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Modem vs. Router

What is the difference between a modem and a router?

I'm trying to run wireless internet from my DSL modem, which do I need, a modem or a router?

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A DSL Modem is often also a router. The easiest way to tell is by how many ports are on the back, or if it has an antenna (wireless). If it only has a port for the phone line and 1 ethernet port and 1 USB port, it's a modem. If it has more than that, i.e. multiple ethernet ports or an antenna, it's a router. If you want a wireless connection, you need a wireless router. You should be able to get a decent one for about $50 to $75.

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Oh I thought you wanted a wireless anywhere modem.
Ok
A Modem is what you need to get the internet from your internet provider. A router splits that connection from the modem so that more than 1 computer can get on.
What you need to do is get a wireless router such as the Linksys WRT54G then connect it to the modem so that it will broadcast wireless to your laptop.

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