What Does a Wireless Router Do?


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A wireless router is a device that allow wireless devices to connect to the Internet and communicate with other devices in a home or office network. It combines three network components, including an access point, router and switch.

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What Does a Wireless Router Do?
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Examples of wireless routers include mobile broadband routers, Virgin Media Super Hub and BT Home Hub. A router allocates a unique IP address to each device connected to the network. The access point is the base station that receives wireless network signals.

A wireless router is also used to facilitate VoIP calls and digital TVs. Most routers protect network users by blocking unauthorized access with built-in firewalls.

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