T1 Routers

Written by Amy Hunter
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A few years ago, very few people had broadband connections in their homes (and those who did were envied by the rest of us). Recently, however, broadband internet has become more widely available--and cheaper--than it previously was. While certainly this has contributed to its spread, there's another factor that cannot be overlooked: people got spoiled at work.

Most offices of a certain size have blazing-fast internet going to every computer on their network. Despite the alleged bursting of the internet bubble, more and more people are reliant on the Internet than ever before. You can shop for anything, do your banking, download music and movies, and so much more--all from your computer. So once people got used to near-instantaneous connection speeds at work, the 56K modem at home just couldn't cut it.

Businesses of a certain size nearly all have a T1 line--or multiple T1 lines--supplying their internet connections. The cost of running and maintaining a T1 line is too prohibitive for most home users, but for a business it makes practical sense. However, businesses can't run T1 lines for each and every employee--for some businesses, this would mean running hundreds if not thousands of individual lines. (Hence, the need for T1 routers to share the connection with all the potential users.)

A T1 router allows for the sharing of internet connections between multiple users. The router splits one connection into many connections; it works like a splitter on a telephone line. The router does more than split the connection; it makes sure the information requested by an individual user makes it to the correct destination. A T1 line is capable of servicing 100 or more users at once, so getting the right router makes this connection a practical and money-saving device.


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