Enterprise Routers

Written by Amy Hunter
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The bigger your business, the more things you have to worry about. Your health insurance plans become more complex, as does payroll and the management of your employees. Every phase of your business becomes larger and more complicated. The same holds true for your computer networks.

Products that may work perfectly well for a network of 10-12 users are wholly insufficient for a network of 100, 500, or even more employees. The wrong equipment running your network means that you may not have a network to run. Connections will be slow, productivity will lag, and you'll hemorrhage money. The key component to having a fast, reliable network--apart from your internet connection--is your router. The larger your network, the more powerful your router needs to be. For a large business, you'll need an industrial-strength (or "enterprise") router.

An industrial-strength router will, firstly, have more processing power. This is due to the increased number of requests it will receive daily, not to mention simultaneously. Routers, in a computer network, process the requests for information (for example, a web page) and sends it out to a DNS. The router will then take the information back from the Internet and direct it back to the computer asking for the information. Multiply this by the number of users on your network, and you can immediately see how intricate the whole process is.

In addition to web surfing, your router will also make sure all emails that are sent and received make it to the proper recipients. Since a single user can send and receive over a hundred pieces of email daily, you'll need a router that can process this level of activity.

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