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As your organization grows, you need to switch from consumer-grade equipment to professional-grade devices like Cisco routers in order to create more robust business networks. Such enterprise routers can handle the increased demands of small to large organizations. They produce better performances under high loads, handle more simultaneous connections and are more secure than home routers. Staples carries a wide selection of this class of networking equipment from Cisco and other leading brands.
Pick the Right Cisco Router for Your Organization Size Enterprise routers come in different form factors and have varying sets of features. Branch routers are for small and mid-sized organizations and are slim desktop or rack-mounted units. Large organizations and data centers require enterprise WAN routers. These are bigger cabinet-style models with high bandwidth capacities.
VPN routers for branches and small organizations have integrated virtual private network (VPN) servers and firewalls. They can be wireless or Ethernet-only router models. Cisco's branch routers are in this category. They support 3G/4G modems as well as Wi-Fi access points. Larger routers offer improved flexibility by adding support for Gigabit Ethernet and T1 lines. They serve as routers, VPN servers and firewalls and also provide additional security features like malware protection and content filtering.
Choose Between Wired and Wireless Routers While wireless routers are popular among home users, most businesses require wired routers. The range of a wireless router is limited but you can easily extend the reach of a wired router across different floors and over a larger area of an office building. If you prefer a Cisco wireless router, make sure it is one that supports 802.11n or 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Such routers are fast enough to handle the internet bandwidths that ISPs provide businesses.
Key Features to Look for When Comparing Cisco Routers Most business-class routers have at least one WAN port. If your organization requires constant online access, you most likely have a backup internet service from another ISP and need a model with two WAN ports. Make sure your enterprise router has at least four LAN ports. You can expand available wired connections with network switches if you need to connect more than four devices to it.
Enterprise routers prioritize security, scalability and remote access over other features. Look for a model that supports VPN protocols if you need to securely access your network from outside locations. Choose a managed router if you want tight control over your network's performance and data traffic.
Can You Create A Wireless Enterprise Network With a Single-Band Router? Yes, but doing so will slow down the network. Single-band routers only use the 2.4GHz frequency shared by most wireless devices. This creates network congestion and interference. Dual-band and tri-band routers produce better performances by adding one or two 5GHz bands.
Can You Prioritize Certain Network Traffic on Cisco Routers? Yes. You can do this with QoS or Quality of Service. Most enterprise routers support this feature. It lets you give higher priority and more bandwidth to specific types of data streams. For example, you can dedicate more resources to voice and video traffic for VoIP calls.
Do Enterprise Routers Have USB Ports? Most business-class routers do not have USB ports. This is a security measure to prevent unauthorized access. You can still share files on your Cisco router by creating a NAS (network-attached storage) partition and granting access to select users.
4 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 LAN, 1 x console - RJ-45 management, 1 x ADSL2+ WAN, 1 x 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x VDSL2 WAN, 1 x 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 LAN and WAN, transmission speed of 24 Mbps
Certification and Standards: AS/NZS 3548, CISPR 22, CISPR 24, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, EN 61000-4-3, EN 61000-4-6, EN55022, EN55022 Class B, EN55024, FCC CFR47 Part 15, ICES-003, VCCI V-3, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.3ah
Memory: 256MB, DRAM technology, Flash memory: 56MB