Purchasing a router for your small business isn’t always as simple and straightforward as it might sound. After all, it’s not just another regular purchase like some other electronics; it will be a major part of the business so it will need to be of a certain standard, and it will also need to be safe and secure to stop unauthorised users hacking into your internet.
Before you start shopping, it’s a good idea to take a look at what’s out there so you can make the best selection possible. We’ve put together a guide for buying a wireless router for your small business.
Look at the different types of routers available
There are countless routers available on the market, and it’s important to find the best one for your specific needs, so you don’t end up paying for something you don’t really need, or so that it falls short of what you do need. If you need to support only a dozen computers and Wi-Fi devices at the most, a simple consumer or small-business wireless router should suffice. These routers typically provide enough Wi-Fi coverage for a 1500- to 2000-square-foot, two-story office space.
Look at the speed of the WIFI
The speed it provides will be one of the main considerations many people have when buying a router for their small business. At the very least, you’ll probably want to go with 802.11n (which is also known as Wireless-N). If you have close neighbours; other businesses, for example; consider a dual-band router or access point that also works in the 5GHz frequency band, which provides more channels and is less congested than the common 2.4GHz band. You’ll need the WIFI to be speedy in all areas of the office too, so where you place the router may have an impact also.
Ensuring you’re choosing a secure option for your company
Security will be a huge factor when making your decision of which router to go for, for your small business. After all, you won’t want the purchase to leave you vulnerable to potential online hackers that could really cause a problem for your organisation if things get out of hand. Speak to the sales advisor in the store or online about VPN servers, which supports remote connections so that users out of the office can securely access the network. There are a few different types of VPN servers available and each will have different advantages and negatives when it comes to providing you with the highest level of security for your business’s internet connection.
Consider content filtering features
When buying a router for commercial use, many wish to look into aspects that allow them to filter or block certain sites so that employees won’t be able to access them. This can include things like malware, adult sites and any other sites you feel inappropriate for an office environment. Most routers will have a basic option for this, yet more advanced models and UTM gateways are likely to have more comprehensive filters to block unwanted sites.