1. WPA Protection
Security is the first thing that you should think about. So, find a router with WPA, WPA2 or even WPA3 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption and protect it with a strong password that’s at least 15 characters long.
Consider changing the SSID
(Service Set Identifier) name
– most routers come with default title which consists of the company name and random numbers (Cisco12345). By revealing the model’s name, you give a hint to the hackers.
Also, look for a router with built-in firewall
– it will protect your network from any possible outside attacks, and it will make your business network safer.
When you run a company with a lot of clients and employees, the best would be setting Private
and Public Access
. In that way, you’ll isolate your business network from the guests providing extra safety to your colleagues.
2. Dual Band Wireless Support
Unlike single-band routers which provide one 2.4GHz band, dual-band support provides both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands. It allows you to separate the traffic and avoid unnecessary congestion.
There are also three band routers which combine one 2.4Ghz and two 5.0Ghz bands, but if you run a business with around ten employees, go for the dual-band.
3. Solid Number of LAN and WAN Ports
Speaking of the number of LAN and WAN ports, the rule is – the more, the merrier. The LAN (local area network) port allows you to connect more devices – IP phones with the router, for example. The best would be to find one with at least 4 ports, but if that’s not possible for any reason, you can use the switch and expand the number of devices connected to the router.
Speaking of WAN (wide area network), it serves for connecting various LANs into one WAN allowing the communication between the users of different networks. It’s desirable that the router has at least one WAN port.
4. VLAN Support
Virtual local area network (VLAN) reduces the amount of hardware you need for segmenting LAN computer network. VLAN support is crucial for any business router because it keeps any endpoint away from communicating with other endpoints with a different VLAN, even if they’re both parts of the physical LAN.
It’s about security again – by segmenting the network and applying appropriate controls, you provide a multilayer network surface that prevents any possible attack or threat.