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Best Docsis 3.0 USB 3.0 PoE modem-router in 2018 <=$300

Jul 24, 2018 9:01PM PDT

Mostly, I've got pretty simple network demands. I need a Docsis 3.0 cable modem (to replace the one Comcast charges me $10/mo for). I need Power over Ethernet (PoE), which is currently supplied by a little Trendnet switch I've got (but I'd like to simplify # of boxes); it powers a Ubiquiti range extender. I'd LOVE to have a USB 2.0 port to run a network printer, and I'd even more love to have a USB 3.0 port to hang network storage on. Oh yeah, and I'd like to serve 802.n and 802.ac network devices.
Reliably.
And, preferably, for less than $300.
Thoughts & recommendations?

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I have to disagree.
Jul 25, 2018 8:17AM PDT

That's not simple at all. For the printer I have been moving out old USB printers in favor of new WiFi printers that actually simplify the setup as there are less wires and not as many driver hell issues.

As to a PoE modem router, nice idea but didn't find any today.

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would be nice, though
Jul 25, 2018 11:52AM PDT

Thanks, R. Proffitt. I haven't found one of these, either--thus the query Grin
I wonder that there's not sufficient market for somebody to offer this product.

Oh, and though I agree w/you in principle, I've got a couple of WiFi printers that I've NEVER been able to reliably connect to any of my computers via WiFi and I almost never have any driver issues w/hard-wired serial connections (hoping that doesn't jinx me.)

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OK, if not WiFi (which works at so many sites now.)
Jul 25, 2018 11:56AM PDT

My brother and I both have offices and more exposure to such setups that I'll admit.

So if your WiFi printer is not connecting, use Ethernet. USB printer support has been in a word lame since it showed up (that is, the USB on routers...)

To me, serial is RS-232, RS-485 and so on. I write apps for setting up industrial controls (my real job.)

Post was last edited on July 25, 2018 11:56 AM PDT

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just a minor clarification
Jul 25, 2018 3:16PM PDT

I get it that you've had bad experiences w/USB, but that acronym does stand for Universal Serial Bus and my personal history with it has been quite positive.

And on the personal note you volunteered, I used to teach TCP/IP back in the day and I would still far, far prefer messing with a USB printer connection than any kind of wired 802. protocol system (most of which are not even offered on printers less than 15 years old). I still get shivers when remembering how to network HP Series 3's & 4's using their "simple" Ethernet controllers. Yikes!

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