Solved Can anyone recommend me a good router/modem combo?

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April 5, 2017 at 02:46:26
Specs: Windows 10, I5
I guess its a two part question...

1. Do you recommend the quality of modem/router combos

2. If so, which brand/model do you recommend? I want something with ethernet ports too for when I do light gaming and steaming HD videos. I currently have a motorola Modem that was the best at its time a few years ago and an ASUS router which is also rated the best at its time. I just figure it would be better to have one unit instead of both of them. Plus during gaming I sometimes get a 999 connection for a couple of seconds then it stops so I hope it related to the router


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April 6, 2017 at 06:55:26
but late at night like 2am I have a smooth connection.

The above points toward external (internet) congestion issues. Depending on where you live, 2 am would be a period of less use. During hours of peak use (say between 3 pm and midnight) you'll have more issues as congestion increases and causes more lag and latency.

I've only ever used two combo devices and I got rid of both after a while in favor of a separate modem and router. Luckily my ISP provides either. My last combo unit, the wireless died on it and since I had to replace the router portion of it anyway, I asked my provider for just a modem from them. I'm not a fan of combo devices, especially multi-function printers because typically, if the wrong portion of the unit breaks, nothing works. For example, if the modem portion of your combo unit breaks, no internet. If the print function of your multi-function printer stops working, no more copying or faxing either.

At least with separate devices, should one break, you only replace the one. I most definitely don't use equipment like that at work which is why my experience with it is limited. I suspect for most home consumers, unless their unit breaks, they won't have tried too many different ones.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



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April 5, 2017 at 06:58:21
Depends a little where you are... as some makes/models may not be available easily where you are?

However many seem to like Netgear and D-link, followed by Cisco-Linsys; Belkin come in a little behind... I suggest you avoid TP-link kit as quite a few bits of their assorted kit do seem to be problematic...

Get an al in one (modem/router combination) which has the usual standard 4 ether net ports included.

Keep your old Asus Router handy as it may allow some useful options re' extending wifi coverage anon...; should that become a requirement whenever.

In the UK I'd also be looking Thompson/Alcatel routers (all in one).


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April 5, 2017 at 08:28:53
Plus during gaming I sometimes get a 999 connection for a couple of seconds then it stops so I hope it related to the router

As an avid gamer and a networking professional I can tell you something you may not know. Wireless sucks for gaming! Due to its inherent susceptibility to lag and latency you don't get with wired, it will never perform as well as a wired connection.

If your gaming rig is connected to your LAN via wifi, plug it in with a network cable and disable the wireless network interface and see if your gaming experience doesn't improve.

Personally, I'd rate Linksys over D-Link myself but most opinions you'll get are going to be biased. I've had poor luck with D-Link. Years ago we tried using their wireless access points at my place of work and it seemed like I was replacing one or two a week. Maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but it was bad enough that when we ran out of spares I convinced the boss to go with something a little more robust. We swapped to Linksys devices and didn't have hardly any problems for years. A couple years back we upgraded to enterprise level equipment and did away with the Linksys devices.

Personally, I never cared for the combo unit's but each to his own.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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April 5, 2017 at 11:23:09
Yes I live in the USA and I use the wired ethernet ports for gaming and streaming with my bluray player and use wireless for my security cams, phone, and wifi thermostat. I even turn off most wireless devices while gaming but I still get the 999 connection interuption.

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April 5, 2017 at 13:51:04
When you say "999 interruption" I'm going to guess you're talking about ping time? If so be aware that a lot of things between you and your game server can affect that and there's really not much you can do about it. It could also be the server you're connecting to that's causing the interruption.

You should also be aware that streaming is rather bandwidth intense. Maybe next time you're gaming try killing the blueray player as well as the security cameras.

If you have QoS on your router you could also try giving maximum priority to your gaming and lower priority to everything else.

These are just troubleshooting steps I recommend. It's probably worth the time to try each one out. If after trying everything mentioned here and still no change and you go ahead and buy a different router, keep the bill of sale for that router. You may plug it in and find out the same thing is happening with the new router. If that ends up being the case, you could return the router and get your $$$ back. If that does end up being the case, it's out of your ability to do anything about it.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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April 5, 2017 at 14:15:17
Thanks again. Yes I try to cut off all wifi enabled devices while gaming. I get random connection interuptions during gaming but late at night like 2am I have a smooth connection. The reason I bought the top of the line modem and router at the time was to hopefully remedy these connection interuptions but they still existed. It doesn't happen for most games only my favorite Quake Live game. The main question was just about the router combo since no one hardly talks about them.

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April 6, 2017 at 06:55:26
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but late at night like 2am I have a smooth connection.

The above points toward external (internet) congestion issues. Depending on where you live, 2 am would be a period of less use. During hours of peak use (say between 3 pm and midnight) you'll have more issues as congestion increases and causes more lag and latency.

I've only ever used two combo devices and I got rid of both after a while in favor of a separate modem and router. Luckily my ISP provides either. My last combo unit, the wireless died on it and since I had to replace the router portion of it anyway, I asked my provider for just a modem from them. I'm not a fan of combo devices, especially multi-function printers because typically, if the wrong portion of the unit breaks, nothing works. For example, if the modem portion of your combo unit breaks, no internet. If the print function of your multi-function printer stops working, no more copying or faxing either.

At least with separate devices, should one break, you only replace the one. I most definitely don't use equipment like that at work which is why my experience with it is limited. I suspect for most home consumers, unless their unit breaks, they won't have tried too many different ones.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#7
April 6, 2017 at 08:55:38
I concur with Curt over better separate modem and router; but for many domestic users the out of the box all-in-one more or less ready to go is often easier and more convenient.

Multi-function printer/scanner/fax systems are again convenient; but for sure separate kits is much better. Both for the reasons Curt states, and also often better quality individual items - at least in terms of scanners, and printers.


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#8
April 6, 2017 at 09:08:52
I never in my life had an electronic device break on me I don't know why.

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#9
April 6, 2017 at 12:47:16
erm... did you ever switch them on... sorry couldn't resist it...

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#10
April 6, 2017 at 12:50:12
Yup used them until I wanted an upgrade and sold them off on Craigslist

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#11
April 6, 2017 at 13:00:30
I've had two mains adapters fail on one brand of router; and I have had (still have) about 6 routers of various ages/makes...

Professionally I have had a fair range of kit fail, broadcast, AV, and IT...; and of course a few domestic tv sets...


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