An Internet Router is the heart of most Computer Networks and can manage multiple broadband connections and remote users. Many routers also include a firewall which protects the network from cyber attack.
Atomik.biz offers configuration and management for most makes of router.
Atomik.biz is a Draytek Advanced Network Partner so recommends Draytek products for most new installations in small to medium-sized offices.
Modern Internet connections are reasonably reliable but do fail. How often broadband connections fail is a postcode lottery. Your luck is down to the length and condition of the copper wires to your premises. In some cases, poor weather can cause problems, including water getting into wiring in heavy rain or above ground wires being affected by strong winds.
For nearly all businesses we recommend fault tolerant and load balanced solutions.
Fault tolerant Internet means having two or more Internet connections from different suppliers, connected to a single Internet router. The router has multiple paths to send and receive data, so when one connection fails, the router will route traffic on the other link.
It is possible to prioritise some traffic above others, Quality of Service (QoS) is typically used to ensure best voice quality with VoIP phone systems. Businesses using free Internet routers provided by their ISP should consider upgrading to a business quality router to benefit from improved performance.
Why buy a router?
People sometimes ask, why should I buy an Internet router if my Internet Service Provider will supply one for free?
The answer is Performance, Reliability, and Features. Routers included with a broadband connection are cheap enough not to price the package out of the market and to be good enough for basic use. These are usually fast, reliable and good enough for most home users and simple business use.
Advanced home users and the business owners need a better quality device. Broadband lines are not always up to specification, and a better quality router might well work where a low cost one won’t. A better router will include better diagnostics to find the problem which saves time and money as well as time on calls to the ISP.
A business class router will offer features not found in free ones. The DrayTek Vigor 2862 series is a good example of a quality router and is DrayTek’s most popular router.
Business class routers offer support of multiple Internet connections. Multiple LAN connections are useful where several businesses share an Intenet connection and want security from each other. Professional routers provide users secure remote access using Virtual Private Networking. Suitable routers offer permanent VPN connections between premises. Some quality routers can manage a meshed wireless network when combined with compatible wireless access points.
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