Was the modern-day router inspired by this ancient Chinese artifact?
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Experts remain in the dark as to the function of this artifact unearthed in Tunxi, Anhui Province in 1959.  Standing 31cm high, it is a Bronze ware with moire and five columns from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046–771 BC).

Some experts think it was used as a musical instrument.  But the vice director of the Anhui Museum, Li Yizhi, dismissed online talk that it was an ancient router. “We can't take this seriously,” he said.