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What's the difference between a modem and a router?

I wanted to know, what is the difference between a modem and a router, and which specific kind of modem or router(wired, dsl wired, wireless, ect.) to get that will work if i plug it in to a Xbox 360. I don't want to buy the 100 dollar wireless adapter for the 360, so i want it to be wired.

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westfw7 years ago
How about one of these Wireless ethernet game adaptor. I'd be a little worried that it doesn't specifically mention xbox360. But ... $20!
Farewell88s (author)  westfw7 years ago
Yeah, that looks like it might work!
westfw7 years ago
A router makes decisions about where to send packets. A modem converts signals from one form to another (originally, binary bits to audio tones, while a DSL or Cable modem is more complicated.) You don't need either one to connect an xbox360 to your existing ethernet network, if you have an existing ethernet network. You just need a spare ethernet port on your existing router, or (at most) an ethernet "switch" (which is like a router, but not quite) to expand one of the existing ports. (OTOH, if you currently have ONE computer plugged directly into a cable or DSL connection, you probably need a router to do the "address translation" from the one address your service provides you to the two hosts (computer, plus the xbox.) I think there are several instructables on using an existing computer as the network interface for an xbox; you might try that first (most appear to use the ethernet port of a laptop to connect to an existing wireless network, though.)
Farewell88s (author)  westfw7 years ago
well, i knew about just using the spare ethernet port, but my mom doesn't want a wire running halfway through our house and into the basement. So, i thought if I got another modem, it would work because there is another dsl cable in my basement(where my 360 is) and then i run the ethernet cord from that modem to the 360.
DSL cable? I think you mean ethernet. Try plugging that into the xbox
Farewell88s (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
No, its a DSL cable.
wtf is a dsl cable? Pic?
A DSL cable is a cable that brings DSL signals into your house. It probably looks like telco wire (cat3), but more importantly the far end is probably outside in a telco box rather than somewhere useful to making a network internal to your house. Unless you're paying for two DSL connections, I'd expect the other end not to even be connected to anything (though it still probably ends outside somewhere.)

There's a slim chance that the cable goes from your basement up to where your current DSL cable terminates, and could be re-purposed to some other technology (like ethernet.)

This is why wireless is so popular. You haven't yet said whether you have wireless already in the house (and just the xbox adapter is an expense issue), or whether you'd have to install both ends of a wireless network. Other possible technology is Power-line Ethernet, which transmits ethernet signals over your house wiring. May work better than wireless if a basement is involved, but you're still looking at about $100 to implement both ends.
Ours just gets plugged into a phone outlet :P Still need to get filters...
Farewell88s (author)  LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Thats what i mean! its like in the wall and there is the "cable" coming out of it that i call a DSL cable because this is how the one modem I have is connected> (The cable from the wall, or"phone cable/DSL cable" goes to the modem then an ethernet cable goes from the modem goes to my desktop pc(or Xbox 360 in this case))
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