No, it’s a combo modem/router device.
To make it simple, most service providers combine a modem and a Wi-Fi router into a single box and call it a gateway.
The most popular gateway is the Comcast XB3, which has recently been renamed to Xfinity xFi Wireless Gateway.
Is it better to have a separate router and modem?
By having a separate router, you leave “less” to the ISP and more control to yourself. Now because you have more control over your modem / router combination units, or you can simply get a stronger and more advanced model. You can end up with better wireless performance for your entire home.
What is the best modem router combo?
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Motorola AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router and Modem.
- Runner-Up, Best Overall: Motorola MG7700.
- Best for High Internet Speeds: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 (24×8) Wi-Fi (C7000)
- Best Value: Netgear N300 Wi-Fi DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem Router (C3000)
- Best for DSL: Motorola MD1600.
Why do you need a router if you have a modem?
Without a modem your router will only allow you to connect to a LAN (local area network). The modem is your connection to the Internet. Well, a modem just connects to your isp so that you can connect to the internet. Something that is just a modem will likely only have a port for the phoneline and an ethernet port.
Does my router need to be connected to my modem?
In order for devices on the network to connect to the Internet, the router must be connected to a modem. Therefore, most routers have a specific Ethernet port that is designed to connect to the Ethernet port of a cable or DSL modem. A modem is a device that provides access to the Internet (see below).