Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetComputer Networking · 8 months ago

Is a wireless modem the same as wireless router?

12 Answers

  • 7 months ago

       Hi. To clarify ...

       A modem is a device that connects Your system to other systems or devices ... in the old days a modem could be external & would also allow you to send & receive faxes, or connect to any phone number anywhere in the world, but it usually only makes one connection at a time.

       A router simply connects 2 or more computers or devices together & allows them to send & receive information between each other. It handles the information like at a fancy dinner with assigned seating, it makes sure all the necessary data is sent to the right person at the right seat.


    Check these out if You need more info :

       And especially notice the one about "Why You should use a seperate router & modem".


  • 8 months ago

    Router a device which divides the internet connection are a network to many devices laptop This can be done in both modes...wired LAN or wireless WLAN

    MODEM is a device used to connect to an ISP via a different sort of transport medium in short when words are combined. It coverts analog signal into digital so that it can be understood by digital machines.

  • 8 months ago

    Strictly speaking, they are different devices. A modem connects you to the internet, it  "modulates/demodulates" the signal from your phone line, cable or whatever it is connected to, hence the name. A router is a device for routing a signal around your various devices, it has nothing to do with the internet and is really simply a junction box.

    However, these days most devices carry out both functions and the terms are often used interchangeably.  You should check, though, if thinking of buying one, exactly what it does.

  • 8 months ago

    A modem converts the analog signal that comes from a cable (coax) or DSL (RJ11 phone jack) Internet service provider into Ethernet, that is all it does.  A modem will have a coax or RJ11 phone jack and single Ethernet port.  You can connect a single "device" to a modem.  "Modems" don't support Wi-Fi.  Modem has no smarts, the IP address it provides is the public IP address provided by the service provider, the modem is just passing through whatever comes from the service provider network.

    A router is used to connect multiple devices to a single Internet connection (the public IP address).  It uses a feature called NAT (network address translation) to allow several devices to share a common IP address.  Routers can have multiple Ethernet "LAN" ports to connect wired device and most also support Wi-Fi.  Routers are significantly more intelligent than a modem.  Routers also have features like DHCP, which provides IP addresses to the other devices on your network.

    There are also combo devices that are a modem and router combined into a single device.  

    However, the functions are distinctly different.

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  • Paul P
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    A Wireless modem is a router, but a wireless router is *not* a modem. 

    A modem connects to your ISP and provides a source of Internet, and "Wireless" implies that it has WiFi to connect and manage other devices to that Internet (thus it is acting as a router as well).

    A wireless router can't connect to your Internet directly. It needs a source of Internet, IE, your modem.  

    Some people plug their own wireless router into the modem because they tend to work better than the wireless modem that the ISP provides.

  • 8 months ago

    A wireless modem is the same as a separate modem and wireless router.

  • VP
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Haha, I know it's confusing.  Just know there are two basic types of "home" modems:

    - The 1st type of modem only functions as a modem.

    - The 2nd type of modem ALSO functions as a router, a switch, a Wi-Fi transceiver, and a firewall. We call this a 'Gateway' or 'router' at times.

    The easiest way to decide what to call it is to look at the back of the device. If I see 1 Ethernet port it's pretty safe to call it a modem (because it needs to connect to a router); but if it has 4+ ports then it's a 'multi-function' device -- known as a router or gateway.  

    If you're still in doubt, just mention the make & model of the device and most techs will quickly look it up and understand what you're working with.

  • David
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Sticking strictly to the definition no they are different, but for the average domestic setting they probably are used interchangeably.

    A modem is used to connect to the internet provided by your ISP and provide a single connection to a computer via an ethernet cable. In order for several computers to be connected a wireless router is connected to the modem to provide a "routing" function.

    If the wireless "modem" you are referring to is used for this function and can connect to the internet then it is commonly referred to as a "wireless modem/router".

    In the strict definition a "wireless modem" would connect to the internet via a wireless link (or mobile broadband link) and provide an internet source to connect to a single computer, (or several computers via a router)

  • Bill
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    A wireless router usually connects the wireless network to an Ethernet network. A wireless modem connects to a coaxial cable, DSL, fiber optic, or other network provided by an internet provider.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    No. Or at least I wouldn't use them interchangeably. There are wireless routers that integrate a cable or DSL modem, but most don't. And in my mind, "wireless modem" should be used only to refer to a wireless connection to an ISP, such as cellular or the rare microwave link.

    Wikipedia redirects "Wireless modem" to "Mobile broadband modem", so it would seem to agree with me.

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