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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. Although it has eight Ethernet ports, only four are used in this office (for cable modem, switch, stand-alone AP and VoIP telephone system). The switch connects 14 computers and printers.