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Definition: wired router


A network device that forwards data packets from one network to another. A wired router, or "wired services router," is primarily used in a home or small office that has a separate Wi-Fi access point (AP). It is essentially a "wireless router without the wireless" but also tends to have more management functions as found in an enterprise-class router. See enterprise router, router and wireless router.




Small Wired Router
This D-Link DSR-250 has more management features than the typical wireless router. The port on the right (white cable) goes to the modem, and the rest are Ethernet ports for computers and printers. In this example, one of the blue cables goes to an Ethernet switch with 16 ports that is crammed full.