Can anyone buy a modem router? Absolutely yes, but it’s way easier if your network provider comes in and finds most of the connections in place. Starting from the scratch may cost you some extra $$$ on installation charges. To wire or to go wireless, this is equally important in the initial stages of purchasing and installing a modem router.
Consider the type of devices you’re dealing with and how to fit they are to operate with either wired or wireless connections. In some rare and inevitable instances, one may opt to have both types of connection features in place.
Choosing a modem router combo
Decide if a modem/router combo is what you want
Looking at the various options we discussed, you can decide to buy a modem and separate router or a combination of both. Each option has its benefits and downside. If you’re a flexible fellow, then a combo will certainly limit your flexibility, again if the movement isn’t an issue for you and you just want unlimited access to the internet all the time then a modem/router combination is the best.
Does the modem router work with your cable provider?
As you shop around, you’ll notice that almost every modem router is designed to work with any cable provider. Although this feature is an efficient one it need not blind you, a few exceptions of the same are still available in the market. One good example is the Motorola Surfboard SB6141 works with all major providers except AT&TU-Verse and Verizon FiOS. A good way to avoid these disappointments is to first check with your cable provider for a list of supported modems.
Is the modem router fast enough?
Fast internet speeds are the major reason why people look to modem routers as opposed to other internet options. The term DOCSIS refers to the standard used by most cable companies to send information across different wires. Docsis works with three varying iterations 1.×, 2.× and 3.×. A modem with Docsis 3.×. or higher has the best performance again a mid-range modem with DOCSIS 3.0 will deliver download speeds of up to 340Mbps and upload speeds of up to 130Mbps meanwhile, higher end modem routers offer higher download speeds.
A thing to remember though is that no matter how fast your modem router is, it will not change your subscription speeds. If you subscribe for a 100Mbps from your provider and your modem speeds are 340Mbps, you will still enjoy a 100Mbps internet connection.
How fast is the Ethernet port?
Ethernet ports work with separate modem/router factions. It doesn’t matter how fast your subscription plan or modem router is, if your Ethernet port is slow it will affect the rest of the connection and slacken its performance. Let’s retrace the path any wired internet connection takes.