I watch a show called "The People's Court" and the judge, Marilyn Milian, has a saying: "The cheap comes out expensive". She uses this line when she has litigants that go with a cheap contractor and end up having to get the work re-done all over again because things fell apart very fast, because of shoddy work, or the work was just not finished. Usually the fix is a lot more expensive than if they just went with the correct contractor at the correct price, because they have to tear down what was done before they can rebuild.
Why am I telling you this? Well recently I keep hearing that our competitors are charging less than we are, and yes it is true. This is the only way they can compete and as I stated in my article "Competition and Price Wars", this does not work unless you have a comparable product; they do not. Our price is set at the correct price point for the market and to sustain our business and the product. Our competitors do not have a sustainable model and they have an inferior product.
Here is what someone emailed me recently "About a year ago we purchased a product called [competitor] but are having some issues with it that we are currently working with their tech support on. I provided the quote for AutoSwitch to my supervisor as an alternative". The price quote request came on Feb 02, 2012, the above info came on March 1. So for over a month they have an open issue that hasn't been resolved. Wireless AutoSwitch works, and all issues are solved very very quickly. We do not have any open issues. We have over 350,000 installations worldwide and get about 3-4 support request per month and 95% are solved the same day and most within one hour. You can reach us very easily, our email address and phone number is on every page of our website, in plain sight, not hidden.
We have one competitor that charges a very low up front price then charges a sliding scale of maintenance costs over the next few years. We have never charged for support or maintenance and in this kind of product it doesn't make sense; it is just a clever scheme to make it seem like you are paying less, but in the end you are paying the same thing for an inferior product. We have consistently added features, made modifications, and fixes as needed, without any additional charge.
In the end you always get what you pay for, so get the right product and save your self the future trouble.
We have just released Wireless AutoSwitch XPV 220.127.116.11. Here are the additions:
1. Previously one needed to be an admin to run the "Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off" shortcut. Now, when installed in Mode 1 or 3 the Wireless AutoSwitch On-Off shortcut is created (as before) and can now be run by a standard (non-admin) user. When clicked the user will see the following message: "Wireless AutoSwitch is now suspended and all devices have been turned on." And if they click it again they will see:"Wireless AutoSwitch is now running."
In addition to suspending Wireless AutoSwitch, all wireless devices are enabled. And when the operation is running again, Wireless AutoSwitch will do whatever is appropriate (disable if on LAN, enable if not on LAN).
2. Based on feedback we have added a couple more virtual or system devices to ignore by default and also allowed for a WMI issue that get inconsistent status info.
Wireless AutoSwitch XPV can be downloaded from any page on thi ...
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