Enterprise Router

Written by Amy Hunter
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There are some things that you absolutely need to work when you go to use them, especially in a business. When you flip the light switch, you expect the lights to come on. When you pick up the phone, you expect a dial tone. And when you turn on your computer, you expect to be connected to your business's LAN. After all, without access to your network and the Internet, the productivity of your workers will suffer. And the bigger your network, the more you need equipment that will work, and work all the time.

A router--a true router, not the internet hubs that are used in home networking--is a complex piece of equipment that performs multiple tasks simultaneously. A router is the single most important piece of equipment that makes the Internet work. Taking the Internet as a whole, there are billions and billions of individual pieces of information that are routed daily. These include the multitudinous emails sent daily around the world, as well as routine browsing of the Internet.

If you've got 250 people on your network, your router can receive 250--or more--requests at the same time. That's why you need one powerful enough to handle your network's traffic. If your router isn't powerful enough, your network's speed will slow to a crawl, compromising the effectiveness of your employees.

Heavily-trafficked networks, such as those of a large business or an ISP, need an industrial-strength router, also known as an enterprise router. This type of router will have greater processing speeds, allowing every computer accessing the network a fast and reliable connection.

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