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wesley837's avatar

Is a router also a modem?

Asked by wesley837 (163 points ) August 20th, 2008

I have a Linksys – Wireless-G Broadband Router with 4-Port Ethernet Switch
Model: WRT54G2 from bestbuy. I need to choose an ISP for my new apartment and I am thinking about comcast. when I try to sign up for comcast, they ask if I need to lease a modem for one person, purchase a gateway for up to 5 people or if i already own a modem. They also ask if I want installation on 1 computer or installation on 2–5 computers. So will my old router count as a modem? and which installation will I need to choose for me and my roomate? can I just get the installation on one computer and use the wireless router so my roomate can have internet?

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Lovelocke's avatar

did you read the box or google the model number and read up on it before posting this question?

While yes it’s true they CAN be, it’s very unlikely that it is. Most ISPs today just give you a modem anyway, but I doubt you asked those questions or googled about the ISP either.

blastfamy's avatar

The router that you cited is not a modem. You will need a modem (obviously) to connect to the internet. Get the modem for one person. The gateway is over-the-top.

Get the installation for one computer. This is all you need. The modem should hook to the cable line, and the router. The router will provide internet for your room (either by LAN or WLAN).

Lovelocke is right: most ISPs do give you a modem. Your best bet would be to call Comcast and make sure of that.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

That one is not, it’s just a router. What your cable company doesn’t want you to know is that you can buy your own cable modem and save the rental fees. You will need to call them when you set it up in order to authenticate it to their network, but you can save yourself a day of waiting for the cable guy to show up.

winblowzxp's avatar

No, they are not the same.

A modem is a device which MOdulates and DEModulates a signal to/from analog to digital.

A router is a device which acts like a traffic cop by directing traffic from point A to B.

tudorbob's avatar

I have that and no it is only a router – but what a router. You can do so much with this router if you install DD-WRT or OpenWRT.

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