06-27-2012 01:01 PM
I just had comcast installed today with an Ubee D3.0 rental modem. I have Comcast Performance. Right now it's giving me 25mbps but I need wifi which it doesn't have. I use to have Verizon and the modem they provided was also a wifi router, so I'm wondering is it better to
a) buy an all in one modem and router (which I can't seem to find online)
b) buy a wireless router
c) buy a new modem and wireless router
I want the best performance speeds so I'm wondering what will give me that. Is it possible to increase the mbps with a new modem?
Currently the modem is connected to the imac desktop (where I checked the download speeds = 25mbps), online gaming is used on this.
I also have an xbox 360 that streams netflix, a Toshiba Satalite L675D-S7052 laptop and a Toshiba Satalite L755-S7309 laptop. All are pretty close to where the router/modem like 3 to 10 feet away. A lot of the time people will probably be using the internet at the same times.
I figured that an all in one modem and router would work better but I don't know. If not and getting a seperate modem and router is fine than is my current modem okay or should I get a better one for my needs?
06-27-2012 01:08 PM
It is up to you on what you want. What might work for others might not work for you. I would not get a comcast gateway because there has been lots of reports of problems. Evently most of the customers
have to put the gateway in bridge mode and then use a separate wireless router and hook it up.
06-27-2012 01:34 PM - edited 06-27-2012 01:37 PM
All of these *all in one* gateway devices not just Comcast supplied ones are always a compromise in quality, performance, and user configurable features (due to the firmware that gets loaded in). They also make it more difficult to narrow things down to one device when it comes time for troubleshooting.
Get yourself a high quality router. The DOCSIS 3 capable modem should be fine. What is the exact model number of the Ubee ?
06-28-2012 12:13 AM
Way agree with EG, do NOT get an all-in-one gateway, they are bad news for many reasons.
Get a decent, high quality router and you should be good to go. Since you are an Apple user, consider the Airport Extreme or Time Capsule. Apple tends to be pricier than other vendors, but you get a level of quality others just can't match. I use a 1TB Time Capsule here, works great. But any decent router from the major manufacturers will work well also. The Linksys EA3500 and up are very nice, as are the Netgear WNDR4000 and up. I do recommend you stay far away from the el cheapo models from any manufacturer, you tend to get what you pay for in this area. The better routers will be faster and handle more users simultaneously then their poorer cousins (in general)
06-28-2012 02:01 PM - edited 06-28-2012 02:03 PM
That modem can bond a max of four downstream channels. If you want something that is even more *future proof* you could get a DOCSIS 3 modem that is capable of bonding up to eight downstream channels like the Zoom 5341 "J" (note the J) model.
More channels provide a bigger pipe for all who share the cable segment. This will help to insure that you (and all on the node) will get their subscribed to speeds even at times of peak usage. Be advised that this does not get you faster sustained speeds than what the modem is provisioned for, only that they could be more consistant and reliable. CC is or will be providing eight downstream channels in many if not most areas. I have eight here in northern, N.J.
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