A guest reader named Anjon recently asked whether home network routers
can work if the residence has no Internet connection. The answer, of course: Yes! Having a router at home makes sense even without Internet access for a few reasons:
- it becomes much easier to share files between home computers
- a network printer can be shared within the home
- a NAS device or other server can be set up to automatically save backup copies of valuable data across multiple devices
All modern home routers work with or without an active Internet connection. If a person wants to build an Internet-less home network with all devices wired, an Ethernet switch
can be used instead of an router.
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