Wireless Router

What Does Wireless Router Mean?

A wireless router is a device that enables wireless network packet forwarding and routing, and serves as an access point in a local area network. It works much like a wired router but replaces wires with wireless radio signals to communicate within and to external network environments. It can function as a switch and as an Internet router and access point.

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Techopedia Explains Wireless Router

A wireless router is the router found in a wireless local area network (WLAN) for home and small office networks. It enables Internet and local network access. Typically, the wireless router is directly connected to a wired or wireless WAN. Users connected to the wireless router are able to access the LAN as well as the external WAN, such as the Internet. Depending on the capabilities of the wireless router, it can support from a few to hundreds of simultaneous users. Moreover, most wireless routers can also function as a firewall with the ability to block, monitor, and control and filter incoming and outgoing network traffic.

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