Router Vs Modem : Do you need both?

Atul Kumar Prasad
5 min readJun 21, 2020

Router vs. Modem: Do you need both?

Simple answer is yes.

Modem functions as your connection to the internet, harnessing it and bringing to your house and routers are medium by which you are able to connect your devices to internet. However the notion that you need two separate devices is not entirely true. Many companies are now making router and modem combos that both connect to and disperse the internet.

There will be many advantages with the dual-modem router like you need less space, but with this there will be some problem. A common problem with combined devices is that they are unable to pack as many features in as you would get on separate devices. And with a separate modem you won’t have to buy a new one as frequently — it often easier and less expensive to upload each device separately when needed.

How much speed you need?

If you are looking for a modem then Mbps or megabits per second matters, because this number can make internet services great. The greater the number more will be the speed. Modems can have speed varying speed from 10 Mbps to 1000 Mbps.

Modem is a device which performs modulation and demodulation of signals. It works on data link of ISO-OSI reference model and doesn’t have any inbuilt intelligence. It primarily focus on to deliver information as it is in form it derives from ISP without checking any security threats as it is not smart enough. Thus any threat gets easily access to the network through modem. The modems are available in market are the types of:

Router is a networking device which associates various network with each other for LAN and WAN. It works on physical data link and network layer of ISO-OSI reference model and maintains routing table to forward and route data packet to desired destination path. Router uses a firewall to examine the incoming data packets by using firewall and other antivirus software. This provides the more security to threats. The main types of routers available in market are

This was the brief introduction and technical specifications for router and modem. Router provides security against threats against malware or suspicious data because it has inbuilt artificial intelligence, but there is no such a facility is provided in modem.

21 stcentury is the era of digital world. Every country in the world is focusing on digitization. And in achieving the milestone internet is playing a vital role, the demand for internet in the decade has been increased abruptly. Telecom companies are competing each other. Every day or after sometime new plans are launched, but for the good internet speed the choice for router and modems is always a point of discussion. There are many 4G enabled smart phones which provide high speed internet but gaming lovers, entrepreneurs, industries, corporate etc. need something extra. That’s why common people are also taking interest in these devices. In the whole scenario why the manufacturing companies of modems and router will remain behind. Now as per giants like Tech-Crunch, Digital trend etc., we are going to present best five modems/routers of all time. See which suits your need.

RT-AX88U is a 4x4 dual-band Wi-Fi router that provides 160MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 6000Mbps — 1148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804Mbps on the 5GHz band — RT-AX88U is 2.3X faster than 802.11ac 4x4 dual-band routers.

With a revolutionary combination of OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology, 802.11ax technology provides up to 4X greater network capacity and efficiency in traffic-dense environments. Previous-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi can only handle one device at a time on each network channel, which is an inefficient use of available bandwidth. OFDMA support in the 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard divides each channel into small sub-channels, allowing signals from multiple devices to be bundled together and transmitted simultaneously, reducing latency for a smoother, more responsive Wi-Fi experience.

In most cases, your RT-AX88U can deliver smooth, reliable Wi-Fi to every part of your home. But Wi-Fi coverage can be affected by many factors — room layout, construction materials, and even furnishings. ASUS AiMesh is an innovative new router feature that fixes these problems: it creates a whole-home Wi-Fi network using multiple ASUS routers. AiMesh is powerful, flexible and you can use a mix of ASUS router models — protecting your investment! AiMesh gives you time-saving central control, and seamless roaming capability. AiMesh is Wi-Fi you can rely on — for all your devices, all the time!

4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports allow you to stay wired for the most stable and uninterrupted connectivity. Access your media and backup your data with an attached USB hard drive connected to the super-speed USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports.

With Beamforming+ the router & device communicate with each other, so the router can directly beam the WiFi signal to the device which boosts speed, reliability, and range.

Equipped with a next generation 64-bit Dual-core processor that is more efficient than 32-bit processors found in most routers coupled with three offload processors, X6S can handle data intensive applications and provide better video streaming, lag-free gaming, surfing, and more.

The DIR-890L Wireless AC3200 Tri Band Gigabit Cloud Router lets you easily connect,control, and monitor a network using the future of wireless technology, today. Advanced ACSmartBeam provides a significant increase in wireless performance, while Advanced Quality ofService (QoS) efficiently distributes bandwidth. The DIR-890L is also the first high performanceconsumer router to include SmartConnect, which turbo charges wireless AC enabled devices. It’s mydlink Cloud enabled and supports the mydlink SharePort app to stream and share yourmedia files. The DIR-890L is stylish, easy-to-use, and comes IPv6-ready for a reliable networktoday and tomorrow. Product Hightlights : Advanced AC SmartBeam with Gigabit Ethernet : Stream HD multimedia across your home without interruption using the fastest wired and wireless connectivity options available today mydlink Cloud-Enabled: Create a personal cloud to effortlessly monitor your network or cameras from any Internet connected PC or mobile device Easy Set Up and Installation: The QRS (Quick Router Setup) Mobile app for your tablet or smartphone allows you to set up your network without touching a computer.

  • 1024-QAM technology — 80 percent faster, 5GHz at up to 2100mbps, 66 percent faster 2.4GHz at up to 1000mbps
  • 33 percent greater 2.4GHz coverage with 4 transmits, 4 receives (4T4R) antenna design, able to reach our widest-ever coverage up to 5000 square feet
  • Expansive Connectivity Options: With exclusively has 8 x Gigabit LAN ports for up to eight Ethernet-compatible devices to connect simultaneously
  • Powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, faster USB data transfers enjoy up to over 100mbps speed and the router download/upload speed (WAN-LAN throughput) up to 1.8gbps
  • Smart Connect: Automatically chooses the best band available for you
  • ASUS AiProtection powered by Trend Micro ensures your online experience is safe and secure, by combining automatic vulnerability detection, malicious site blocking and parental controls, AiProtection keeps everyone safe and sound
  • AiMesh Supported — Connect to other compatible ASUS routers to create a powerful and flexible whole-home Wi-Fi network

Originally published at on June 21, 2020.