As Wireless Infrastructure Evolves, So Should Routers

By    November 13, 2015

The average home router is under fire in the media lately for slowing down wireless networks that are otherwise perfectly fast. The assumption – which is true in many cases – is that the traditional router simply isn’t equipped to handle the deluge of devices now connecting to the average home network.

It makes sense – residential routers were originally designed to connect a few PCs at most. Today’s household is vastly different, with everything from smartphones to smart thermostats all hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network, placing unprecedented stress on routers that were never meant for such explosive, simultaneous demand. The world has changed irrevocably in a very short time, and these days it can feel like the wireless industry is in a perpetual state of catch-up.

At Cambium Networks, we recognize that this dramatic shift in the way people live has created challenges for our trusted ISP partners around the world. But it has also created an opportunity.

IHS predicts that by 2019, 90% of households will receive Wi-Fi routers directly through their ISPs, so it’s really up to us as an industry to deliver the most dependable products we can. The router of the future must work continuously, with no decline in quality, even when the smart thermostat is pushing data to the cloud, the kids are downloading iPad apps, and the parents are video-conferencing all at the same time.

To support our ISP partners through this transformation, we know that traditional DSL, copper and cable solutions may not always cut it – which we recognize is scary to hear, considering these are often the bread and butter of a service provider’s business.

Fortunately, supplementing these solutions with next-generation wireless infrastructure can lead to tremendous benefits for ISPs. With solutions like cnPilot™ Home & Small Business, providers can offer more reliable connectivity to the home that costs less to maintain and delivers more value than traditional legacy solutions. And unlike traditional routers, ours are designed with the future in mind. Each one can connect up to 2 phone ports, 4 LAN ports and 64 wireless devices. 

Next-generation wireless offerings also provide more visibility into network operations, greatly simplifying remote troubleshooting and customer service for that 90% of households with ISP-supplied routers.

Despite the striking pace of change within our industry, we believe it is fully possible for ISPs to retain their core infrastructure while integrating new wireless services. And the addition of these services in turn will help them increase revenue and expand into new markets – more than making up for any initial investments.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Wi-Fi solutions, sign up for our webinars on cnPilot and cnMaestro™ field deployments to see how others have applied our technology that keeps their customers happy while raising the top line.