Routers and modems are both essential for connecting to the internet and providing a network in your home, and each one serves a different purpose. Common home networks either use a modem with a separate router, or a modem/router combination also known as an "all-in-one" or "gateway". Okyo Garde is a router that is usually connected directly to a modem, or into a modem/router combination.

What is a router?

A router is a networking device that routes (broadcasts) the internet connection from your modem to the devices on your network, like your smartphone, laptop, tablets, gaming systems, and other Wi-Fi devices in your home.

Your router will connect to the Ethernet port on your modem and uses a Wi-Fi signal to broadcast one or more networks throughout the home for wireless internet service. You can also connect devices directly to the router by using an Ethernet cable and one of its available Ethernet ports.

What does it look like?

A router typically has multiple Ethernet ports for wired connections, and sometimes will have one or more visible antennas (some routers have enclosed antennas).

The Okyo Garde router has three identical Ethernet ports on the back of the unit. You connect the Okyo Garde router to your modem or to another router that’s connected to your modem, using one of these three Ethernet ports.

What is a modem?

A modem is a device that receives the internet signal from your internet service provider (ISP) through the outside cable or telephone wire/line coming from a wall in your home.

Modems pass that internet connection through to devices that are wired into it via an Ethernet cable, such as a router, printer, or other networked devices. There are different types of modems including DSL, cable, and fiber optic.

What does it look like?

A modem is usually a square shape with multiple LED lights on the front of the unit to indicate internet connection status and power, and typically has one or two Ethernet ports on the back for wired connections.

What is a modem/router (gateway)?

Sometimes a modem and router are combined into one device. Most internet service providers (ISPs) offer and provide an all-in-one combined modem/router as part of their internet service.

Like a stand-alone modem, a modem/router will have a cable running directly into it from a wall in your home. Additionally, like a stand alone router, a modem/router will have multiple Ethernet ports to connect wired devices from your local network. Your Okyo Garde can connect directly into one of the modem/router Ethernet ports to provide Wi-Fi to your home devices. Your Okyo Garde comes with additional Ethernet ports so you can wire devices directly to the Okyo Garde itself, if you choose.

What does it look like?

A modem/router usually looks like a combination of both a modem and router. It includes LED lights on the unit to display internet connection status and power, will have numerous Ethernet ports on the back of the unit, and can sometimes include a visible antenna.

What if I have no available Ethernet ports on my router?

If all of your available Ethernet ports on your current router or modem/router (gateway) are occupied by a wired device (such as a smart TV, printer, or gaming system) we recommend reviewing your network to see if any devices could potentially be connected wirelessly, to free up an Ethernet port.

Alternatively, you can also use an Ethernet hub which will connect to one Ethernet port and provide numerous additional ports to funnel through the connected port.

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