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My internet connection comes in through a wire in my wall, and then connects to this box, with my ISP written on it. From there, I can either connect to a single computer, or connect it to my wireless router to get wireless connectivity, and use the router as a switch for wired connections.

What's that first box called? It's not a router, since that's what the second one is. And it's not a modem, since I have DSL, not dial-up.

asked Feb 28 '11 at 10:13

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Yep, that's a DSL Modem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSL_modem

answered Feb 28 '11 at 10:17

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Thanks, I always thought that a Modem was only for Dial-up.

(Mar 06 '11 at 05:19) Zagorath Zagorath's gravatar image

Technically, a modem is for anything that needs to be modulated and demodulated. For signals that are already digital, I believe the proper term is 'Gateway'.

(Mar 06 '11 at 05:47) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

Ah OK. I thought most DSL was already digital, and therefore didn't need to be modulated. Thanks for the help!

(Mar 06 '11 at 05:50) Zagorath Zagorath's gravatar image

A modem is not just for Dial up, Is just as tsilb said.

answered Feb 28 '11 at 10:47

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