Cisco Routers: We Debunk 2 Big Myths

1st Sep 2015

Hummingbird Networks is the market leader in supplying, implementing, and servicing both new and certified refurbished network hardware. From Cisco routers to Meraki access points, we've got everything you need to stay connected. We hear a lot of myths and misconceptions in our line of work, especially surrounding routers. Today we're going to look at these misconceptions a bit closer and debunk two of the most popular ones.

  • No one wants to hack my network. There are two misconceptions that float around with this myth: It would be a waste of time to hack your network and smaller networks are harder to attack which means that hackers won't want to spend the time necessary for such a small reward. These things simply aren't true - think about it: Just because a hacker can't connect to your wifi from your front lawn doesn't mean that they can't or don't want to make the connection. Plus, if you think that a few credit cards aren't worth a hacker's time, you're wrong - it's an under-the-radar win.
  • The 2.4 GHz band is superior and your router should stay connected to that band at all times. Each band has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, 5 GHz is superior to 2.4 GHz when it comes to avoiding crowded networks that are full of other devices. However, 2.4 GHz is superior to 5 GHz when it comes to spanning distance, or penetrating materials like concrete. While both have their place, neither is a sure-fire “must use” band.