11-14-2011 07:06 PM
Been thinking of switching from ATT to Comcast for over a month now.
I would like to have wireless internet(since I have a laptop),so..
Should I purchase a wireless cable modem
or..can I get use any Comcast approved modem..and than for wifi,I would need a router..yes?
I should mention that my laptop is the only computer in the house..which is I do not currently have a router
I'm kind of confused about this..so I want to make sure before I purchase any hardware.
11-14-2011 08:02 PM - edited 11-14-2011 08:03 PM
By popular choice, most prefer a separate modem & router. You can purchase your own modem & wireless router.
For modems, please review Comcast's approved modem list: http://mydeviceinfo.comcast.net/
11-15-2011 09:11 AM - edited 11-15-2011 09:24 AM
But it has to be a wireless router...correct?
Yes of course if you desire that capability. A wireless router will still have some wired/ethernet ports available (typically 3-4) if you desire some wired connections as well.
You mentioned a Linksys WCG200. First, my advice is to avoid those all in one gateway devices and always go with a stand alone router and separate a modem. Second, that device is an older model and it has been classified as being "end of life" as of 3/09 on their Approved Modems List.
11-15-2011 04:39 PM - edited 11-15-2011 05:10 PM
I agree with EG about gateway devices. Too many inherent issues. As for wireless routers, there are quite a few newer wireless routers. Recommendations for wireless router will be opinion based.
Brands like Linksys/Cisco, D-Link & Netgear will have what you want.
11-15-2011 06:34 PM
For a router,I am probably going with either;
Netgear WNR1000 or
for a modem,I am thinking of going with one of these;
I'd appreciate any thoughts...
11-15-2011 08:37 PM - edited 11-15-2011 08:38 PM
I'm assuming you are trying to keep a budget on gear purchases from your choices you presented.
Either router will be adequate; however, the WRT310N is known to have issues.
Modems: stay away from the DCM202 & TJ716x.
As for the Motorolas; if you can find one to purchase not on an auction site, they would work. An SB5101 would be the best choice. FYI: modems via places like Ebay can be stolen or hacked.
If I'm wrong about a budget, consider a newer DOCSIS 3.0 capable modem. The other modems you mentioned will limit your HSI Tier choices
Consider modems such as the Motorola SB6120 or Zoom 5341j
Check Amazon for some good deals.
11-16-2011 07:05 AM
HSI.....High Speed Internet
Speed tiers vary in speed ( and price......!)....from bottom-rung ~3Mbps to Extreme 105 (assuming Comcast is your ISP......)......
Have had very good luck running Extreme 50/10 here - modem is a Motorola SB6120....
11-16-2011 05:26 PM
The router is basic, but would work. Keep in mind that it is a "G" router. If you have any newer PC or laptop that is "N" capable, it will bump down to use "G" and will not get its full potential transfer rate.
To understand G & N protocols, here is the Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11
It's a lot to take in, but happy reading!
11-17-2011 02:34 PM
11-17-2011 05:55 PM - edited 11-17-2011 06:19 PM
The easiest way to find out if an "N" wireless adapter is available for your laptop, is to search upgrades on the manufacturer's website. Once you have identified you can replace it & you know which one you need, you can shop around on Ebay or vendor sites. Swapping it is usually simple. Access to the card is normally under the laptop behind a removable panel.
11-17-2011 06:58 PM
How do I swap out the Wireless adapter to get the wireless N speed ?
If you have a laptop, go into device manager and disable the Broadcom WLAN adapter.
Procure a Wireless N USB adapter that you can plug in to one of the USB Ports.
If you have a desktop with an Integrated Wireless Adapter then the process is similar to that of the Laptop with the exception that you would then have a choice of a USB adapter or a PCI plugin adapter.
11-17-2011 07:50 PM - edited 11-17-2011 07:54 PM
Yes,I realize that G devices will work with it..but to achieve N speeds,than it will require the adapter(or some other method),right?
And I would indeed feel better using the adapter,rather than swapping.Something about taking a screwdriver to my laptop and tinkering with its guts,makes me just a little uneasy
What I will probably do is go with a Motorola SB6121 modem and a WNR1000 router,and than once I see what speeds I get,decide whether or not I want to upgrade to N.
Thanks for all the advice guys.I appreciate it.
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