Difference between Router and Modem

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Router and Bridge are both network connecting devices. Router works at network layer and is responsible to find the shortest path for a packet whereas Modem connects a device like desktop, laptop to internet. Router connects devices across multiple networks.

Following are the important differences between Router and Modem.

Sr. No.KeyRouterModem
1ObjectiveRouter main objective is to connect various networks.Modem main objective is to connect a laptop or any device to internet.
2ActionRouter checks information packet and verify its path to destinative network device.Modem converts digital signal of laptop to analog signal and vice versa.
3ActionRouter distributes requested data to PC/Laptop.Modem gets the requested data from Net to PC/laptop.
4Net AccessRouter is not mandatory to access the internet.Modem is mandatory to access the internet.
5LocationRouter is placed with electronic device and network.Modem is placed directly on computer or between computer and router.
6LayerRouter works in network layer.Modem works in data link layer.
Published on 26-Nov-2019 16:36:30