What is a router?

Typically, a router is a device that provides Wi-Fi. It sends information from the internet to your personal devices like a computer, phone, or tablet. These internet-connected devices in your home make up your local area network (LAN).

Google Wifi is an example of a router. Once a modem brings in information from the internet, a router distributes this data to your personal devices.

Note: A Wifi point is a router. To use Google Wifi, you will need to connect your Primary Wifi point to a modem with an Ethernet cable. This can be a standalone modem or a modem+router combination provided by your ISP. Keep in mind, some apartment buildings and dorms don’t require modems for broadband connections. If this is the case, you can plug your Wifi point directly into a wall Ethernet port.

More information

Learn how to connect your Wifi point to a modem

Learn how to reboot your Wifi point

Learn about Double NAT (when two routers are performing network address translation)

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