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sgjunior
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Best modem-router

I currently own a Motorola Surfboard 900 modem-router combo.  Does anybody know if I can improve my connection speed by investing in a new modem-router?  

 

I'm currently at Performance tier.

 

Estimating capacity:
Upstream: 4246 Kbps.
Downstream: 9246 Kbps.

 

Checking for traffic shapers:

Upstream: Burst size: 4221-4293 KB; Shaping rate: 2109 Kbps.

Downstream: No shaper detected.
Median received rate: 8754 Kbps.

 

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EG
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Registered: ‎12-24-2003

Re: Best modem-router

If the "Performance Tier" is 8/2 in your area it looks like you are getting what you pay for.

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BruceW
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Re: Best modem-router


sgjunior wrote: I currently own a Motorola Surfboard 900 modem-router combo. ...

That device has been in "End of Life" status for nearly 3 years (see http://mydeviceinfo.comcast.net/device.php?devid=69). Time to consider an upgrade to something current.

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sgjunior
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Re: Best modem-router

Thanks.  How do I know what is available in my area.  When I search the Comcast site for what's available it looks like I am in a D3 area.

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BruceW
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Re: Best modem-router

The Motorola SB6120/SB6121 and the Zoom 5341J are D3 modems which are often recommended. 

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sgjunior
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Re: Best modem-router

Thanks again.  I'm purchasing one now.

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sgjunior
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Re: Best modem-router

You don't happen to have any sage advice on wireless routers, do you?

 

I live in an average-sized apartment and have four devices that can connect wirelessly:  

 

a ps3,

a 2011 macbook air,

an iPhone 4, and

a 2011 panasonic tv

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BruceW
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Re: Best modem-router

I don't, no, but networking expert Baric recommends the Linksys E3200, Netgear WNDR3700, Apple Airport Extreme/Time Capsule as good quality routers. See http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Home-Networking-and-Router-Help/Best-amp-and-easiest-to-use-Modem-Route...

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EG
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Registered: ‎12-24-2003

Re: Best modem-router

Here is an excellent site for all things router;

 

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/view

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sgjunior
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Re: Best modem-router

Thanks again.

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Baric
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Re: Best modem-router

Since you seem to be a Mac person, you might also consider the Apple Airport Extreme or Time Capsule models.  I use a 1TB Time Capsule here, works like a champ.  It also works just fine with Windows systems (my network is mixed Mac, Windows, PS3, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, HP network printer, Toshiba TV, etc).

 

The Netgear WNDR3700 is also getting a little long in the tooth, the WNDR4000 and 4500 are its successors.

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sgjunior
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Re: Best modem-router

Thanks, Baric.  I'll look into the Airport.

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philscom
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Re: Best modem-router

[ Edited ]

Comcast intially installed an older Motorola rental modem in my house.  I bought the Zoom 5341 (Bestbuy $80) and my download speed went from 9.5 mbp to around 24 mpbs.  Upload speeds nearly doubled to 3.8 mbps.

 

Huge improvement.

 

Also:  I upgraded my wireless modem to the Cisco E4200 v.2 (about $150 at MicroCenter).  It cooks!

My connections and download speeds are flying now.

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philscom
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Re: Best modem-router

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upload speed corrected previous.