Routers

Routers Overview

Router Overview

What is a Router?

A router is a network hardware device that manages network traffic between the Internet and a wide variety of client devices, both wired and wireless. A router forwards data packets between computer networks and performs the traffic directing functions on the Internet.


Routers are generally divided into three categories, consumer, business, and enterprise level. Consumer or home office routers primarily communicate between the internet and home computing devices. These routers typically integrate many network solutions into one device for the home user. Business and enterprise routers do not usually include integrated wireless access points but provide higher speed ports and higher pps (packet per second) speeds for data transfer. Enterprise routers also provide the most scalable, redundant solutions with most robust security features in addition to the highest speeds.

Features & Capabilities

Consumer router features

  • Wi-Fi access point - The router creates a WLAN by projecting a Wi-Fi signal to a designated area

  • Integrated antennas

  • Quality of Service (QoS) - This capability serves to prioritize network traffic from the router to a client

  • USB ports for printers or drives - Enable multiple users to share single resources, such as a printer or storage drive

  • Guest networks - Set up a separate access level for guests with a separate password and restricted access

  • Malware and spam protection - Having malware at the router level can help catch viruses and spam before it reaches the client computer

  • Firewall

  • Parental Controls

Business and enterprise router features

  • Enhanced security features

  • Virtual LANs and multiple SSIDs - Set up separate networks with varying permissions, dedicated ethernet channels, and separate SSIDs (service set identifier) for each VLAN

  • VPN Capabilities - A virtual private network (VPN) allows users to securely access your network while working remotely

  • Dual or backup WAN port - Allows you to have backup internet in case of a failure

  • Multiple ethernet or optical ports

  • PoE (Power over Ethernet) support

Pricing Information

As with most pieces of hardware, there is a large price range depending on the amount of features and level of security required. Consumer routers can easily be purchased between $50 and $300. Business routers range from $400 to $2,000 while enterprise level routers can cost well over $50,000.


Routers Products

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Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000)
69 ratings
43 reviews
Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 4000) provides a scalable, flexible foundation so you can quickly integrate leading IT initiatives like SD-WAN and edge compute, while meeting the explosive network performance need driven by cloud-based application adoption.
Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000)
32 ratings
12 reviews
The Cisco 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1000) is a SD-WAN ready router.
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000)
24 ratings
11 reviews
Cisco 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9000) are designed to support carrier edge networks.
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000)
13 ratings
10 reviews
Cisco 1000 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 1000) provides software-defined WAN and integrated security features.
Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800)
12 ratings
8 reviews
Cisco 800 Series Integrated Services Routers (ISR 800) are designed to supply data, security and wireless capabilities in a simple to use form.
Cisco Routers
212 ratings
6 reviews
Cisco routers support secure, reliable enterprise connections. These enterprise routers help users implement an intent-based, future-ready WAN that is constantly learning, adapting, and protecting. Deploy routers for the branch, cloud, co-location, or the data center with any type of connectivity, i…
Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500)
8 ratings
5 reviews
Cisco 5500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5500) Series offers industry-leading density of routed 100 GE ports for high-scale WAN aggregation.
MikroTik Routers and Switches
10 ratings
4 reviews
Latvian company MikroTik offers routers and switches.
Adtran NetVanta Routers and Switches
4 ratings
2 reviews
Adtran in Huntsville, Alabama offers the NetVanta brand of routers and switches.
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)
6 ratings
2 reviews
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) offers routing, security, and network management as cloud services with multitenancy. The series is infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN, WAN, and in the cloud.
Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000)
5 ratings
2 reviews
The Cisco 5000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 5000) is a high-density, small-form-factor MPLS aggregation router for metro aggregation and MPLS-enabled data center networks. The Network Convergence System 5000 Series is designed to economically scale large enterprise, over-the-top (OTT), and…
Cisco Small Business RV Series
4 ratings
2 reviews
The Cisco Small Business RV Series provides SMBs with connectivity, VPN for remote employees, and other features.
Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800)
5 ratings
2 reviews
Cisco 800 Series Industrial ISR (IR 800) series of routers are compact and designed for harsh environments. They are used to oversee a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) gateway tasks.
Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000)
1 ratings
1 reviews
The Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 1000) are ruggedized routers for sub-stations, pole tops, and other harsh environments, for utilities providers.
Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500)
2 ratings
1 reviews
The Cisco 500 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 500) is a highly secure and highly available access-routing platform for service providers.
Cisco 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5000)
4 ratings
1 reviews
The Cisco 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5000) is a router designed to support network function virtualization (NFV).
Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000)
5 ratings
1 reviews
The Cisco 2000 Series Connected Grid Routers (CGR 2000) are designed specifically for the harsh, rugged environments often found in the energy and utility industries.
Cisco 6000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 6000)
3 ratings
1 reviews
The Cisco 6000 Series Network Convergence System (NCS 6000) helps enable superior network agility, packet optical convergence, and petabits-per-second system scale.
Juniper Enterprise Routers
10 ratings
1 reviews
Sunnyvale-based Juniper Networks offers enterprise routers.
Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Routers
For network communication across a large number of small and medium branches Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Compact Enterprise Service Routers (ESRs) carry a full range of networking features. They can be used as a main line, backup link or simultaneous connection. These routers have a compact form facto…
Huawei NE Series Routers
Chinese company Huawei offers NE Series of enterprise routers, presented by the vendor as a high-capacity, reliable, and energy-efficient routers that are easy to maintain.
HPE Enterprise Routers
Hewlett-Packard offers enterprise routers.
Sierra Wireless AirLink Cellular Routers and Gateways
Sierra Wireless headquartered in Richmond offers the AirLink series of cellular routers and gateways supporting vehicle networking, ruggedized series, and Ethernet routers.
Cray Slingshot
Cray Slingshot is a router designed to support high performance computing needs.
Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-X)
The Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-X) provides economical scale, IP and optical network convergence, and a proven architecture that's delivered 10 times the capacity over 10 years. It offers advanced services intelligence, an environmentally-aware design, and system longevity. Furthermore, the CR…