FRITZ!Box For Beginners – No.1, 2020
As households – and businesses – began to take more and more computers and, increasingly, other devices onto the Internet, routers were born. These allowed more than one device at a time to go online. You could connect your computer, or other Internet-capable device, to the router using an Ethernet cable or later through Wi-Fi – a wireless means of connecting to the router that required no cables, making it ideal for mobile devices.
The next step was obvious. If most people who use a modem also use a router, why not combine the two and make a router that also includes a built-in modem? They were far more convenient, required only one power point and cut down on unnecessary cabling.
The next major breakthrough was broadband modems. These ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) devices made better use of the phone lines, providing a massive increase in speed. Most broadband routers, such as the FRITZ!Box 7590 and FRITZ!Box 7530, are ADSL routers.