The importance of a modem and a router

A stable internet connection is essential in households and businesses.  With more enterprises now transitioning to remote work setup, it is essential to have a stable connection.  Thus it is important to understand how your internet works.  What then are the basic components that make up your home network?

First, you need an internet service provider (ISP) that will provide you with internet access through cable, DSL, fiber, or broadband connection.  ISP companies provide services that allow you to browse online, conduct video conferencing, and send emails.  They may also provide you with a modem.  Once you have a modem, you can set up your home network, which is composed of a modem and a router.

What is a modem?

A modem is a device that receives information from your ISP and converts it into a digital signal so you can browse the web, play online games, stream videos, and many more.  Some modems have a Wi-Fi function to provide a wireless signal for a limited number of devices. 

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Some modems require a router for you to have a Wi-Fi connection.  The bottom line is your modem gives you access to the web and translates all the data for you.  To know more about the modem, click here

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What is a router?

A router is a device that receives a signal from a modem.  Once configured, it connects multiple wired and wireless devices to the internet.  It acts as a gatekeeper for your network—providing a connection for your computers, smartphones, game consoles, and other devices while protecting them from the web.  The router provides a local IP address to keep your network private and secured against hackers and other unprotected activities within the internet.  To learn more about wireless routers, click
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Which of the two devices is more important?

Without a modem, it is not possible to have an internet connection.  On the other hand, you cannot have multiple wired and wireless connections if you don’t have a router.  Both devices are therefore important to set up a functioning home network.

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