What is broadband router?
A broadband router is a type of network device that allows end users to access broadband internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ISP typically provides and configures an end-user broadband router.
A broadband router is also known as a broadband modem, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) modem, or ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) modem.
The Internet connection provided by a broadband router can be one of the following:
- Digital subscriber line (DSL)
- Asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL)
- Glass fiber
- Any other high-speed network medium
A broadband router combines the functions of a network switch, a DHCP server (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) and a firewall in one device. It usually has multiple LAN ports, wireless connectivity options, and built-in security features.
The most important features of a broadband router are:
- Provides connectivity and authenticates ISP subscribers
- Allows broadband internet access for users
- Connects via wired or wireless LAN
- Provides simultaneous internet access for multiple users