Wireless Internet access is everywhere these days, including most of our homes. That means you might already have a home modem and router setup that you’re used to. Given that it’s familiar, inexpensive, and reliable when you’re browsing the web or catching up on work at your house, can you get the same kinds of results by bringing the same kind of router to your own office?
Unfortunately, you usually can’t. In fact, using home-use routers in business settings is a bad idea. There are lots of reasons why, but most of them boil down to a couple of important details:
First, business-class wireless routers give you much better performance. Just like your computer, your router has a processor with a certain speed and amount of available memory. And, some routers are stronger than others. That might not matter much at home, where you have a slower connection with a half-dozen devices connected to it. At the office, though, business-class routers allow you to take advantage of stronger Internet connections and process more at once, meaning that you can do more, and do it faster, with the right equipment.
In addition, dedicated business routers can let you do things like set different levels of security and permission, distribute bandwidth and set priorities between users, and even create backup connections. Those are features you want when your team’s productivity is on the line.
Second, business-class routers offer more security. If the performance gains weren’t enough, business-class routers offer increased security in the form of stronger firewalls, better data encryption, and antivirus integration. These work above and beyond (or sometimes in conjunction with) other antivirus packages you have, giving you an extra line of defense against thieves and hackers.
Web security is big news these days for a reason — cyber attacks are on the rise. Most online criminals are simply looking for the web equivalent of an “open door,” however, and having the right security and encryption is a good way to show them they should look elsewhere.
It’s understandable that lots of companies want to save money by using low-cost routers that they are familiar with in the office, but it’s a poor bargain in the long run when you consider the trade-offs you have to make with connection performance and web security.
To find out more about routers and other kinds of office technology, call or email a member of the Bay Area Computers team today and ask for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to review your configuration and see what kinds of suggestions we can make.