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How to Identify a Wireless Router

Step by step instructions on how to identify a wireless router.

What to Do:

  • Antenna - Wireless routers often have some type of broadcast antenna. If the device doesn't have one, then it may be a wired router or a modem.
  • Number of ports - In most cases a router will have four or more ports on the back. If the device has three or fewer ports, it is likely a modem and not a wireless router.
  • Wi-Fi indicator light - Most wireless routers will have a Wi-Fi indicator light that blinks when it is broadcasting a signal.
  • Search for it online - You can try searching online for the brand name and model number of your device. The search results may indicate if the device is a wireless router or not.