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Hello everyone,

I'm making the move to a new internet/phone provider. The provider StandardBroadband, has advised me to buy a Cisco/Linksys wireless router. The CSR claims that this brand works best with their MIMO & NV2 service.

This company doesn't expect you to use their routing hardware, and the only line coming into the house from the antenna outside has traveled through the modem attached to the dish, so it's just an ethernet cable.

I guess that I'm wondering if there's much merit to the CSR's advice. Do some signals work better with certain routers? Any advice or similar experience is very welcome.
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post #2 of 9
if its after the modem im sure any router will do.
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post #3 of 9
Linksys are good routers but any brand will do just fine. Thats just a marketing tool to help there partners out. Most likely that's what they use in there offices.
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Quoting their own site

"How does the equipment work?
The subscriber unit that is installed at your home runs via Power over Ethernet and only requires a single CAT5 (Ethernet) cable from inside your home to the outside antenna. The cable connects directly to your router and does not require any type of special modem. Our service does require clear Line-Of-Site to one of our broadcast towers."


I would say the answer is no. Use whatever router you feel like using.
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As stated, whichever router you like.
Ethernet is a standard.
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post #6 of 9
Use what ever you want.
As for the modem they are allowed to specify what they want as some they won't support on cable.
Although on DSL it shouldn't matter what type of modem you have.
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I suspect some $$ changed hands to secure that recommendation. Cisco can afford to outbid anyone to secure a product recommendation from an ISP.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucas Lamer View Post

I suspect some $$ changed hands to secure that recommendation. Cisco can afford to outbid anyone to secure a product recommendation from an ISP.

While possible, they probably just recommend it because it's well known, reliable and they are familiar with them.

Otherwise, customer buys a $12 router -> blames ISP.

I don't know why the ISP is telling you that certain routers work better with their MIMO and NV2, as those are standards that are based on the router, not the service level you buy.

You can buy any router you want, Linksys is generally good quality. Netgear, D-Link and TP-Link all also make fine equipment for home-use.
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Quote:
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Otherwise, customer buys a $12 router -> blames ISP.

This.
Alternatively "I bought this device 15 years ago, why is it slow with this service? Something is wrong with my ISP.."
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