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Quick glossary: Home office network routers

Originally Published:
Nov 2018

The router is the central hardware component of most home office networks. Properly configured, a network router will control access to your private network and provide security from malicious attacks. This quick glossary lists and explains 26 terms important to the proper installation and maintenance of a home office network router.

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The growing acceptance of the gig economy, where work for a business is performed by independent contractors paid by the project rather than by salaried employees, has made the home office network an important part of the general enterprise IT infrastructure. Planning, installing, and maintaining a reliable, secure, and properly functioning home network is vital to the success of an individual working from home as an independent contractor. Those working independent of enterprise support systems must assume many roles—including network system administrator.

The central and essential piece of hardware in a home office network is the router. A network router provides all the basics required for establishing a computing network: internet connection, security, traffic management, and the correct transmission protocol. As admin of this network, an independent contractor needs to be intimately familiar with all the components and terminology associated with the network router and its functions. This glossary covers 26 terms that are key to the proper installation and maintenance of a home office network router.

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