Wan Router

Written by Amy Hunter
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Without routers, every computer in the world would be a discrete entity, with no connectivity between them. Think about it: no email, no Internet, no home networks--nothing. And just think, not that long ago, none of these things were available to the average person. It's hard now, if not impossible, to imagine the world without the convenience brought about by our wired world. Simply put, email and the Internet has changed every facet of how we live.

So when you're looking for a router, you'll want to make sure you find something secure and reliable. You'll want something that's both easy to use but also with the powerful data-routing capabilities that you'll be looking for. You'll also want built-in firewall and violation-alerting features to keep your network safe from intrusion. And of course, if you can get configuration support, free technical support, and a warranty, that's just a bonus.

If your network is spread across a great distance (such as across town, or in different cities), you'll want to have a WAN (or wide area network) router. You'll look for the same things as with any other router: reliability, security, etc. You'll want to make sure that your router is able to connect your IP/LAN to your specific network interface, be it T1/E1, X.21, or V.35. Without the proper interface, you're simply going to be out of luck.

One cautionary note: if you're going to be setting up a WAN network for your business, make sure that you have the IT professionals who can do the job. This procedure is complicated enough that you'll want to make sure it's done the right way the first time. Again, if you have any doubts at all, contact an IT professional.

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