Looking for a router

I'm with Xfinity and renting an Arris TG1682G. I am unable to install a open vpn so am looking for a router. I have my phone attached and the wifi works fine.
I am reading on different routers and am getting confused and wonder if anyone can point me to a good home router that is comparable and will allow an open vpn to be installed.

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Clarify a house phone.

Just to clarify that is a house phone attached to the router. I'm not looking for a fancy router as I'm a senior and not into gaming and interested more in security for laptops and our two androids phones. Many thanks for any info on what to look for.

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If VPN is all you want.

Why not install your choice of VPN on the phone and laptops?

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Speed issue

Thanks, I have signed up for highly rated vpn and have installed in all laptops and phones. Phones work fine but experiencing a speed issue with three laptops and a tower. With a download rate w/o vpn of approx 25 M and with vpn approx 2.5 M. I have always wanted to replace the router due to the $10 per month and thought this would be the time and see if the speed would improve. The router also seems to simplify things and booting up laptops seems to take a lot longer to get on-line and for the vpn to set up. There seems to be a lot of good routers out there instead of having a blocked one from Xfinity.

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VPN is often slower.

There are rare cases when it's faster. Moving the VPN into a router only creates new issues. I've made service calls on such and the owner is p_ss_d about the speed and think it's the router or their ISP. Nope. We carry in our factory condition router and it's all good again. You leave them with story and send them to the VPN support. VPN is such a mess that we won't support such. VPN means you get support from that VPN company.

Again, I expect VPN to drop speed. It has to since your computer or router has to not only encrypt/decrypt but the Internet path to the place you are connecting to isn't the shortest or fastest path.

Next we have that 10 buck a month charge. The Arris TG1682G is providing phone service so the only way to replace it is to buy your own. finds it for over 300 and that's 30 months of rental before you break even. And then if it breaks you get to fix it.

The 10 a month is actually a bargain.

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