Serial Router

Written by Amy Hunter
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There are some baseball experts who say that batting average is overrated. The statistic that counts is really counts is batting average with runners on base. That's because, in baseball, one isolated hit is meaningless. The way runs are scored is by stringing together hits.

It's the same with computers. A solitary computer, however powerful it may be, becomes that much more potent when linked together with other computers. In an office setting, this is especially true. The ability to share files and documents quickly and conveniently is but the most obvious advantage of networking the computer. Another is the ability to share one incoming internet connection among many computers.

An internet connection means not only access to the Web, but also email, which has become the dominant form of communication in the business world. An email sent from New York to Tokyo arrives almost immediately. This email can be a simple friendly greeting, or it can contain work-related files that can then be opened and manipulated by the person who receives the email. Another advantage to using email (as opposed to the telephone) to conduct business is that now there is a record of the communication.

The way businesses share an internet connection is through a router. Routers direct (or route) the flow of information to and from the computer requesting it. There are many different types of routers, depending on the specific requirements of the office. A serial router, for instance, will have at least one serial port, for connecting via a V.35 or X.21 serial connection. Such a router will also have an Ethernet port, for the most traditional way to connect to your office's LAN.


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