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I currently have a Internet plan of 100GB of data allowance per month. And we have had this Router or Modem what ever its called for several years.
It is a Motorola SBG900

It is a Modem connected to one main computer and sends Wi-Fi to the other two computers and my brother ipod, my ipod, my mums Ipad and my father Iphone 4.
I have a Iphone 3, and the WiFi or my iphone isn't stronge enough to recieve a connection to the interent.

Anyway, I have a Xbox 360 and PS3 as well that I very occasionally play.

So what Im sayng is......
I want to keep my existing Modem/Routuer thing the It is a Motorola SBG900 and add in one of these:

Netgear R6300 WiFi Router 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit
Or
Netgear D6300 WiFi Modem Router 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit
My questions are:
The clerk at the store told me I could disable the wireless on ym current Modem/Router, and use the new one for WiFi mainly. Als later in future route soem ethernet cables to me and my brother rooms for our devices.

Also my computer guy talked about hom our Modem/Router doesn't have enough bandwidth which my brother takes over the WiFi causing my computer to disconnect occassionally.
So will the new addiontal Router/Modem allow more devices to have a nice steady internet connection?

Also what is the differnce ebtween the two Modem/Routers? All I can see is there differnet colours, and one says modem router and costs more? Does it means its a ll-in-one Modem/Rputer and WiFi?

Sorry for sayign Mode/Routuer alot and for any speelinng mistakes.
post #2 of 8
http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/wirelessrouters/ultimate-performance/R6300.aspx#two
http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/wirelessrouters/ultimate-performance/R6300.aspx#two


R is the bigg daddy with more stuff in it,

As for adding a new router in, just put it AP mode and then connect it to the etherenet port on the surfbaord (quick and easy), or even better set it up as your main router, point its default GW toward the surfboard.

Also maybe to the stability, it "may" help with wirless clients but wouldnt do anything for wired clients
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Well, will there be a big difference in performance between the two becaue the gold one R6300 is a little cheaper and still would be a good enough choice
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@Tim
How is the computer that gets disconnected linked to the Motorola?
If wireless, then it could be a problem with dropped signal, which may be caused by another wifi using the same channel. Switching your Surfboard to use another channel should fix this.
If wired, then it may be the router rebooting, which is usually due to the router not able to cope with large bandwidth or it's simply going bad.
Instead of a new router, I'd look into what causes the problem first.

I'd stay away from modem/router combo units. Get a plain router. The more RAM, the better to deal with multiple users/connections.
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Well I believe its when I constatly download a few movies in a week which must kill our download limits which is annoying as my mother told me we have a 100GB of download usage on our current Internet and Phone Plan.
And the signal yes it does drop to the point where all devices are not loading anything from the internet, even Google.

I will stay out of modem combo units, I just wnat a new routuer with 4 or so, ethernet ports, one for the computer my parents use which is connected directly to the modem. and me and my brother will stick with wirless untill we can convice and figure out how to routoe cables to our rooms for Wired Connection.

And its something to do with our bandwidth like when my brother is playign a ngame online, and Im just on Youtube and the video is constatly buffering. Thats why a new router would most likely give us more power signal as now I am on 2 bars out of 5......and my brother in a room further away has 4-full bars connection ???????????
Yes my internet is extrememly dodgy and I hope its not to confusing or just absouleute non-sense to anyone that reads this.

Also the router was priced at $349 last year. and now its fairly cheap for really high-range stuff.
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But if your interent cant support it it dosnt matter how much signal youve got as your interenet speed will stay the same, routers interneal speed not external
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But if your interent cant support it it dosnt matter how much signal youve got as your interenet speed will stay the same, routers interneal speed not external

Well....all I believe is if my current modem with wireless in built can just give me enough signal to my computer and various iPods. If I got another router It should sned more stronger signals to achieve full conecction inside the house thus greater connection. Or, even just run a few cables to mine and my brothers room for wired connection smile.gif
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Wired would be the best, but very understandable if that can't happen.

Best case scenario, you grab yourself a newer modem, and a new router. I wouldn't spend that much on the router, unless you've got something that supports AC now. For "future-proofing", by the time you get devices with that, the router may go out by then, or better options for great prices might be out at that time. I would stick with an "N" router for now. And also keep in mind that 5Ghz is not as good as 2.4Ghz when going through solid objects/walls, so if you're trying to get maximum signal across the house, a dual-band won't help much.

As a side note, I'd look for something with external antennae as well.
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