Solved The difference between the modem and the router

March 29, 2019 at 02:56:43
Specs: Windows 10
I have a tp-link router modem I'm trying to get another modem that has more features, such as setting up vpn or guest mode, and so on, but just routers like this, I wanted to see what's the difference between a router and a modem? Are they different? For example, can I access the Internet with a router alone?

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March 29, 2019 at 03:10:25
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March 29, 2019 at 07:37:54
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Simply put, a modem converts a different type of signal into an ethernet signal which your network, and computers and other devices can understand.

For instance, ADSL. That comes into your house via a 2 wire phone line. The modem converts that to something your network understands (ethernet) which runs on an 8 wire network cable.

Your router provides certain services such as firewall, NAT (which allows multiple devices inside your LAN to connect to the internet through a single external IP address) DHCP and a few other services.

Some devices, called "combo" (ie: combination) devices encompass both the router and modem all in one unit. Personally, I don't care for them myself as they allow your internet provider a direct route inside your firewall and therefore, inside your LAN.

So you need to find out what you have. Either you'll have a combo device, or you'll have a separate router and modem. If you have the former, you'd need to buy both......and, the modem would have to be compatible with your provider's network so you would need to contact them about which make/models would work.

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