Let’s Compare A Modem, A Router, And A Modem/Router Combo
You can either use a modem, a router, or a modem/router combo to provide a reliable connection to your home or office. But you probably wonder what the heck are the similarities and the differences between the three devices. Here’s a quick overview of each with pros and cons as well.
A modem is a gadget, which offers internet access.
- Provides high-speed internet
- Connects to the ISP that essentially provides either DSL or cable Internet service
- Cannot dispatch the internet info to your devices, to do this, you’ll need a router.
A router is a small device which lets multiple gadgets to join a similar network.
- Allows multiple devices to join the same network
- Provides wireless connectivity so there’s no need to use wires
- Doesn’t necessarily offer access to the Internet.
A combo is a combination of both a router and a modem in a single device.
- Features modem functions as well as router functions.
- It is easier to install than a separate router and modem.
- The device isn’t suitable for advanced and more massive usage such as advanced parental control and web hosting.