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Discussion in 'Networking' started by jmk909er, Apr 18, 2011.

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  1. jmk909er

    jmk909er Thread Starter

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    I hope I am in the right forum...I am going to switch from DSL to cable and want to buy my own equipment.

    Can I get some recommendations on a wireless cable modem?

    I will be running 15 Mbps on Cox Cable in San Diego.

    Thanks, Joe
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    Buy a modem that is compatible with the Cox service. Then buy a wireless router that meets your needs. I don't recommend any kind of "all-in-one" solution.
     
  3. jmk909er

    jmk909er Thread Starter

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    The all in one is what they recommend, is this not a good idea?
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    I wouldn't do it. I prefer to have the modem and router separate so I get the router I want with the features I want. I'm not even aware of any combo cable modems/wireless routers. You'll really limit your selection.

    If you're buying the equipment, why did they recommend anything? Are they going to charge you for support? Did they give you a list of supported models? They need to provide that for any type of device. Cable companies have lists of modems they support. I've never heard of a cable company suggesting a combo unit.
     
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    I think that the Motorola Surfboard cable modems are good, but I can't really compare them to any others.

    I also prefer having separate modem and router. For the same capabilities I guess a combination unit should be less expensive initially, but not sure about in the long run.
     
  6. valis

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    I would also check to make sure that your cable company doesn't provide the cable modem itself. Most of those are proprietary; I know with Comcast I didn't have the option of purchasing a cable modem, but after that it's my network again.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Many cable companies want you to rent a (often inferior) modem from them, but you can usually insist on using your own and make sure they discontinue charging you each month. My daughters in Chicago and near Decatur, IL use their own modems with Comcast.
     
  8. valis

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    hmm......we weren't given the option........but then again, we are not charged for the modem; it's provided, and I'm running about 8k d/l speed on all pc's in the network, so I'm not griping. :)
     
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