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    Posted: Oct/25/2006 at 11:38am
Are Cisco Routers necessary for small businesses? Or would a Linksys or Netgear work just as well?
 
 
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No one has ever been fired for buying Cisco.  Having said that the MTBF of the average low end router (NAT device) is probably more than adequate for todays small business.  If you are worried about down time because of failure, get two - the're cheap.

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Another factor to consider even for the small business is the need for remote access. If that need is great then a higher end router may be necessary. So make sure you check the capabalities of any device with that in mind before you make a purchase.
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That is a good point, the low end routers are limited to using a single static IP so you can only have one PC with 3389 open to it, but a firewall like a cisco PIX will allow multiple IP's to be addressed allowing you to open port 3389 on each IP.
 
 
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Some routers marketed to small and medium-sized businesses are actually consumer-grade routers designed for home users who need simple Internet access.
 
Cisco Systems has a better business-class routers for small and medium organizations.
 
A business-class router incorporates features that address the security, performance, reliability, and manageability concerns of companies who rely on the Internet economy for their business success.

Source: Cisco White Paper on Routers
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