Are all wireless routers built the same?

Updated: Aug 9



Do you already need to invest in business-grade Wi-Fi routers designed to cater to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses? So, what exactly distinguishes Consumer Grade Wi-Fi and Business Grade Wi-Fi? How is one different from the other?


Consumer Grade Wi-Fi Routers


Consumer Grade Wi-Fi is readily available in retail outlets and you will find dozens of them in different sizes, shapes, and prices. They also have requisite features like compatibility with IEEE 802.11n wireless networking standard; a built-in firewall; wireless encryption; and a 4-port ethernet switch.


Business Grade Wi-Fi Routers


A business-grade Wi-Fi router also called a business-class or enterprise class wi-fi router shares the same structure as its lower-end consumer counterpart but with vast and stronger security features, more flexibility in giving you access to your network from remote locations, and the ability to scale as your business grows. More of its features are listed below:


1. Support for Mobility


As users roam from one AP to another and their association is being given over, the correspondence ought not to drop or experience delays, as this will bring about a drop in their applications. Business-grade WIFI manages this with ease.


2. Security features


Wi-Fi network should be well secured to prevent hackers from transmitting and stealing information or getting uninvited visitors to your network. Business-grade WIFI provides a more robust and more sophisticated security to ensure that your data within the network is protected.


3. Scalability


Scalability is the ability of the router to expand with business growth. For any growing organization, scalability is essential in a wireless network. With more employees come more wireless devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets. Business-grade WIFI can quickly scale up and expand the capacity of your network.


4. Performance and Efficiency


Business-grade WIFIs offer better performance and longevity. The hardware is built to last longer and to maintain an optimized performance, which is critical to ensuring that the connection to all end devices is up seamlessly.


Article excerpt from Motionwave Technologies.


 

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