A modem is a small device that allows you to access the internet in your home via wireless or wired connection. It physically connects your home, often through a cable connection, to your internet service provider (ISP). Even if you have multiple computers, tablets, smart TVs and other digital devices in your home, you should only need one modem. This is where an internet router comes into play.
If a modem is what connects to the internet, the common wireless router is what distributes Wi-Fi to your devices. You can purchase a router separately, or we can help you determine if a modem/router combination is the best network solution for your home. Generally, you will need both for a reliable Wi-Fi connection.
A modem/router combo.
A modem/router combo takes two internet devices and combines them into one, saving you space. This combination has a few benefits. First, it reduces your setup time since you only have one device to program. Second, you may be able to save money with a modem/router combo instead of buying the items separately. Some modem/router packages have voice support, too, to easily connect to your internet provider for troubleshooting problems. Modem/router combos boost wireless connectivity with strong long-range wireless signals, but you can add a Wi-Fi extender if you’re concerned that the connection won’t reach every corner in your home or office.
Other internet modem considerations.
From DSL modems to cable modems, not all devices are created equal. These types of modems can differ with regard to the types of devices they’re able to connect. For example, a DSL modem will link to a telephone land line, which is most commonly connected through your phone service. If you primarily use your smartphone or you don’t have land line service at all, a cable modem is probably the best option for you. Do you have Ethernet cables and USB cables handy? Modems typically have ethernet ports and USB ports, too, to give you fast wired connections to your PC, game console, storage drive and other devices. No matter what type of modem you choose, Best Buy experts can help with your home Wi-Fi setup to ensure your Wi-Fi modem connection is the best it can be.