What are the advantages and disadvantages of a built in wifi router?


6 Answers

  • 8 months ago
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    With WiFi, your internet service is available in the usable range of your modem, usually like a household. Secured is suggested so neighbors can't piggyback your service slowing it. It is wireless.(more users, slower)

    Without,, means a wired connection to the modem, maybe with a switch(router) so a few other local connections can be made. It is wired, meaning a cat 5 cable connected to your computer. One advantage it has is can be a faster connection, and snoopers can't hack your connection.

    You have a poor wifi signal, it can play hell on interactive gaming or video streaming.

  • GTB
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    If by the term "built in wifi router" you mean a router with a wireless access point integrated in it a as opposed to a router and a stand alone wireless access point, the advantage is that it is one unit, easily transported and configured from one LAN IP address. The biggest disadvantage is that you likely need the router in one location which is not ideal for the wireless coverage.

  • 8 months ago


    Relatively easy to setup

    decent to good performance

    Works well for most home users

    Cons:Might not have great range depending on make/model

    Advanced networking features are usually missing or not well implemented

    Security might not be good on consumer level equipment

  • BigE
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You must mean combo modem/router/wifi or what is called a gateway.

    Plus: less cabling

     smaller footprint

     easier to debug, only one box

     fewer power cords

    Minus: can't upgrade wifi

     router is where modem is located, can't separate to get better WIFI signal without a separate access point

     modems die quicker than routers, replace the whole box instead of just the modem


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  • 8 months ago

    Depends on who owns what. If you are renting the modem from your provider and they will set you up with a combi unit for the same price, then you don't have to buy your own router.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    built into what? 

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