T1 Router

Written by Amy Hunter
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If you've got a business with an internet connection, chances are you have a T1 line coming in. A T1 line is a fiber optic cable that comes from the phone company. It can carry up to 24 digitized voice channels, or it can transmit data at a rate of 1.544 megabits per second. A T1 line is also extremely reliable, meaning that you'll get your signal more consistently than with, say, an analog modem. A T1 data line is generally capable of servicing 100 or more people at once.

So if you've got a business with a T1 line coming in, you'll need a T1 router to distribute the raw internet connection to the various users on your network. What happens is the internet connection will plug into the router. The router will then distribute the raw connection to the various computers on the network, making sure that each computer gets the proper information.

This is one of the main functions of the router: to make sure each computer gets the correct information. Let's say you have a dozen computers sharing one a T1 line. Eight of these users are browsing the Internet at once. The router will make sure that the information for computer A goes to computer A and not any of the other computers that are currently browsing. The router is sort of like a traffic cop, keeping your network running smoothly with all the information going where it's supposed to go.

Your T1 router will also help the information flow between the network at your business and the nearly infinite number of other networks out there (that's what the Internet is, after all: an interconnecting latticework of individual computer networks). It will help the email you send make it to the person for whom it's intended. Without proper routing, the Internet would be a mess.

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