How does a router work

Router - what is it? Easily explained

In the home network, the router is responsible for Internet access. This means that it establishes the connection between two networks: the domestic LAN or WLAN and the public Internet.

In the home network, the router is responsible for Internet access. This means that it establishes the connection between two networks: the local LAN or WLAN and the public Internet.

Most routers for the home network have a built-in modem to communicate with the remote site of the Internet provider. In addition, a network switch is often integrated to enable further network-compatible devices (computers, smart TVs, etc.) to be connected directly to the router. A WLAN module is also often installed in order to be able to integrate smartphones and tablets into the home network via WLAN, for example.

A modern router for the home network also offers numerous software functionalities: An integrated firewall provides additional protection for the home network from attacks from the Internet, Voice-over-IP enables Internet telephony and hard drives / USB sticks connected to the router via USB can be used be provided in the home network as network storage (NAS). The range of functions in this regard differs greatly between the individual routers and manufacturers.

If you are looking for the right router for your home network, we of course have the right recommendation ready. Just read on!

Router for VDSL or DSL

If you have a VDSL or DSL internet connection and are looking for a router for VDSL or DSL, we can recommend the AVM Fritz! Box 7590. It is a router with VDSL modem and DSL modem, gigabit LAN, very fast WLAN, a telephone system and other practical software functions such as a media server and NAS (network storage). Despite the many practical functions, setting up the router is very easy:

Router for cable connection

If you have a cable Internet connection and are looking for the right router with a cable modem, we recommend taking a look at the AVM Fritz! Box 6591. It is a router with a cable modem for gigabit speeds, very much fast WLAN, gigabit LAN, telephone system and other practical software functions such as a media server and NAS (network storage). Despite the many practical functions, setting up the cable router is very easy:

Router for LTE (cellular network)

If you want to access the Internet via the cellular network at home and are looking for the right router for LTE, we can recommend the AVM Fritz! Box 6890. This is an LTE router that can also be used as a DSL or VDSL router. In addition to Gigabit LAN and very fast WLAN as well as a telephone system, the router offers other practical software functions such as a media server and NAS (network storage). Despite the many practical functions, setting up the LTE router is very easy:

Router without a modem

If you already have a modem, you can use a router without a modem and save on the price. In the case of Internet via fiber optics, the Internet provider often provides its own fiber optic modem, so that in this case you don't need a fiber optic router, but can simply use a router without a modem. We have had very good experiences with the AVM Fritz! Box 4040, which in addition to Gigabit LAN and fast WLAN also offers some practical software functions such as a media server. It's also very easy to set up:

Fiber optic router

If you have a fiber optic Internet connection and are looking for the right router with fiber optic modem, you should take a look at the AVM Fritz! Box 7590. This is a router with a fiber optic modem which, thanks to interchangeable modules, can be used very flexibly across Europe on all common fiber optic connections. In addition to Gigabit LAN and very fast WLAN, the router offers a telephone system and other practical software functions such as a media server and NAS (network storage). Despite the many practical functions, setting up the fiber optic router is very easy. The AVM Fritz! Box 7590 should be available shortly. Until then, the AVM Fritz! Box 5491 or the AVM Fritz! Box 5490 are available as alternatives.