Learning The “Secrets” of Modems

What Does A Modem And Router Do?

It is the router and modem that lets our mobile or home computer connected to the World Wide Web, making it an integral component. The modem is communicating with your ISP or Internet Service Provider. It is called as cable modem if it’s connecting to your cable provider via coaxial cable, it is a DSL modem however if it’s connected to your phone line. Your modem will necessarily depend on infrastructure capability of your ISP which can either be satellite or fibre.

On the other hand, the router shares this internet connection among other devices in your office or home. If it’s wireless and creates a WiFi network, then devices can connect to it. The router could be provided with ports for Ethernet cables. Whether you believe it or not, the router connects the internet through the modem and is recipient and owner of single IP address on the internet in which servers online can connect.

The routers come with firewalls too which are the protective barricades towards the internet and is offering protection in hardware format together with software firewall protection that’s available on your computer. In reality, all brands of modems and routers available work in the same way except for the fact that they are different in cosmetics but, there are huge range of routers and modems that can be chosen from and its prices might vary from 30 dollars to few hundreds.

Say that you are currently looking for a modem to be chosen, if your ISP offers internet via cable network, then expect the model for the cable to be a standard one which is called as DOCSIS 3.0 as being the latest format across all the brands. If it’s a DSL connection on the other hand, you’d go for a VDSL connection that could deliver speeds of greater than 15mbps and ADSL connection for lesser speed.

It is important to know the number of available channels. For 1 or 2 users, 4 upload and 8 download channels will suffice but for big families that have several devices working simultaneously, 16 to 32 download channels will be the ideal choice but it will cost you more obviously.

Believe it or not, it is a lot easier to choose routers as there are only 2 types of technologies used in such including AC which has beam forming technology that directs a beam to your device rather than the radius of the Wi-Fi technology and N technology which is comparatively slower. It is a smarter deal for you to buy modem and router on your own than going for what the service provider is offering in exchange for lower rent.