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8 essential features you need in a business router

Eric Geier | May 20, 2013
It's not enough to offer the latest wireless standard. Make sure the router that will support your office is up to snuff with these core features.

Routers on the market
Now you should have a better idea if you want a consumer-level, off-the-shelf router from a store like Best Buy or Fry's, or a business-class router available from online retailers. Remember, consumer-level routers typically provide simple Wi-Fi access, as well as possibly guest access and USB printer and drive sharing. But business-class routers might also include VLAN and multiple SSID support, built-in VPN, malware and spam protection, support for two Internet connections, and an integrated RADIUS server.

For example, these two consumer-level routers are on the market now:

Here are several business-class routers and APs to consider:


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