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I was planning on upgrading the networking in my house along with my first build and need some help. I already know which cable modem I'm getting (Motorola Surfboard Gateway) which means I won't need a separate router unless getting them separate can offer me better performance. My first question is if I should get the modem and router separate or a gateway. While I was looking around, I found power line networking. Most of them could only go up to 200mbs but I saw two Netgear power line adapters could go up to 500mbs. I was thinking about running power line through the house for my first build since there's a hype saying it runs as fast as a wired connection. I was wondering if I should get power line for the house. I'll eventually have more questions as my life goes on but for now, this is all I have. Thanks!
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are you planning on running any lan servers or is this just for internet connection only?
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Internet only. Servers...I wish.
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If you just want your computers hooked up to the internet, then getting anything above your current wireless router would not benefit you any. I don't think your comcast connection will hit 54 Mbit/s. a 200Mbit/s router would be great for wlan networks at home where you plan on transferring files between computers or streaming media.
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I don't use Comcast sadly. I believe Steam uses internet services so will 200mbs be enough?
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lol I don't even know why I assumed comcast. I guess it's just that they are so pervasive here in MD. Well, I don't know of any cheap commercially available internet connections that even reach those speeds. You will be fine with the standard modem you have been provided. Steam can only download at the speed your ISP is capable of.
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What speed package do you pay for from your ISP?

If it's above 12-15 mbps you may benefit from an N device, otherwise not really.
Keep in mind you would have to upgrade the NIC's to N as well or use power line (or run a cable through the house)
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For a home, I would just go with a complete 802.11n network. Powerline networks can sometimes not work depending on how your house is setup. Also, Im not sure on what your modem can do, but I would just use it as a modem and disable any routing features on it and buy a decent $50 802.11n dedicated router instead.

Also, rent your modem. I cant count how many times our modem and other peoples modems have died.

If you need wireless adapters, the one I use works perfect and is an N adapter.

Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN722N 802.11n (less than $20 on newegg)
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I don't know what my parents paid for. I do know though that the whole household uses wireless g .
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www.speedtest.net

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