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Hey everybody,

So, I am moving to a condo, and I am in need of a router and I believe modem! I am getting charter internet (30 meg connection) and I was just curious on any opinions for a router/modem?

I figure there is no point in renting the modem from charter when I can just purchase my own, but I would not know which brand to go with and when it comes to routers I would always buy the Linksys router, but apparently that isn't the best option.

All I am trying to do is get a router that allows me to and two other people to connect to it, and I am the main user and all I mainly do besides school work is pc games and Netflix/hulu.

If anyone has any suggestions to a combo/ one or the other I am all ears! I would like to keep the router under 100 ad I don't know how much a modem costs but id like to keep the price down if possible!

Thank you !
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Yes you're right, renting a modem from ISP is for the brain dead who can't be bothered to select one on their own. I just got whatever the cheapest DOCSIS 3.0 modem you can get ahold of that doesn't have a ton of negative reviews. Can get a good performer for around $50 or you can pay the price premium and get a Motorola Surfboard, but everyone wants one of those so they're up there in price. The name just sounds so kewl. I'm rocking a Netgear something or other.

For router it depends on your budget, best bottom budget would be an old WRT54G, GS or GL with DD-WRT on it. You can get a 2MB flash model on ebay for about $12-15, 4MB flash, $15-20, 8MB flash(jumbo build) WRT54GS go for $20-25+ but that'll only get you wireless G. Stepping up, you could get a Linksys E2500 with Tomato firmware on it and have dual band N wireless for about $35-40, or you could get all crazy and drop $150 on an ASUS RT-N66U Dark Knight with whatever firmware that probably doesn't even work yet lol besides stock. thumb.gif
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Here is the Motorola Surfboard that WOD35 was talking about. It is usually considered to be the best cable modem.

As for the router, I use a refurbished Linksys E3200. It offers dual band 300mbps (+300mpbs on the second band) wireless N, gigabit ethernet ports, and a USB port that can hook up an external hard drive for network storage. Linksys's firmware is pretty robust and despite being a DD-WRT user on many other routers I have owned, I opted to leave the stock firmware on this. It can be had for $60 or less. WOD35's suggestion to use aftermarket firmware on a cheap router is a valid one. I typically recommend the Rosewill RNX N150.
Edited by Jeff78 - 8/27/13 at 7:20pm
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E3200 is a good router too, I was just using E2500 as an example. If the you're going to being connecting things through LAN then the gigabit ports on the E3200 would be the way to go, but like anything it depends on the deal that you can find. E3200 aren't as easy to get good deals on. I was guessing some college kids in a condo where likely no wires will be ran so most things would be wireless.
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Well thanks for the information I guess my only question would be there isn't much of a point in getting a really good modem if I get a meh router right? I figured I'd get a basic modem and the nicer Asus router? Or the newer link sys router. As long as they work well is all I care lol
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Better to get a bomb modem and a meh router. That way you get the most from your internet connection.
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Well that works have to see what I can do and find a deal on
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