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Differentiating Gateway, Firewall, and Router Features

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When discussing business-class networking hardware, the nomenclature tends to get convoluted. One point of confusion among networking professionals occurs when discussing security appliances. What is the difference between a router and a gateway? What about a security gateway and a firewall or UTM?

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Six Router Features That Optimize Small Business Networks

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Here we'll discuss the differences between home networking equipment and business-class routers, switches, and access points. Nearly all networking manufacturers put to market equipment they say is appropriate for small business networks. What exactly sets business routers apart from home routers? We’ll look at how their features and functions help a business operate in the context of a small office network setup.

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Best Android App to Test Wi-Fi Speed (Five Use Cases)

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Need a convenient way to test Wi-Fi speed with your Android phone? The best app depends on the measurements you’re trying to collect first and foremost. I’ll assume you’re familiar with data rates and other metrics attached to network speed, and examine five common use case scenarios where Wi-Fi network performance comes into consideration. With that in mind, we’ll look at the best Android apps for network analysis and monitoring each situation.

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Is a Wireless 5G Network Hub Coming to Your Town?

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $100 million in funding to place several 5G network research hubs across the U.S. The federal agency plans to issue an RFP for the project in the coming weeks to solicit proposals from the academic and R&D community.

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Use an IPv6 Router to Light a Christmas Tree in Belgium

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Here's one way to use IPv6 router protocol this holiday season. Ping a packet at this Charlie Brown tree set up by De Oranjerie, a Belgium-based all-ages computer learning center. Here's the code to ping the tree in real-time; use packet configuration to light the colored LED bulb of your choice!

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