In this internet world living without the internet is like living without oxygen. Can you imagine your life without the internet? But did you ever think how can you connect to the world of internet using a small device placed in your home or office?

Let’s begin with modems, the modem is a hardware used to transfer data to and from a transmission medium. The modem is like a translator, it converts the signals received through coaxial cables, optical fiber or phone lines of your Internet service provider (ISP) to an internet connection. The router’s job is to send these digital signals to connected devices through Ethernet cables or Wi-Fi. There are different kinds of modem available: cable, DSL and Fibre modem.

The internet speed depends on the connection from the ISP. The faster the connection, the faster you can access websites and files from the internet. The Download speed tells how fast data comes to your devices. Upload speed tells how fast you can send data to internet services. The speed of the connection usually represents in Megabits per second (Mbps).

What is the difference between Modem and Router?
Nowadays, the latest modem comes with a router to share the internet connection with other devices. You need a modem to connect to your ISP to get the internet connection and you need a router to share that internet connection to multiple devices. If you have a single PC to connect to the internet, you only need a modem. You can connect the modem to the PC to access the internet. If you have multiple devices in your home, you need a router to connect these devices to the internet and also connect this device with each other. Netgear Nighthawk cable modem WiFi router combo replaces your cable modem and WiFi router and it supports almost all cable providers.

Wired or Wireless
The wired router only supports LAN cables, a wireless router allows you to connect multiple devices to the router without cable. Now, most routers have a few LAN ports and Wireless antenna.

In short, the modem connects to an internet service provider to access the internet and the router creates a network between the devices in your home. New devices come as a combined modem-router unit that can perform both these functions in one device. So, you don’t want to invest in a separate router. Before buying a router, check its port availability, Wi-Fi range, and transfer speed. The dual-band router gives the option to transfer over two radio frequencies to increase the bandwidth. TP-Link’s WiFi smart router has three external antennas for long WiFi, supports dual-band gigabit high-speed internet, it has parental controls and also works with the Alexa and VPN server.

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