When shopping for the right industrial router for the job, we’re really looking for the best hardware, with the best software, at the best price. Still, there are a lot of industrial routers on the market today. And they all do pretty much the same thing. They mount on DIN rails, survive harsh environments and generally route ethernet packets where they’re supposed to go. So then, on what basis can we assess if one industrial router has the edge on another? Simply put, good software is the distinguishing factor.
Routers are really just computers, with a CPU, memory and an operating system (typically Linux). To truly take advantage of a computer requires software, and it’s the same with routers.
What then distinguishes “good” or “great” software from the rest?