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How to add enterprise features to your $50 router
Let's face it: most of us don't earn our monthly salaries by working online. If you are like most people, Internet means Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and maybe a few more similar sites for you. So, why should you invest your money into an expensive router, when a cheap one will do the same job?
To begin with, better routers provide better security features, and this is something you shouldn't skimp on. But don't worry; your router can get access to many robust, enterprise-level features for free. This article will show you how to make it possible.
If you are familiar with Internet technologies, at least to a certain degree, you may have heard about router firmware upgrades - that's exactly what we are going to do. Don't worry, we aren't going to open the router case and replace its parts! Even though, on a side note, people who did that have greatly improved the Wi-Fi signal power by using a few inexpensive components - low cost ufl cables and 8dBi Wi-Fi antennas.
The Internet has exploded! And you don't have to trust me on that - just look around you! We are surrounded by lots of devices which are connected to the Internet, and each one of them needs to have its own IP address.
Under these circumstances, it's not surprising that the supply of IP addresses is constantly and quickly depleting. While the problem affects both wired and wireless network users, it's particularly serious for people using Wi-Fi networks, who may need to replace their wireless routers in the near future.
Of course, there's always the option of updating the router firmware, but some manufacturers may not be inclined to provide free firmware updates, preferring to use this problem as an opportunity to sell their newer products.