Help me buy a modem or router or whatever this is.

Seels

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I don't know why I didn't do this years ago.
Basically, my internet provider just increased what they charge, but specifically put it to the charge of the router, for whatever reason. So this shitty little router I have they're charging me $12 a month for, up from $9 just last month. I've rented this same thing for years, and it works well enough, but it just blows my mind they can increase the rental cost for a fixed price.

So, I need something so that I don't have to rent. I have no idea bout modems and routers. This is a 2 in 1, so I'd guess I need that.

Here's what I have: https://www.ebay.com/i/193646348907?chn=ps&mkevt=1&mkcid=28

Any suggestions appreciated. I'm not concerned about price, though just looking for something to get the job done. Actually, should I just get the same thing and give this back to them? Or has router/modem technology noticeably improved in the last few years?
 

Cellar-Door

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I don't know why I didn't do this years ago.
Basically, my internet provider just increased what they charge, but specifically put it to the charge of the router, for whatever reason. So this shitty little router I have they're charging me $12 a month for, up from $9 just last month. I've rented this same thing for years, and it works well enough, but it just blows my mind they can increase the rental cost for a fixed price.

So, I need something so that I don't have to rent. I have no idea bout modems and routers. This is a 2 in 1, so I'd guess I need that.

Here's what I have: https://www.ebay.com/i/193646348907?chn=ps&mkevt=1&mkcid=28

Any suggestions appreciated. I'm not concerned about price, though just looking for something to get the job done. Actually, should I just get the same thing and give this back to them? Or has router/modem technology noticeably improved in the last few years?
I'm assuming this is cable?

Personally I'd buy a separate modem and router...
What you need probably depends a bit on your provider and what service you have (30, 300, 600 1000mbps?)
The Netgear CM600 is good for a modem for up to 600mbps, it's like $75 I think I paid for it?
For Routers, I have a Netgear Nighthawk I like, they have a few models depending on how much space you need covered.
 

Couperin47

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Separate units = a cable to Ethernet interface (just cable in and 1 Ethernet out) + a wifi router that offers at least 4 (usually) Ethernet ports plus handles your wifi.
Separate usually offers options of a better faster modem and always offers a better router with a better interface and more options. Always the better choice. You need to check on what is compatible with your provider but something like an Arris/Motorola SB 6183 is future proof for almost any tier of cable below 1 Gbit service. Last week I picked one up, open box but new from a guy on Ebay for a whopping $26 shipped....

as for the router, depending on the area you need to cover for wifi, you have the options of lots of standard routers, or if you need to cover multistory or very large areas, a mesh system is usually the way to go these days...
 
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cgori

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Separate is definitely more flexibility. The router/wifi part is more likely to need upgrading than the cable modem part.

You need to check with your specific ISP to see what is listed as compatible for the modem. There are basically no compatibility issues for routers, at least not with your ISP, so you have ~unlimited choice there based on your house size, the features you need (parental controls, guest networks, whatever), and so forth.

That CM600 is good, I have a CM500 that's 3 years old, use it for comcast ~150mbit service and it just trucks along without issue.
 

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It isn’t cheap but I adore my AMPLIFI Alien and it alone covers my 2300 sq foot house + detached garage and all.
 

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You need to check on what is compatible with your provider but something like an Arris/Motorola SB 6183 is future proof for almost any tier of cable below 1 Gbit service.
RCN requires 24 downstream channels for DOCSIS 3.0 modems around here now. The Arris/Motorola SB6183 only has 16 downstream channels. There were a ton of customers who RCN told to upgrade their modem when they made that switch.
 

Couperin47

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RCN requires 24 downstream channels for DOCSIS 3.0 modems around here now. The Arris/Motorola SB6183 only has 16 downstream channels. There were a ton of customers who RCN told to upgrade their modem when they made that switch.
RCN is not different from any of the other majors. An SB 6183 will work perfectly well with their services... up to 650 Mbps, which is what it's rated for. As I said, a modem that requires greater than 16x4 channels is only necessary if you select 1 Gig service, which is a) only available in selected areas from any provider, and b) often is only available via fiber, which of course, isn't really 'cable'. In any event the OP I believe is in NH where RCN has no presence whatever.