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    Question Looking for a Cable Modem/Router

    I'm moving to a new house and I'm going to get High speed Cable Internet. Before I move in I'll be wiring the house with at least 2 Cat5 connections in each room.

    Does anybody know of an all in one Cable Modem/Router or do I need to buy 2 pieces of equipment?

    Also Do you have any favorites for modems or routers? I like the Linksys routers with the built-in printer port but the oruter is going in a closet downstairs so it might not get used....

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    I believe there are routers out there with built in cable modems. I have the Linksys router which you just plug the cable modem provided by my ISP into the router and thats it. (Two things, router and modem.) I also suggest having them seperate because like me, I had a power surge come down the cable line, fry my cable modem but it didn't touch the router. If the router and cable would have been one unit them I would have been screwed. Hope this helps!

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    yeah I guess I might as well get 2 diferent devices. I was just hoping to get some kind of universal router. Something that plugs into Cable or Ethernet with built-in router.

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    Another reason for having them seperate is you usually get the cable/dsl modem from your provider, while you have to get the router yourself. It is also worth noting that _some_ ISPs prohibit using more than one computer behind the connection.

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    I'm pretty happy with my Terayon TJ110, over 8000 kbps down/ 900 up, but it depends a lot on your provider. Be sure to get a model supported by your provider, for firmware flashes and such. You may have found this already but the forums at DSLReports are a great resource.

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    I would go with cat 5e, cat6 cat7 or even cat8 if you can find it...it is much higher quality cable...also throw in 2 fiber lines and 2 coax lines...you know you'll want those down the road.

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    The only modem/router i have seen and am currently using is a ZyXel Prestige, cant remember the model number. I work for a cable modem provider and we got a few of these in and i got to take one and try it out. So far it works great BUT i have no idea about the price.
    Most providers will rent you a cable modem for around $9 a month, this is usally the best way to go because if something happens to it they will come out and replace it. I also like the Linksys 4Port router, very popular and I have seen these for as low as $80 after mail in rebates.

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    The Linksys units kick ***. If I were you, I would spend the extra money and get the Linksys router/hub/printserver with built in 802.11b. About $100 more than the standard router, but well worth it.

    As far as the modem goes, just use whatever the cable company supplies. That way, it is their responsibility if something goes wrong.
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    If you decide to go with seperate units, and can hang on a bit (early 2002), Linksys will also be incorporating QoS into the above-mentioned unit.

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    Originally posted by Alives:
    <STRONG>I would go with cat 5e, cat6 cat7 or even cat8 if you can find it...it is much higher quality cable...also throw in 2 fiber lines and 2 coax lines...you know you'll want those down the road.</STRONG>
    That woould be way cool but I think it would cost me an arm and a leg to run Fiber optics in the house!

    I've decided that separate devices is better. Plus I wasn't able to find an all in on unit.

    Aaron and DOSforWho?, I'm going to take your advice and get the Linksys 4Port router with built-in 802.11b. I was just going to add wireless on later but that sonds like a better plan.

    I tell ya guys I'm excited! In about an hour I'm going to go over to the house with a Contractor/Friend to decide where we want to put everything!


    I was thinking it would be better to buy the Cable Modem because the Internet access would be $10 cheaper and it would pay for itself in about a year. Am I still wrong on this one??

    Thanks for all your help guys!

    Trav

    [ 12-26-2001: Message edited by: Falcon62Travis ]
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