Routers: What do they do

  Cesar 09:42 28 Dec 2005

I have no knowledge of the above can anyone inform me what they do and how to use them?
Many thanks in advance.

  VoG II 09:52 28 Dec 2005

Does click here help?

  mgmcc 09:54 28 Dec 2005

Routers are used to connect multiple computers to a single broadband internet connection. The router connects directly to the ISP and "routes" the internet traffic to the appropriate computer(s) in the Local Area Network.

Because an ISP only allocates one IP address, only one computer can connect to it. By using a router, *it* gets the one IP address and allocates IP addresses to the networked computers using one of the ranges reserved for use with Local Area Networks, most commonly a 192.168.x.x subnet.

  Forum Editor 09:56 28 Dec 2005

for data packets. The internet runs on them, as do corporate and home networks.

Put simply, they receive data traffic and send it on to various other locations.

  Cesar 10:06 28 Dec 2005

Thank you all for your speedy replies.

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