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Router for Small business

Discussion in 'Networking' started by pritamsl, Apr 6, 2019.

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  1. pritamsl

    pritamsl Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I know very little about networking and was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction. I currently have a couple liquor stores. There's usually about 20 connected devices at a time. The environments are sometimes dusty and there's not a lot of air flow. My old routers are pretty unreliable and require resets about every month which costs money.

    Ideally I would like to limit downtime by having a reliable router that I could attach a cheap simcard with lte to as a backup WAN. It would be great if I could access the desktop of my computers from home. Also in a perfect world I require 8 lan ports.

    I have the Synology 2600ac at home. Although it is a fantastic router, that meets most of my needs, I am wondering if there is anything more business oriented that I should be considering. Any help is greatly appreciated. I've looked at the Cisco 1100-8P and it seems to have everything I require but I'm not sure if it is a regular simple router.
     
  2. lunarlander

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    Do you mean you want to link all your stores together ?

    I think paying someone to reset a router is a waste of money, just get a prosumer router, if that suites the requirements, and you can power off and on the darn thing yourself. Buying a cisco, although preferred by serious network admins, cause they like command line flexibilty everything, is an overkill. The tech should propose something that is usable by the client and not try to line his own pocket by purchasing a product that requires his service.

    If the environment is dusty, lacks air flow and you use Wi-Fi, then you can place the unit near a window, open it a little. You might be able to put in a dead bolt to lock that slightly open window in place. (I am picturing a slide up and down window) Your alarm system should have motion sensors in addition to doors and windows magnetic detectors.
     
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  3. pritamsl

    pritamsl Thread Starter

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    Lol I could have worded my post a lot better. What I meant is we lose money due to downtime and missing out on debit/credit transactions that rely on the internet. I usually reset the routers myself.

    Thanks for your advice regarding the Cisco being Overkill. I think I might just stick with the rt2600ac then.
     
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    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Can you not do these resets after closing and/or before opening, unless you are open 24/7?
     
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    Not sure the availability in your location but we've found Draytek to be the better option for our small remote offices, we have 2860s and 2926 ac's in our remote locations, feature rich and very configurable, the Vigor 2926 LTE would do what you need, it doesn't have 6 LAN ports but you could attached a small 4 or 8 port switch.
     
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