High-speed Routers

Written by Amy Hunter
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When it comes to your network's connectivity, the tortoise and hare analogy just doesn't fit. When your employees need to access your network, slow and steady will not win the race. Here, you need speed.

There are several factors that determine the speed of your network. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is the speed of the internet connection coming into your office. A T1 line will be faster than DSL, just as DSL is faster than dial-up. Another factor is the speed and power of the individual computers on your network. Factors here include the computer's processor speed, amount of memory, operating system, etc. Another reason your computer network may be slow is because your router just isn't fast enough.

The router is the traffic cop of the computer world. A router takes the raw internet connection and shares it among multiple individual computers. Routers also are what allow computer networks to exist.

Routers worldwide process billions of pieces of information on a daily basis. The function of a router is essentially two-fold: to make sure information gets where it's supposed to go, and that it doesn't go where it's not supposed to go. But when you consider how many pieces of information a router may be asked to process at the same time (like, say, at an ISP or a large company), it becomes immediately apparent why you need to have your router's speed match your network's level of traffic. Otherwise, your network won't be running at peak efficiency.


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