|Actually, cable requires a modem too. |
The first question in this case should be, "Do you already have a modem, or do you need one?"
Most ISP's (in my experience) provide a modem, even if they charge the end user for it. Fortunately, my ISP doesn't, so if it breaks, they replace it at no charge to me. When I initially signed up with them after moving here I got a combo unit (combination Modem/Router/Access Point) but the wireless side of it starting to go bad (had to keep recycling the power) so I called them, got them to send me just a modem, and bought myself a good Linksys SOHO router.
If you already have a modem, I can recommend most anything by Linksys. You'll want a wireless capable one obviously as you have wireless only devices (iPhone, iPad). I would get something that is Wireless N and see if you can't get one with 1 Gig (1000 Mbps) LAN interfaces
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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.