We have another unboxing to tell you about. This one is in the networking arena. As you saw in our recent deliveries article we now have an Asus RT-N16 wireless router. We have played with a few routers from Asus before and while they were not the fastest out there, they had some excellent features. With that in mind let’s take a look at what we find inside the box and get a good look at the RT-N16 from Asus.
One of the biggest items we have talked about is the mentality of companies when it comes to protecting their customers. Sure, they will spend a little money to offer some rudimentary protection, but in the end if they can get away with not spending money to keep things safe, well they will. This pattern has been shown time and time again with multiple services online, at banks (think ATM hacks) and pretty much anywhere there is a way to talk to the computer systems in question. Now, a pair of researchers has found that Time Warner, Comcast, Cox and probably many more are barely providing security for their customers who use their recommended hardware.
WiFi is one of those services that people simply expect to see these days. When you walk into just about any public building you are going to start looking for the “free” WiFi that they have. Most people do not stop to think about that that looks like behind the scenes especially when you are in a smaller business. In a large business you have multiple wireless access points (WAPs) that are run by a central controller. This centralized control system makes it relatively simple to control both the business side and the guest side of the wireless network. These tools can be very expensive and out of the budget range for most small companies. Instead a small business will end up with either an edge device with built in wireless (and really bad service), a single WAP or multiple individual WAPs that need to be managed independently and have their own problems.