A pre-configured cable modem router can be a good option because there is little to do upon receiving the modem but plug it in and set up the network. On the other hand, if you like installing your own devices and are comfortable configuring hardware and software, purchasing your own cable modem router is a nice way to go. You can get the model you want and you don’t have to worry about returning it. Manufacturers typically list compatible, major Internet service companies that will work with their devices. Prices vary but generally cost $35-$75 US Dollars.
As with any purchase price will always be a determining factor. When it comes to a cable modem router do not make the mistake of thinking more expensive means better.
There are several brands of cable modem routers available, Net Gear, Link Sys and Motorola are all when it comes to modems and routers. Here is a brief look at a few different cable routers.
A less expensive and far easier solution is to get a wireless cable modem router. Once configured, the device can be disconnected from all computers and placed in a central location. Internet access and network traffic is broadcast for any computer within range to receive using a wireless . The drawback here is that radio broadcasts deliver slower speeds than Ethernet cable, and the network is open to snooping if not encrypted. Luckily it is a small matter to set options in the configuration tables.
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