If you recently set up a new Internet service account with your provider, they may have hooked you up with a two-in-one modem and router device. Is this modem/router combo the appropriate device for your business, though? The answer is no, for many reasons.
What is the Modem/Router Combo?
The entire idea behind the two-in-one device is that ISPs want to consolidate hardware for their residential and commercial customers, taking some of the decision-making fatigue off their shoulders. If you’re deciding whether this is the appropriate solution for you, though, you’ll have to consider the power of the router. You can update your modem to purchase more bandwidth, but the router that comes with the two-in-one device is going to be weaker than what most businesses will want to use—especially if wireless technology is part of your plan (as it should be these days).
The simple fact is that these routers are not powerful enough for modern businesses. You’ll likely want something a bit stronger than your standard dual-band router, and if it doesn’t extend across your entire office, you can forget about getting any true value out of your connection.
That said, the strength of the connection is far from the only problem plaguing these modem/router combinations. Let’s look at a few reasons that standalone modems and standalone routers used in tandem are the far better option for SMBs.
The best way to keep your business network safe and secure is by creating a separate guest network for your guests to use, as well as for Internet of Things devices and other devices that you wouldn’t normally want on your network. It’s just one way to help control the flow of traffic so your business’ network doesn’t get too congested or unsecure. With your two-in-one modem/router, you might not have the same level of control and security to allow you to set this up properly.
Quality of Service
On a similar note, having different networks allows you to better prevent bottlenecks that might otherwise mire up your network. With a standalone, business-oriented router, you’ll have a much better quality of service that is more dynamic and able to accommodate the needs of your organization.
You also have security to consider for your wireless network, and the more high-end models of routers will give you greater security features than the all-inclusive device from your ISP. A business-oriented router will have powerful security features including firewall settings, updated firmware, and so on that will all contribute to network security.
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