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October 17, 2012
Cisco News - Need to Control Your VoIP Router Remotely? There's Now an App for That
By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor
Have you ever experienced an interruption in your Internet connectivity at home? Let’s be honest, that can’t even be posed as a legitimate question because we all have. In fact, just the other day, I was at home when my family experienced a full disconnection, leaving us feeling rather hopeless (and helpless, seeing how my father – the most knowledgeable regarding this – was at work at the time).
A significant point to make here is that households are also becoming increasingly complex. Bernard Golden, VP, Enterprise Solutions for enStratus Networks, even recently tweeted, “The iPhone (News - Alert) is the Model T of the Information Age.” As more families and homes adopt iPhones and associated devices such as iPads, smart TVs, laptops with wireless adapters and advanced game consoles, they’ll find themselves hosting a hefty list of devices that are connected and solely dependent on the Internet.
Needless to say, as your household becomes more dependent on the Internet, you’ll reflectively become more concerned with the reliability of your VoIP router.
This morning on Global News Online during its Shaw Tech Report, Bradley Shende provided some insight into this, bringing to light something that perhaps many of us never even knew existed concerning VoIP routers.
“Heaven forbid when [my son] becomes a teenager…he’s going to be online more and more such as Facebook (News - Alert) all the time using data and there’s probably going to be competition in my house for that data. It’s going to become increasingly…complex for all of us to be tethered all at once,” he explains, and he makes a good point.
To address this, Shende brings to our attention a unique VoIP router – the Linksys (News - Alert) ea4500 – which serves as the first router to have an app that users can download to their Android or iOs device for complete remote control of their VoIP router. “It’s one way that you can actually reset certain parameters from work…so I can actually get to the control panel and control the router,” he adds.
Additionally, parental controls are included to help shape better and more usable controls in the household.
“So the whole idea of connectivity is becoming a platform in the home as TV’s and everything [else] become connected,” he says.
To check out the entire discussion, watch the video below:
When looking for a router, you will undoubtedly be looking for one that boasts unprecedented strength and reliability to cruise past potential failures and interruptions. Although many households are slow to jump the “smart home” bandwagon or perhaps don’t have the finances to, they will still require a high quality router to maintain efficiency.
Outside of the home, businesses need to set voice traffic at an even higher priority considering the importance of quality of service. Many businesses today depend on the quality of their phone service, and should rightfully be wise in investing in a quality router.
While many may be hesitant to take on a quality router because of its higher costs, remember the tried and true saying that will never go out of style – you get what you pay for.
Speaking of quality routers, Patton (News - Alert) Electronics, an esteemed provider of award-winning VoIP services, recently revealed the launch of its new BODi rS mobile VPN bonding router, which works to automatically share Internet traffic across wired, wireless and satellite links to increase connection stability and reliability as well as maximize use of all available bandwidth. Even more, users will enjoy the ability to scale bandwidth on-the-go, which allows them to add or remove connections accordingly, therefore giving priority to lower cost links when demand allows. This ultimately minimizes costs while still providing excellent reliability to scale as needed.
Speaking on the launch of this new addition to the company’s family of intelligent load balancing and multi-WAN aggregation routers, Brian Lawlor, product manager at Patton, stated, “BODi delivers enterprise continuity, guaranteeing your critical communications stay alive so you are connected and available for your customers – always, everywhere.”
Edited by Jamie Epstein