I’ve explained in the CyberGuy feature How to lower your Internet service bill that owning versus renting a modem can chip away at overpaying. In many cases, you have more control over your modem and privacy. Go check your bill from last month and if you see that you are paying a fee to rent your modem and/or router, it may be time to invest in your own to save money in the long run.
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For the best modem, check out the list below. The focus is on cable modems primarily because DSL is an older technology that is being phased out and fiber-optics is a newer technology that is not readily available in many locations.
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Modems connect to routers via ethernet cables. Most routers have an additional ethernet port for wired connection to your devices. Most routers have Wi-Fi capabilities so once your modem is connected to a Wi-Fi router, it allows your devices to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi.
Features to look for in a router:
2.4 GHz bands are great for connecting devices like smart bulbs and wireless appliances. Whereas devices like tablets and laptops fare better on a 5 GHz band. Having a router that has multiple devices helps to parcel out the network traffic by device types.
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While there are some modem-router combination devices, it is generally better to get them separately.
Usually, if a provider requires you to use their equipment to connect, they usually require the modem to be rented or purchased from them. They usually allow you to pick your own router. Some additional reasons why a separate router and modem is better than a combination device, include:
The only real downside to not purchasing a combination device is that sometimes you do have to pay for two separate devices. Again, you might save by getting a better price on those two separate purchases.
Of course, you’re encouraged to do your own research to find out exactly what providers are actually available in your area and what the company you select will allow.
Below are top reasons NOT to buy your own equipment:
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