Complete Guide to Modems, Routers and Gateways

Have you ever fallen down the research rabbit hole as you look into all your home networking options? It can be confusing to navigate what all the terminology means and how it will work for you. Before we get into the differences between modems, routers, gateways and modem routers, let’s review what each device does.

A modem is a small box that connects your devices to the Internet using cables. Unlike a router, a modem doesn’t provide your home with Wi-Fi connectivity. A modem acts as a digital translator, taking an information signal from your cable, fiber or phone lines and making it accessible to your computer.

A router either connects to your modem via wires, or it may be built right into the modem. The router’s function then is to send information from the Internet wirelessly to all devices in your home, like phones, tablets, gaming consoles, computers and more. In other words, when you connect to Wi-Fi, you’re really connecting to a router.

Put simply, a gateway is a device that combines the functions of a modem and a router. A modem is a device that connects to your cable or phone lines and translates the data or information from the Internet to your computer or connected device. A router is a device that works with your modem to takes the data coming through the modem and sends it wirelessly to multiple devices like smart phones, tablets, gaming consoles, and computers.

A modem and a router may be two separate devices that are connected by wires. So what is a Modem Router? It’s simply a single device that combines the functions of a modem and a router. Gateway is another term that means modem router. The primary benefit to using a modem router is the simplicity of having a single device to set up rather than two. It’s a one-stop shop for Internet connectivity.

What are the Differences between a Modem, a Router, a Gateway and a Modem Router?

Have you ever fallen down the research rabbit hole as you look into all your home networking options? It can be confusing to navigate what all the terminology means and how it will work for you. Before we get into the differences between modems, routers, gateways and modem routers, let’s review what each device does.

GT784WN

Wireless N DSL Modem Router

 

The full featured GT784WN DSL Modem Wireless Router reduces the technology clutter. By integrating a DSL modem, wireless N networking, and full routing capability in one box, the GT784WN lets you solve all of your customer’s connection and networking needs. The modem has been tested for maximum performance on all major DSL providers and supports ADSL2+ with speeds up to 24 Mbps downstream.

T3200

Bonded VDSL2 Wireless AC Gateway Router

 

Deliver an ultra-fast and powerful home networking experience, with Gigabit access speeds, HD video, and multi-play services over any fiber network architecture. As part of the T3200 family, this Bonded VDSL2 Modem 802.11ac Wireless Router supports fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the curb (FTTC), and fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp/MDU). Dual band WiFi (802.11n/ac) delivers wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps* to enable your customers to get the best streaming and broadband experience anywhere in the home.

T3200

Bonded VDSL2 Wireless AC Gateway Router

 

Deliver an ultra-fast and powerful home networking experience, with Gigabit access speeds, HD video, and multi-play services over any fiber network architecture. As part of the T3200 family, the T3200M Bonded VDSL2 Modem and 802.11ac Wireless Router supports fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the curb (FTTC), and fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp/MDU). Dual band WiFi (802.11n/ac) delivers wireless speeds up to 2.3 Gbps* to enable your customers to get the best streaming and broadband experience anywhere in the home.

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