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Definition: A broadband router combines the features of a traditional network switch, a network firewall, and a DHCP server. Broadband routers are designed for convenience in setting up home networks, particularly for homes with high-speed Internet service. Besides easier sharing of a home Internet connection, broadband routers also enable sharing of files, printers and other resources among home computers.

A broadband router utilizes the Ethernet standard for wired connections. Traditional broadband routers required Ethernet cables be run between the router, the broadband modem, and each computer on the home network. Newer broadband routers also incorporate wireless networking capability utilizing the Wi-Fi standards.

Several manufacturers offer broadband router products to consumers. Features that differentiate broadband router products include the specific Wi-Fi and Ethernet standards supported along with additional performance and security features.

See also - Before You Buy a Home Broadband Router
Also Known As: residential gateway, home gateway

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