About the GCN Lab

About the GCN Lab

The GCN Lab has been providing unbiased reviews of hardware, software and services to government information technology professionals since 1985'when the Zenith 248 was the government's most popular PC. Government Computer News' reviews staff examines hundreds of products each year in a wide variety of categories.

The lab is located at GCN headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. The 2,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art lab is capable of testing computer equipment including servers and workstations, network software and hardware, and applications.

The lab recently underwent a technology refresh, adding a 48-port switch dedicated to network testing, several servers that can act as the heart of separate or combined test beds and a T1 Internet connection. In addition to the standard Category 5 type of LAN, the lab also has access to several wireless hubs and alternative OS and LAN environments.

As the market and GCN reader needs have changed in recent years, the lab has scaled back its coverage of low-end, standalone devices and software in favor of comparison reviews centered on enterprise, communications and network-level technologies.


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