Solved Will a router connect me to the internet?

February 27, 2013 at 12:49:48
Specs: Windows 7
I have acquired a Linksys E4200 Router, do I need a separate modem also, and what would be the benefit to having both? (say Netgear Dg834G)

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February 27, 2013 at 13:04:54
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A router itself will not connect you to the Internet. All a router does is take an incoming Ethernet signal and via Network Address Translation, route it to different computers within a network.

To connect the Linksys E4200 to the Internet you need a Modem, either a DSL Modem or a Cable Modem which then plugs into the router.

The Netgear Dg834G is a router with a DSL Modem built in so you don't need a separate Modem, it already has one.

For some reason I have never been able to fathom, routers deigned to be used with DSL come with a Modem built in. Router designed for use with cable do not and you need a separate Modem.


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February 27, 2013 at 13:59:41
A router is basically a splitter. The Linksys model you mentioned is a wireless router which means you can connect several computers to it via ethernet cables and/or connect wireless devices thru Wi-Fi. But you still need a modem to supply the internet service to the router.

The NETGEAR DG834G is also a wireless router but has a built-in DSL modem.

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