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ALSO CALLED: Wireless LAN Routers, Intelligent Mobile Gateways, Wireless Gateways (Hardware), Wireless Local Area Network Routers
DEFINITION: A wireless router is a device in a wireless local area network (WLAN) that determines the next network point to which a packet should be forwarded toward its destination. A wireless router works in the same way as the router in a hard-wired home or business local area network (LAN), but allows greater mobility for notebook or portable computers. The individual computers are equipped with small wireless  … 
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WIRELESS ROUTERS DEFINITION (continued): …  transceivers that can be plugged into either a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port or a PC card slot.For home and business computer users who have high-speed Internet connections, a wireless router can also act as a hardware firewall. This is true even if the home or business has only one computer. Many engineers believe that the use of a router provides superior protection against hacking because individual computer IP addresses are not directly exposed to the Internet. A wireless router also does not consume computer resources as a firewall program does.Wireless router technology has improved in … 
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