The Puzzling Part. People often confuse modems and routers for two reasons. The first is association. Both devices are often found within the same network structure. As data enters the premises, it is first processed by the modem, after which it travels to the router, where it is redirected to the appropriate end devices. The fact that both the modem and the router are on the same line of traffic, next to each other, and ultimately achieving the same goal, i.e. delivering and dispatching data, consumers may sometimes mistake one for the other.
The second reason is dual-functionality. Combination routers/modems bring together the functions of two individual devices to form a single network solution. However, since the routing function is more apparent to consumers, these devices are more often referred to as routers. This forms a misconception that routers also perform modulation and demodulation by default and that the terms router and modem are interchangeable. That is, however, not the case.
Distinctions. Modems and routers are fundamentally different devices. As previously explained, modems transform one type of data signal into a different type (one that is appropriate for devices within a local area network), whereas routers distribute the data received from the modem to smartphones, laptops, and other end devices in the network.
Routers also create and maintain local area networks, allowing multiple devices to communicate and share data with each other. A LAN can exist regardless of the availability of Internet access.
Modems, on the other hand, cannot create LANs, nor can they directly communicate with multiple devices. However, they are necessary in providing access to the Internet.
LigoWave Technologies. LigoWave does not offer dedicated modem or router solutions, but these technologies are by no means a foreign concept to how LigoWave devices work.
The modem is one of the most important pieces of hardware used in LigoWave devices. Multiple integrated modems not only provide extended compatibility with other equipment, including that of other manufacturers, but also guarantee universality, practicality, and greater functionality.
As for routing, LigoWave’s Infinity series of wireless access points are equipped with a router mode. It allows local area connectivity for any Wi-Fi-based end device regardless of location and application. Infinity devices can therefore be a substitute for conventional routers.
Stay Informed. While modems and routers can be confusing to some, the core principles and functions differ significantly. Not only are the devices on two different levels within the network, but they perform different functions: modems transform signals coming into and going out of the local area network, while routers distribute data to, from, and among devices. So, the next time there is a need for a new modem or router, rest assured that an informed decision will be made during purchase.