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Old 05-13-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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I have an iMac and currently connect through ComCast's modem. I'm planning on getting my first smartphone (iPhone 5)soon and want to switch to a wireless modem/router so I can use my smartphone in the house, too.

I don't want to be suckered into something I don't need though, and I'm not knowledgable enough.

Should I get modem/router combo? If so, which one is good yet affordable?
Should I get them separately? Why and which ones?

Any advice anyone has in this area would be very appreciated. What should I look for or watch out for? Hopefully, this will be user friendly and maintenance free!
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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In the past I have installed a couple of routers and it was all very confusing and I had to get help from the mfg.
Recently I needed a new router and I was studying the lineup in Walmart and a kid about 17 came up and said I know something about routers and I can help you. He recommended NETGEAR. I bought one and that was the easiest thing to install I have seen. It basically was automatic. I would look at NETGEAR product line.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:04 PM
 
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Do not get a combo modem/router, keep them separate devices. As far as brand it doesn't really matter, take a look on Newegg or Amazon for routers in your price range and look at the reviews. If all you're doing is connecting a phone to it you don't need much as far as features go.

Netgear makes a good router, been using them for years.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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Do not get a combo modem/router, keep them separate devices. As far as brand it doesn't really matter, take a look on Newegg or Amazon for routers in your price range and look at the reviews. If all you're doing is connecting a phone to it you don't need much as far as features go.

Netgear makes a good router, been using them for years.
I agree with NHDave.

The only thing I want to add is that if you're currently renting a modem from Comcast (I think they charge $7/month), consider purchasing your own so you no longer have to pay the rental fee. The best modem is the Motorola SB6141 (about $90).

You'll still need a separate router.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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Good ol' WRT54G /w DD-WRT and a cheap gigabit switch IMO (if you need gigabit LAN)
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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Good ol' WRT54G /w DD-WRT and a cheap gigabit switch IMO (if you need gigabit LAN)
For the average non technical home user that does nothing but introduce more points of failure and excess equipment.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Do not get a combo modem/router, keep them separate devices. As far as brand it doesn't really matter, take a look on Newegg or Amazon for routers in your price range and look at the reviews. If all you're doing is connecting a phone to it you don't need much as far as features go.

Netgear makes a good router, been using them for years.
Yep.

I'm a fan of Netgear too, although D-Link makes a pretty good device. Make sure it is at least 802.11n (the new routers are 802.11AC).

if you plan on streaming to smart TV or TV Box such as Roku, AppleTV or Xbox, get a dual band router.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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I agree with NHDave.

The only thing I want to add is that if you're currently renting a modem from Comcast (I think they charge $7/month), consider purchasing your own so you no longer have to pay the rental fee. The best modem is the Motorola SB6141 (about $90).

You'll still need a separate router.
Been contemplating buying a Docsis 3 modem, that is likely the one I'm going with. Have a cm-100 Docsis 2 currently.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I agree with the others, don’t double the modem and the router. As you’re an Apple guy (like me) you might want to go with an AirPort. They’re more expensive (surprise!) but very reliable.

Routers are pretty standard, but I wouldn’t go with a really cheap one. You should also consider if you want other functionality, like hooking up a printer, or dual band etc.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Sector 001
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I have a motorola surfboard SB 6141 that works great. Docsys 3 with 8 channels, good logs and settings.

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SurfB...ds=cable+modem

Routers I have an old Linksys WRT150N that won't die and uses custom firmware dd-wrt. I'd upgrade but my stupid brother printer will only use wireless G anyways, does not support N, and I'm only using the slowest cheapest internet speed 3.5 megabits or so....
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