Finding The Right Router

As highly-networked multipurpose workspaces become the office norm, it’s more important than ever to have a router that can handle increased connectivity demands. When choosing the right solution, there are many factors to consider – coverage area, number and type of connected devices, and mode of connection are just a few – but light research can identify the right model for every need.

When speed is the number-one concern, the Cisco 4000 Family ISR is a popular choice, with speeds up to 2000Mbps and built-in network capabilities to handle both direct communication with private datacenters and access to public clouds across the network. Uniquely equipped with multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) VPNs, it directs data from one network node to the next via short path labels rather than long network addresses, avoiding complex lookups and thus boosting overall speed. Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) software further enhances connection reliability by prioritizing routed traffic by application, endpoint, and network conditions.

Ideal for lag-free productivity, the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is robust enough for handle media-heavy streaming on multiple devices at the same time, providing the same effective speed to each system. This model also has a seamless roaming feature, connecting through walls and even outside the building when linked to a Wi-Fi Range Extender. For security, content controls and separate guest password functions limit distractions as well as information leaks.

Routers are already ubiquitous throughout office settings, but as network complexity increases, it is important to stay aware of best practices for use. Most models come with security update features, but not all alert the administrator when a new update needs to be installed. To protect against hackers and other security threats, see these simple tips below:

  • Change your router’s administrator password and make it strong.
  • Change the identifying SSID name so it doesn’t give details about the model.
  • Turn on encryption in the router to make sure traffic traveling in the network is unreadable.
  • Regularly update the passkey you enter when connecting to Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure your router’s firmware is up to date.

For information on the best model for your environment, contact your dedicated Planson sales team.