If one or two years earlier, some people have been able to anticipate some scuffles in the IT field. Smart phone wars, tablet PC wars, TV box wars, smart TV wars, but it is estimated that not many people will think that even the constant wave of the network market also has "spoilers", and several manufacturers that do not follow the common sense are conspiring at any time. A smart router war may erupt.

The router is too stupid

Unlike various terminal devices, the wireless router is located on the upper layer of the smart terminal. And the router itself is a product that not many people will pay attention to. The user's attention is usually before the purchase. Once the user enters the use state, if the user continues to pay attention, it can only explain one problem: maybe the quality of the wireless router is not very good. In general, the situation of wireless routers is like this. Of course, there is also a very small circle of people who are "playing" with wireless routers, such as DD-WRT or OpenWRT users. They will flash the firmware of the wireless router like updating the system to their mobile phones. More functions are discovered in the wireless router. It's just that this circle is too small. The models of wireless routers that can be played are limited, and they are all home-grade products. Even if the wireless routers installed in the office environment are allowed to play like this, it is estimated that few people have the courage.

Not being able to play does not mean that the user has no demand. In terms of reliability, users often show off the high-configuration routing or enterprise-level routing they have purchased. The user's functional requirements are usually completed on terminal devices such as mobile phones and computers. For example, some people want to speed up cross-operator access, for example, some people want to speed up their IOS application download, for example, some people want to remove outrageous advertisements for video sites, and so on. Everyone has various requirements for the network, but the wireless router itself is getting less and less attention, and the price has plummeted. Having said that, in response to the needs of some users, manufacturers have launched high-end products, such as support for mobile hard disk access, support for print sharing, etc., and the price has also increased, how many people will buy it? A router with a few tens of yuan is placed there, and it stays in obscurity until one day when a user finds that he can't get online, he may not notice it.

Interpretation of the ambition behind the disruption of smart routers

One of the intelligent ideas: mining network resources

This is the status quo of the router market. Of course, this status quo is limited to the family. In fact, it is even lacking in the enterprise. On the contrary, some devices have begun to become more and more popular. For example, HP has launched a printer with integrated wireless router function, which can ensure that 5 to 8 devices are connected to the network, which is enough for ordinary users. Similar designs have occasionally appeared in other products, such as a NAS with a wireless router function in my hand. This design is actually an opportunity for the router to change, but no one seems to have raised questions about why wireless routers cannot bring these functions.

This is exactly a line of thought. Xiaomi announced its own MIWIFI not long ago. That is Xiaomi Smart Router. There are still many opinions on the product. Many people's concerns are in two places. The first is the question and answer on the home page, and the second is the product itself. The so-called "product" is currently just a half face on the official website of Xiaomi. The pictures have a sense of deja vu when they look at it, and then immediately think of another product seen from a certain angle, that is Western Digital NAS.

Can the design of a NAS with a wireless router be called intelligent routing? If it is not particularly critical, it is at least the basis of intelligence. In fact, there are already similar products on the market as early as one or two years. There is a built-in hard disk, the external interface has USB3.0, 100M network interface, and it can be used as a WIFI router to allow 5 devices to access. Lithium battery makes it almost 24/7.

However, it may be because the launch time is earlier, or it may be due to the limitations of the manufacturer's R & D or funding, or it may be that the cost is not well controlled. There is always a little regret when using this product. For example, why is it not an intelligent operating system? For example, why are all built-in hard disks but offline downloads are not possible? Another example is why can't intelligently back up important data? In short, when using this product, people really give full play to their imagination, but found that the imaginary functions are not provided, resulting in that it is only a router that provides WEB-based remote access and access functions, and is not related to smart devices at all. The only thing that can be touched is a smartphone app. There are also many netizens who have raised similar questions in the official forum.

Although the router is not a terminal device, the intelligent demand for such devices actually exists. To give a most practical example, if the user is an ordinary office worker, then the working time plus sleeping time is equivalent to most of the day 'S network is idle, can it increase the utilization rate during this time? The above appeal comes from this status quo. At the same time, another status quo is also stimulating the router market.

Interpretation of the ambition behind the disruption of smart routers

The second way of thinking: expanding application methods

In the browser headed by Chrome, there are a large number of plug-ins that make web browsing colorful. Such as VPN penetration function, such as video advertising function, such as various automatic form filling functions and so on. However, with the upgrading of technology, these plug-ins have become more and more "difficult to use" has become a trend, and parameter configuration is becoming more and more cumbersome, users urgently need to use the power of the hardware layer to get rid of it, through the transformation of routers, some Functions that are available or difficult to use become practical and easy to use.

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