Does your creative team rely on Internet to keep the business running? If any interruption in email causes major headaches, you might consider adding a backup Internet connection for your studio.

There are routers available that support dual Internet connections. For example, your office might have a primary high-speed connection, with a secondary inexpensive connection as backup.

A common example would be to install both Cable and DSL Internet connections simultaneously — making it less likely that both connections would be down at the same time.

Linksys Routers supporting Dual Internet Connections.

We can recommend the Linksys RV042 and Linksys RV082 routers from personal experience.

Both routers allow you to add a second Internet connection to help insure that your office is never down. Alternatively, you can use both connections at the same time, and let the router balance your office’s Internet load between them for maximum speed. Both have excellent web-based administration tools. (We prefer the RV082 because the larger size allows it to be mounted in a standard network rack. The RV082 is the router we currently use in the Creativetechs office.)

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Source: This tip inspired by a recent Internet outage at our own office. However we first ran this tip back in October 2005 in QuickTips #56.