Advanced Routers in SOHO environment

This article will illustrate the rationale behind deploying a user selected (and specifically a Cisco) router, notwithstanding cost and complexity, in a home/small office environment. Many people will rely on the ISP provided router to connect to the Internet. This router is often included in the price of the connection, ISP maintained and often when/if it breaks is replaced for free by the ISP.
Given all the advantages, why would you be willing to spend a substantial amount of money to buy a router and why would you decide to buy a complex, expensive (compared to other ‚Äúconsumer grade”) routers? (more…)