Choosing the Right Cisco Router for Your Business

As a dedicated IT specialist, you’re constantly wearing a number of different hats. Sometimes it’s a fireman helmet, putting out fires across the network. Other times it’s a headset, helping C-level leaders stage company events. Or it’s a doctor’s reflecting mirror, performing surgery to keep business humming along. A popular choice is the thinking cap, as you work to develop your company’s IT infrastructure and strategies going forward.

While you’re managing so many moving parts in multiple areas of your organization, it’s paramount that you have hardware that you can depend on. Selecting the right router can give you more time to focus on your role as a business-EMT, or give you more time to plan out your network’s future.

The first step in making any educated decision is to do your research. The industry publications you trust have provided some great recommendations. Tech Republic has published a strong guide on router selection, while PC World has also provided tips for selecting business routers. Clearly, there’s a lot of intelligence for picking a router; even Consumer Reports has information on how to pick the device for your home.

But, let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog post, your IT network at home is probably pretty stellar. One thing to note, you’ll see Cisco routers as being highly-rated and recommended for a variety of networks, for a very good reason.

When looking at distribution for an enterprise network, well-planned routing is the key to success. Routers can be absolutely vital for networks, as they connect a large amount of worksites within one large, umbrella-like network. At the enterprise level, they provide redundant paths, connect ISPs and can translate data between different media.

In addition to routing packets to the right place, they will select alternate routes when a link is compromised or traffic is heavy. Routers, Cisco routers in particular, work as a default gateway. First, it’s important to understand what your needs are for your particular organization.

Here are the major functions to consider when looking at routers:

  • Reducing (creating limits) to the local network
  • Filter unwanted traffic with control lists
  • Interconnect geographically
  • Improve efficiencies by grouping users who need the same resources

Once you’ve determined the needs of your network, you should explore the three general categories of routers:

  • Branch Routers – Optimizing branch services on one platform, they improve service availability. Best for networks designed to be running at a high level 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Network Edge Routers – These routers help a network’s edge provide high-level and high-security results, and can oversee campuses, data centers and branch networks. Great for video and mobile needs.
  • Service Provider Routers – For when a service portfolio needs differentiation. Many companies choose this option to increase revenue and have scalability in terms of end-to-end deliverables.

At CXtec, we use Cisco routers in the solutions we provide to manage a variety of challenges, and to keep our partners’ organizations running smoothly and efficiently. Selecting the right Cisco router will let you not only manage network switches, but give you more time to switch your many hats throughout the day.

Whether you’re babysitting the call center, helping the president get his or her WebEx to work, or planning how your network can keep up with your company’s growth, selecting the right Cisco router makes all the difference.