Once in a while it's good to get back to basics and cover some fundamentals. Some folks are looking for some solid, useful information to help them get started on certain things. For instance, in this world where Cisco is so popular, you might wonder what Cisco router is right for you or your organization.
If you want to connect your organization’s network to the Internet, you might be thinking about going with a Cisco router. But with so many Cisco router models, it can be difficult to decide which is right for you. The first step is to identify your needs.
Your Internet connection will ultimately determine the type of router you need. Download speeds are measured in megabytes per second, or MBps. Most Internet connections run between 3-7 MBps, but there are a great number of commercial models that download at under 2 MBps.
There are also those that run at a much higher rate of 10-12 MBps, such as ADSL2, an extension of ADSL broadband. And beyond that, businesses using ADSL2+ will need a router that is equipped to handle downloads at 20 Mbps, while those using Fiber-based Internet will be looking at 50 MBps.
Cisco routers come with various amounts of support depending on the model purchased and the amount it costs. It is important to understand how much support for your Cisco router your enterprise will need before making a purchase.
Certain Cisco routers are better equipped for management purposes than others. A device with a graphical user interface (GUI), for example, will provide a different managerial experience than a router that is equipped with a command line.
If you choose to connect using Wi-Fi, there are a number of concerns to heed. While a wireless router is needed to connect your laptop or smartphone to the web, there are plenty of obstacles that can hinder connectivity, including the number of other networks in the vicinity that could cause interference and unpredictable environmental factors.
The above considerations are a good start when thinking about what Cisco router is right for your organization.
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Stay tuned for part 2 of the series.