Router vs. Modem
Just like a car wouldn’t be any use without tires, your DSL connection relies on more than just your computer. Routers and modems are integral parts of DSL Internet – but what exactly are they?
It’s less of a question of a router vs. a modem – they don’t compete against each other, they work together. Think of a router and modem as a duo – they help each other out and work together to bring you a fast and reliable DSL connection.
Your router is the detail guy. Your modem is the idea man.
||When you get online, your computer sends signals to the router.
||Here, your router directs traffic from your computer to the modem.
||Here, your modem converts the signals from your router and establishes your DSL connection.
Going wireless: router vs. modem
Making your Internet connection wireless is becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity. Going wireless gives you the freedom to move around your house while still getting the benefits of a high-speed Internet connection. It’s easy to do yourself – all you need is a wireless router.
A wireless router is your base, your Wi-Fi access point. In this case, your router works as an Ethernet switch, since you aren’t using a hardline Ethernet cord.
Internet for your computer is just one thing – a wireless router can also makes it possible for you to get online with tablets, laptops and other Internet-enabled devices.
Wireless equipment is just one example of the different types of wireless modems and routers. Each Internet service uses its own type of technology – that means the routers and modems used for DSL are different than the ones used for cable, satellite and dial-up Internet connections.
Bottom line, routers and modems are both integral parts to a DSL connection. They team up with your computer to make up your small home network, and make a big impact on how you get online.