07-28-2012 03:46 PM
I am really confused right now about all of this. I was with AT&T for many man years and they conveniently sell a modem/wireless router all in one model and it works perfectly, always has. Therefore i am very shocked that apparently the modem i am going to lease for now from Comcast only has one ethernet port, what is up with that? Anyways, i do not want any of the routers that comcast recommends as they all seem to be garbage and or i can't just walk into any of my local stores and buy them. Therefore i figure i will just buy a Linksys router from Target, it needs multiple ethernet ports and wireless which they seem to have. Will i have a hard time getting this to play well with the Cable modem?
07-28-2012 04:34 PM
As long as you do NOT have the telephone modem from Comcast or any Comcastic software on your computer, any decent router should work just fine.
07-28-2012 09:34 PM
I am just getting internet from comcast, no phone service or tv. I honestly don't even know what modem it is, i have to wait till the installer comes. I am happy on one front, apparently the existing cable line is as dead as they come, so they have to replace everything, so i am happy about that.
07-29-2012 10:56 AM
Wouldn't matter whether you are using any particular cable modem with the exception of a wireless gateway, which is what you had with your dsl service. Any stand alone router will work fine. BTW, you were flat out lucky to have a good wireless gateway with your last service! I had dsl with AT&T for over 10 years, and their wireless gateways (2-Wire) were notoriously sketchy at best. At any rate, although Comcast does off wireless gateways, I recommend you absolutely stay away from them...they are not at all effective solutions, short range, extremely limited user settings.
I do recommend a middle-grade model or better for a router, really, brand is not a big deal...they all make decent models once you hit their middle-and-up models. I would opt for a dual band router with gigabit ports and IPv6 compatibility as features.
One thing that you might consider is gewtting your own cable modem, as it will save you $7 per month, and there are some good choices at decent prices. Particularly the most recommended modem would be the Zoom 5341J (specifically the "J" model) Docsis 3.0 modem, which you should be able to nab for $79 retail. Do not go for an ebay or used modem! Many of these are stolen or non-returned equipment and Comcast won't provision them. This is one time to buy retail.
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