In this case, SOHO stands for "Small Office / Home Office," a type of local area network (LAN)
designed to be used by a very small business. Like other LANs, a SOHO network can be a mixed network of wired and/or wireless computers. Being a business network they also tend to include printers and sometimes voice and fax over IP
technology. A SOHO router
is nothing more than a traditional broadband router
marketed for use by such organizations. These are often the same routers made by Linksys, Netgear and others used on ordinary home networks.
Just how small is the 'S' in SOHO? Wikipedia claims these networks typically support between 1 and 10 people. But there is no magic that happens when the eleventh person or device joins the network. In practice, SOHO routers can support somewhat larger networks than this. What are some practical limits on the size of a SOHO network that you've seen?
→ See also
- Small Office / Home Office