DSL modem or modem router

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DSL modem or modem router

I have a speedstream 5100 dsl modem and some manuals suggest it's just a dsl modem while others say it's a router? What is the difference and how can i tell. Also what is the difference between a router and a switch?
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Old 01-07-09, 06:27 AM
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if its a Modem/router then you can just add a switch behind it for multiple Pc's as it will assign IP's to them

if its just a modem then you will need a router to assign Ip's

lots of differences between a router and a switch

many routers have built in switch's

does it have more than one Ethernet port ?

is so its a router /switch if not you will need to add a switch or a router/switch
 
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