What separates business routers from consumer routers?

Small-business owners shopping for a new router should avoid the flashy new 802.11ac models. Here's why.

By Michael Brown, PC World |  Networking, routers

One feature you can expect to find in a high-end consumer router is one or even two USB ports. Through such ports, networked computers can easily share a USB printer and a USB hard drive. Although this might seem like an attractive feature in a router, anything but the tiniest small business will be better served by printers and NAS (network-attached storage) devices that have built-in networking capabilities. A printer with built-in networking features won't limit you to the length of a USB cable when you deploy it. USB storage devices, meanwhile, are slow and top out at 2TB, whereas a high-end NAS can deliver as much performance and storage capacity as a small server can.

Here are some of the other features you'll find in the typical consumer router:

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