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August 28, 2012
Routers Are Not All Created Equal
By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor
Routers have become important and common items in the server rooms of businesses everywhere while directing traffic on the Internet. A while back, however, these devices were more popular with professional information technology (IT) firms and the domains of self-proclaimed computer-geeks. Now, they have now emerged to be a critical network tool.
Despite its prevalence in today’s home and businesses, very few users really understand the product and often lacking any fundamental knowledge about it, wrote Internet service provider BandwidthBar. In fact, according to their research, very few even care about it.
What could be the reason for this is that users only think about them when something goes wrong, BandwidthBar explains. Nevertheless, the ISP provider suggests that users must possess some knowledge as to how these devices work so that they can communicate more intelligently with the help desk or tech support when there is a problem. Imagine calling a hotline to figure out how to put a product together when you never even bothered to open its manual.
Hence, the ISP provider took some effort to explain this device to its subscribers. As per BandwidthBar’s explanation, a router is a networking device with hardware and software that allows it to route and forward information to where it needs to go. As per the explanation, a router acts as a link between two or more networks; in most cases, between the ISP and a home or an office network. The router’s job is to take incoming information and forward it to the correct destination.
For example, there are three computers connected to a router with a switch in a hone network. While one of the computers sends a request to download the user’s email, another tries to surf to a site on the Internet, and the third works to to access another computer on the network. The router processes all of these requests like a traffic cop for the network, sending the information to the right server via the correct network.
Though routers may perform the same basic functionality, they are not all created equal, according to BandwidthBar. Hence, the ISP cautions the user to pay attention to a few things when buying a Router. “First and foremost is the capacity of the router. For a small home network a simple router will do the trick, but when you get to large corporate offices, you may find that the company has a host of routers connecting all the computers together,” says BandwidthBar.
The next important feature is the firewall. As per the explanation, some routers come with a firewall installed, which protects your computer and network from hackers and outside influences. However, if the router you are planning to buy does not come with a firewall, it is crucial that the user installs one or purchase one that comes with a built-in firewall.
Then there are wired versus wireless routers. Unlike wired, the wireless eliminates cables, but is limited in far you can take your computer away from the router because weaker signal results in slower speed.
Meanwhile, with the proliferation of mobile VoIP services, VoIP Routers are also gaining momentum. According to market watcher Visiongain (News - Alert), rapid adoption of smartphones is driving the market for mobile VoIP, which is estimated to see revenues of $2.5 billion by the end of 2012, as well as is expected to continue fast growth over recent years to come, thereby, driving the VoIP router market.
In related news, esteemed VoIP router provider Patton (News - Alert) recently released its innovative new BODi rS transportable wireless-WAN Internet router. Aimed to accommodate business networking on-the-go, the all-new BODi rS Internet router supports mobile or vehicle-based enterprises. This Internet router boasts high-speed WAN-access, seamless multi-network roaming, bonding, failover, and Wi-Fi access – all in one single, cost-effective device.
To learn more about Patton’s BODi rS transportable wireless-WAN Internet router, click here.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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