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modem or router?

I am looking to sign up with my local provider for broadband service. They sell a modem with wireless for $99 with the service, In my opinion that should be included, (used to be that way), and so that annoys me. I would like to shop for my own modem and get a better deal.

The problem is I have no idea exactly what to get. I want to connect my desktop machine, then have wireless access through my laptop, I guess a basic home network, nothing fancy.

What is the difference between a modem and a router? Which one do I need? Hopefully not both? What are the criteria I should compare when buying one or the other? I would also love some kind of internet access 101 tutorial, I have not found that through CNET though I remember some tutorial or buying guides on other products at some point.


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Here the wifi router is free IF...

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You sign up for a year or more. These deals vary.

99 bucks is not a rip off. I see that price on the shelf here.

What is the difference between a modem and a router?

The modem gets the signal to some ethernet in the case of broadband. That's good enough for a single machine. Today people want more machine connections so routers were brought into the mix. At first we would add a WAP (see google) to add WIFI but now you can get all the parts in one nice little package.


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Agree with Bob. . .

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99 bucks is a good price for a modem/router combo, especially with wireless. As a comparison, a cable modem by itself will be about 80 bucks, and a wireless router by itself is around a hundred. You can go up from there, with a high-end Gigabit with wireless N is around two hundred bucks and it's not a modem.

Tell us who your provider will be and maybe we can be more specific.

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In reply to: Agree with Bob. . .

Ok thanks for the input. I see what you mean by the modem router combo, to buy them separately would be at least $99.

My main concern now though, having talked to a couple people, is speed v. cost. According to Consumer Reports, it seems Broadband is one area that is still expensive and with limited choice. In my location I would agree. We have Qwest DSL which is $45+/-, or Comcast broadband for $60 (both including taxes and fees). People have told me DSL is s-l-o-w, despite their claims. I don't want s-l-o-w, so perhaps Comcast is better, though it's all pretty expensive IMO.

So I guess my question now is, instead of starting a new thread, is DSL pretty fast, or any feedback on those services?


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Here I dumped my DSL

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It was not a matter of speed but that I locked down a 99 buck a month deal for 3 years that included digital TV, phone (unlimited) and the internet. My neighbor thought I was nuts to sign up, now they want the same deal.

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DSL. . .

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I taught DSL for the Bell System and I know how it works. And it can be slow. Since I'm retired from the Bell System I could have it for free. I spent the extra bucks for Comcast cable. For 58 bucks I get 15 Meg down and one Meg up per their latest email to me. It's worth it to me for the speed. My latest reading from here :

Last Result:
Download Speed: 23257 kbps (2907.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 958 kbps (119.8 KB/sec transfer rate)

As you can see I get more. DSL won't even come close. In actuality, I see consistent one Meg/sec downloads from sites. On a good day DSL will hit 45-50 Kb/s.

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