Routers

Routers in the Workplace

When connecting all of the computers to an office network, there are two options: using Ethernet cables (a more direct connection) or by using Wi-Fi. Direct connections to a modem have the potential to be faster than a router can broadcast and they also maintain connection has long as the router has power and has a viable internet connection. A Wi-Fi connection is useful, since it doesn't require an infrastructure of housings for wires to be spread out across an office. These housings, however, may be a necessity for other cables anyway. It is also an option to use both direct connections and Wi-Fi, which allow employees to connect to the internet if they have a laptop or any mobile devices. When connecting multiple devices via Ethernet, there likely will not be a sufficient number of ports available. Having multiple routers is a simple solution for this, though.

There many different types of routers, and they can vary from wired to wireless; and they are even classed by a letter (if they're wireless). The letter that represents the router determines how new and efficient the technology is. Wireless routers started off as "b" routers, then they were followed by "g" and finally "n" which is what we're accustomed to in modern times. No workplace should have any "b" routers, because the technology is incredibly old and nowhere near as efficient as a "g" or "n" would be. When taking into consideration how well you want office workers to perform, a great connection can actually reduce the time a worker needs to access any of the resources required through a browser or any other activities that need an internet connection and are required for the job.

Range boosters can be used alongside routers to strengthen the signal the routers produce. Businesses that have a broad network to cover will find this incredibly useful, as it means no connections will cut out during work. Some companies are concerned about having an open connection, because even if there is a password it can be infiltrated. This is a situation in which VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be employed. VPN allows your business to have its very own private internet connection, preventing outside connections from being able to use yours. A VPN can be hosted from anywhere in the world, and as long as the office workers have a VPN program and the network credentials, they will be able to connect to the network.