Home Networking 101 – Modems and Routers

If you are new to networking, you probably have questions regarding cable modems, WiFi routers, WiFi extenders, and more. Maybe you want to know the difference between modems and routers or want to know how to set up a smart home.

Not only do we help you find the best cable modem for your ISP, but also help you make an informed decision about other networking products.


Cable Modems vs. WiFi Modems – Networking

A traditional cable modem is what receives the Internet signal in your home from your provider. From there, the modem may connect to a single computer, TV, or another device. However, it can be connected to a separate router that splits the signal, either wirelessly or through ethernet cables. Additionally, a WiFi cable modem may be used which has built-in routing capabilities.

Most cable providers allow you to buy your own modem at a retail store, instead of renting one from them for a monthly fee. All providers, a.k.a. an ISP, have different modems that are compatible with their services. That’s where we come in. We can help you find the right modem, for not only your Internet provider but one that candle handle your subscribed speed. It’s as easy as contacting us via our contact form or following our cable modem buying guides per provider.

WiFi Modem vs. WiFi Router

A WiFi modem is two devices in one, a cable modem and a router. One of the most asked questions we get is “Do I need a router and a modem?”. The answer is typical, yes. Most households today require Internet to more than one device in the home. This is accomplished by connecting the cable modem to a router or by using a combination modem and router unit, a.k.a. WiFi modem or Gateway.

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