 Jan 2012, 15:28 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 31 Jan 2012, 20:46 ]

    Draytek Aust. now allows Area I.T. to support the locked off on board ISDN ports on the 2820 IPPBX to support the up to 4 ISDN basic rate channels.

    New Beta release Firmware for VigorIPPBX 2820 now Available

    posted 25 Jan 2012, 14:48 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 31 Jan 2012, 20:45 ]

    DrayTek have just released new firmware for VigorIPPBX 2820. The firmware (version 3.5.7 RC3) is a beta release and has a number of new features as well as a number of bug fixes.

    New features include:

    Support New Auto Attendant mechanism.

    • Support Call queuing mechanism (for hunt group).
    • Support custom trunk (i.e. define an extension as a trunk).
    • Trunk simultaneous call number limitation.
    • Support Vigor Phone 300 auto provision.

    • . Improved: Modify the mechanism for the incoming ISDN-TE DDI call which will notanswer by PBX now. 
    • . Improved: Expand SIP trunk number from 6 to 12. 
    • . Improved: Expand hunt group number from 10 to 20. 
    • . Improved: Support hunt group "Random" hunting mode.
    • . Improved: Support hunt group voice mail box. 
    • . Improved: Expand DigitMap rule number from 20 to 50. 
    • . Improved: Add ANY_ISDN option for Digit Map. 
    • . Improved: Support new user prompt maintenance mechanism. 
    • . Improved:: Support user to play multiple prompt in Music on Hold function. 
    • . Improved: Support Holidays' answer mode. 
    • . Improved: Support personal voice mail greeting store in USB disk. 
    • . Improved: Allow the user to use BLF to monitor night service number *7/*8. 
    • . Improved: Add a telnet command to enable/disable night service function. 
    • . Improved: Record which extension turn on/off night service in CDR. 
    • . Improved: Support SIP alias answer mode to forward to voice mail remote accessnumber. 
    • . Improved: Add protection mechanism for DSP channel usage. 
    • . Improved: Hunt group voice mail function behavior. 
    • . Improved: Add forward AA menu option in extension answer mode "Pick up by AA".  
    • . Improved: Add RTP range check to prevent wrong settings.  

    Vigor Routers now Support Sierra 320U 4G modem

    posted 25 Jan 2012, 14:39 by Mark Albrecht - Area IT   [ updated 25 Jan 2012, 14:41 ]

    DrayTek have recently released firmware for Vigor routers that now support the Sierra 320U 4G modem. Firmware is now available for the following models:

    • Vigor2110
    • Vigor2710
    • Vigor2820
    • Vigor2830
    • Vigor2920
    • Vigor3200

    Firmware for VigorFly200 should be available soon.

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