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I have this http://cgi.ebay.com/2WIRE-1800HG-GAT...-/390301221495 its probably say... 4 years old at that. Should I replace it by now? if so any suggestions?
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It depends on your needs. Is it doing what you need it to now? If so, I wouldn't worry about it.

I wouldn't replace equipment just because there's something newer, better, and faster out there...well, actually I might , but my basic thought is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If you do decide to replace it, I would recommend a basic DSL modem with a good router behind it. Something like


along with this:

I know the modem is just a cheap little thing, but we have about 15 locations with these, working with a Linksys router behind it, and they have proven to be very dependable and easy to work with. The rest of our locations have Netopia or 2Wire modem/routers, which aren't bad, but they're a pain to set up with another router.
Depending on who your ISP is, they might upgrade you for free if you call them. I know I've had to have several modem/routers replaced over the last few years, and AT&T has always been pretty good about it. Of course, we have a pretty big account with them at work, so that might help.


If you want to stick with an all-in-one modem/router, this one is pretty good,
. I say this only because it's the only combo unit I use at work, and it's only in one location, but I haven't had any problems with it.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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It depends on your needs. Is it doing what you need it to now? If so, I wouldn't worry about it.

I wouldn't replace equipment just because there's something newer, better, and faster out there...well, actually I might , but my basic thought is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

If you do decide to replace it, I would recommend a basic DSL modem with a good router behind it. Something like
http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-2210-...1634798&sr=8-4

along with this:
http://www.amazon.com/Netgear-Wirele...1634837&sr=1-1

I know the modem is just a cheap little thing, but we have about 15 locations with these, working with a Linksys router behind it, and they have proven to be very dependable and easy to work with. The rest of our locations have Netopia or 2Wire modem/routers, which aren't bad, but they're a pain to set up with another router.
Depending on who your ISP is, they might upgrade you for free if you call them. I know I've had to have several modem/routers replaced over the last few years, and AT&T has always been pretty good about it. Of course, we have a pretty big account with them at work, so that might help.


If you want to stick with an all-in-one modem/router, this one is pretty good,
http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-DGND33...1634659&sr=8-9. I say this only because it's the only combo unit I use at work, and it's only in one location, but I haven't had any problems with it.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
is there a difference having an all-in-one vs having a router and modem.

The one i have is a little in-stable at times, making me restart it and I need some good wireless capabilities. There are some places in my house that get really bad wireless signal (including my room at times) which can be annoying.
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is there a difference having an all-in-one vs having a router and modem.

The one i have is a little in-stable at times, making me restart it and I need some good wireless capabilities. There are some places in my house that get really bad wireless signal (including my room at times) which can be annoying.
It depends on how you want to set things up. At my work, we have 49 locations (restaurants) with various setups as far as ISP and type. Regardless of the equipment provided by our ISP, the "face" of our network starts at the router. I only know that the systems with the basic modems have proven to be the most dependable and easiest to work with, YMMV.

For a home network, I don't see any problem with a modem/router, although personal preference made me go with separate units. I don't know if there is any huge difference either way, but maybe someone else might have more input.

If you are having problems with your current equipment, then I would definitely look around. It's not like you haven't gotten your money's worth out of a 4 year old unit.

Before you go out and purchase something, I would check with your ISP and see if they'll offer you a free upgrade, then see what else you might need beyond that.

Another plus if you upgrade is you should see better speeds, more wireless range, and an overall more stable connection. How much benefit you see really depends on the speed of the computers you have on your network and whether they can take advantage of the upgraded router.

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Yeah this router/modem has last awhile, I mean It could be even older than that tbh might be the same router when we got our first family PC in 2005-2006 lmao! But for sure when I get back home from vacation I'm probably gonna call them up and see what they can do or just get another router/modem. I'm guessing either way they would be about the same price or close to it buying separate units or modem/router. Yea I just feel that our internet speed isn't what it should but idk.
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2wires are very notorious modems to work with. They don't work very well but are still being sold. I'd recommend a new modem. with a modem, you will need also a router or a modem/router combo. Due to the fact that most modems don't have DHCP capability to hand out more than 1 ip address ( some ISP do that, but some limit it to only 1 ip address)
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You don't need a stand alone modem - most of the routers you can get now will provide you with PPPoE configuration options
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