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What is the difference between a router and a gateway?


  • A router splits one Internet signal to create a network between two or more Internet-enabled devices such as computers, gaming consoles and printers.
  • A router can be hard-wired or wireless.
  • A router commonly connects network-enabled devices such as computers and gaming consoles to the Internet so that they can be used simultaneously.

A router or gateway is provided if you subscribe to Home Networking.


  • A wireless gateway combines the functions of a cable modem and a wireless router in one piece of equipment.
  • A gateway uses a signal transmitted on a combination of coaxial and fiber optic cable to connect your computer to the Internet. It networks your equipment wirelessly in the same way as a wireless router.
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