Wireless Routers

 wireless router is a device that performs the functions of a router but also includes the functions of a wireless access point and a network switch. They are commonly used to allow access to the Internet or a computer network without the need for a cabled connection. It can function in a wired LAN (local area network), a wireless only LAN (WLAN), or a mixed wired/wireless network. Most current wireless routers have the following characteristics:
LAN ports which function in the same manner as the ports of a network switch
A WAN port to connect to a wide area network, typically one with Internet access. External destinations are accessed using this port. If it is not used, many functions of the router will be bypassed.
Wireless antennae These allow connections from other wireless devices (NICs (network interface cards), wireless repeaters, wireless access points, and wireless bridges, for example), usually using the Wi-Fi standard.
Some wireless routers also include a DSL or cable modem in addition to their other components.

A wireless router is a device that performs the functions of a router but also includes the functions of a wireless access point and a network switch. It is commonly used to allow access to the Internet or a computer network without the need for a cabled connection. It can function in a wired LAN (local area network), a wireless only LAN (WLAN), or a mixed wired/wireless network. Most current wireless routers have the following characteristics:

  1. LAN ports which function in the same manner as the ports of a network switch
  2. A WAN port to connect to a wide area network, typically one with Internet access. External destinations are accessed using this port. If it is not used, many functions of the router will be bypassed.
  3. Wireless antennae to allow connections from other wireless devices, such as NICs (network interface cards), wireless repeaters, wireless access points, and wireless bridges, usually with the Wi-Fi standard. Some wireless routers also include a DSL or cable modem in addition to their other components.