Quick definition: An edge router is a component of network infrastructure that operates at the “edge” of a network to connect it to the public Internet or a Wide Area Network (WAN) such as a cellular network. It enables remote access from outside the network, secures data transmissions to and from the network, and helps prioritize communications to improve service.
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How to Choose the Best IoT Router
IoT routers play a critical role in your M2M deployments, and they’re not all the same. When you have hundreds or thousands of connected devices dispersed far from your base of operations, you need network infrastructure that empowers your business with robust analytics and secure remote access capabilities, so you can manage deployments and keep security up-to-date from afar.
What Is an IoT Router?
Whether you’re an Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturer or a business that relies on IoT devices, it’s crucial to understand the difference between a commercial-grade IoT router and the typical routers you’ll find at a consumer electronics store. For example, in oil & gas fields, manufacturing facilities, or other Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications, there’s too much at stake to risk losing connectivity or creating network vulnerabilities by using the same tech a consumer might have in their home.
What Is an IoT Gateway?
Some IoT devices, like smart meters, are often so distributed that they’re difficult to access, and they need to last for many years in the field. So manufacturers give them minimal capabilities and optimize them for maximum battery life. In cases like this, an IoT gateway enables the devices in the field to remain secure throughout their lifecycle and communicate with the utility provider’s analytics and billing applications.