What's the difference between a modem and a router?

A modem is your home's gateway to the Internet, while a router allows devices to connect wirelessly (WiFi) to the Internet

By Conner Williams
Posted by Conner Williams | Aug 5, 2019
What's the difference between a modem and a router?

It can be easy to mix the two terms up since both pieces of equipment are necessary to provide an Internet signal to your home. A modem is essentially the middleman between the source of Internet from a provider like BCT and your home’s network. It allows the signal that comes from BCT’s facilities to work throughout your home. Modems are typically supplied and connected by service providers.

A router connects to a modem and gives the home access to WiFi so that you can connect wireless devices to your Internet network, like smartphones, streaming set top boxes, laptops, tablets, gaming systems, and more. Routers are also usually supplied by Internet service providers, and BCT even offers additional WiFi equipment to ensure your entire home is covered with the strongest, most consistent signal.

Check out BCT's WiFi Home Networking system to ensure that your WiFi is broadcast throughout the entire home with the strongest, most reliable connection. We install commercial-grade WiFi equipment in the best location to make sure it reaches all the areas you need it to, and include:

  • Professional in-home technical assessment of home construction and obstacles.
  • Professional placement recommendation for optimum signal strength and reach.
  • Professional security and protection measures added to WiFi access point, per customer specifications.
  • A technician connects up to 7 WiFi devices to the new, secure equipment.

Visit www.bctelco.com/internet/wifi to learn more! 

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