Like any important piece of equipment, a router functions unnoticed in the background until it doesn’t anymore. While you may be tempted to blame your internet provider when you have problems sending email or downloading files, your router may actually be the issue.
A business router is an important piece of equipment — it supports many users (including visitors to the office) and protects your company’s data.
The router itself has a lifecycle, which is generally four to five years. If that lifecycle is coming to end, you’ll no longer be able to install critical updates from the manufacturer. This will leave you vulnerable to security breaches.
Here’s why you might want to get yours replaced:
1. A new router helps you keep up with technology
New routers are exceptionally fast. With new wireless standards, you can easily double your signal strength and speed. New routers help combat wireless connectivity issues that plagued old ones such as signal interference and range.
Also, the number of smartphones, laptops and printers that connect to your router since you bought it have no doubt increased. You need a router that has the capacity to handle the extra load.
2. It’s your best defence against malicious users
Newer routers give you greater control over who is accessing your network. With technology like segregated guest networks and MAC address filtering, you can choose who has limited access to your network, and whether or not they need access to important information. It's important to ask any IT provider what type of router they recommend and why.
These parameters are easy to update, which is especially important as you bring on new staff or have new people accessing your network regularly. Also, new routers typically keep themselves up to date, therefore keeping you more secure. They also use the latest encryption to keep your data safe.
3. A good router at work actually helps staff work from home
The ability for employees to telecommute is hugely important these days. But they can’t be productive if they can’t connect to the company network or if they put the company at risk by logging in. Investing in the latest VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology helps defend your business against intruders looking to steal information.
Here are some wireless router options:
- For a small or medium size business that wants to invest in a long-term solution that’s super easy to manage: Cisco Meraki
- For the small businesses that wants more affordable equipment with a shorter lifespan (less than three years) that still gets the job done: Ubiquiti
- For a reliable home wireless router that works with both a PC and Mac: OnHub
- For high quality home use on a Mac: Apple’s Time Capsule
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