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Call up your isp and see if they support Docsis 3.0 and if so, buy the Motorola Surfboard Extreme modem (It's like $100 at Best Buy and newegg has it too). You may also want to look into a new router that supports wireless n and get a wireless n card for your computer assuming you want to do gaming because wireless g is horrible for online gaming. Also, your ISP is a total rip off. What Docsis 3.0 does is gives you 4 uplinks to your networks ISP line so that you get maximum speed and it won't fluctuate. If you do all of that your internet should be nice and never give you woes.

EDIT: Btw, I can't guarantee anything but I am paying for 12mbps and getting 30mbps.
Edited by flaviz - 4/24/11 at 6:28pm
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Call up your isp and see if they support Docsis 3.0 and if so, buy the Motorola Surfboard Extreme modem (It's like $100 at Best Buy and newegg has it too). You may also want to look into a new router that supports wireless n and get a wireless n card for your computer assuming you want to do gaming because wireless g is horrible for online gaming. Also, your ISP is a total rip off. What Docsis 3.0 does is gives you 4 uplinks to your networks ISP line so that you get maximum speed and it won't fluctuate. If you do all of that your internet should be nice and never give you woes.

EDIT: Btw, I can't guarantee anything but I am paying for 12mbps and getting 30mbps.
Wireless N will not provide him any benefit over wireless G, gaming or not.
Also, if he is on the 7 mbps package, a DOCSIS 3.0 modem would be a completely irrelevant purchase.

Please grasp on the basics of a logical approach before attempting to give advice. Also, the area you live in dictates what's available. Honestly, what can he do if every package locally is crap?

We're lucky to have 6m/768k for $39.99/mo in Blacksburg.
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Wireless N will not provide him any benefit over wireless G, gaming or not.
Also, if he is on the 7 mbps package, a DOCSIS 3.0 modem would be a completely irrelevant purchase.

Please grasp on the basics of a logical approach before attempting to give advice. Also, the area you live in dictates what's available. Honestly, what can he do if every package locally is crap?

We're lucky to have 6m/768k for $39.99/mo in Blacksburg.
Effectively, wireless N has double (sometimes more) the range of wireless G. Bigger range means better signal at the same distance. Better signal means a better online gaming experience... If you must know...
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Effectively, wireless N has double (sometimes more) the range of wireless G. Bigger range means better signal at the same distance. Better signal means a better online gaming experience... If you must know...
Unless he lives in a mansion this is a moot point. If the signal is already sufficient enough to make full use of the 7mbps speed where it is and how it is, spending another $100 on fancier equipment is a complete waste of money. My router is upstairs, my computer in the same room as the router has a comparable ping and transfer speeds as my computers on the lower level of my house.
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Effectively, wireless N has double (sometimes more) the range of wireless G. Bigger range means better signal at the same distance. Better signal means a better online gaming experience... If you must know...
Am an IT professional, but thanks for the basic rundown.

As stated, he really has nothing to gain by upgrading his LAN hardware for the simple 'internet connectivity' requirement.
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Sorry I haven't read the whole thread so my advice might be wrong. Have you considered PowerLine Homeplug. Converts any power socket into a network connection point. I had one of these for 2 years now. Haven't been more happy! Coz using wi-fi for playing games was a nighmare for me.

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Have to look for similar thing if you are from the US.
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Wow, some people just don't get it.

If you Internet connection is only 7mbps you WILL NOT have faster ANYTHING on the Internet - backups, gamging, web browsing by going with anything that is FASTER than 7mbps at your house.

It doesn't matter if you use a 100mbps cat 5 cable, 54mbps wireless G network, 10gig over copper, or any of the various fibre technologies.

INCREASING THE SPEED OF YOUR HOME NETWORK WILL NOT SPEED UP YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION
    
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Wow, some people just don't get it.

If you Internet connection is only 7mbps you WILL NOT have faster ANYTHING on the Internet - backups, gamging, web browsing by going with anything that is FASTER than 7mbps at your house.

It doesn't matter if you use a 100mbps cat 5 cable, 54mbps wireless G network, 10gig over copper, or any of the various fibre technologies.

INCREASING THE SPEED OF YOUR HOME NETWORK WILL NOT SPEED UP YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION
This. Anyways, I'll see what I can do about this. I'll try to get my parents to switch from metrocast and get comcast. Right now though, I'm thinking about getting powerline since I don't want to run cables everywhere and wi-fi is a huge hassle. If I can get Comcast instead, I'll ask you guys on which powerline I should get for performance.
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I don't think comcast can max out 802.11g either. Hell I game perfectly fine on 3mbps down 768kbps up dsl. You seem like you are just itching to spend money. You will be spending premium cost for negligible gains
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There's no Comcast in my area. I was looking for prices, typed in my location, and they said they couldn't match the address which means they don't have Comcast in my area. Ugh. Okay, well I think I'll just get a powerline for my first build. Any idea on which one I should get?
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