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Modem/router question

I've had a 2Wire gateway that I got from AT&T for about 5 years.
Although I've seen terrible reviews for 2Wire, I've had pretty good luck
with this one. Now the Power light is a steady red and only light on.
Tech support says that it's most likely the power adapter.
As I understand, most what are called modems or routers today are a
combination of these two, is that right? I see them in stores ranging
from $30 to $200 or more, and they all say they do the same thing -
almost identical wording. If it turns out that my adapter is good, what
should I be looking for?

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I prefer . . .

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two separate units. I have had D-link modems and routers. I've upgraded my modem to the Cisco DCP3000 which is DOCSIS 3 and IPv6 ready, and is Gigabit output. I use the D-link DIR-655 router which is wireless B/G/N and Gigabit wired. If these two units won't do it you don't need it. And I'm ready for any ISP upgrades.

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Combo router/modem

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Most routers you will find are just routers. The wan interface is ethernet.

The selection is somewhat limited when you get combination ones. Even in the combination ones you need to get the correct one. You need one that supports DSL, There are cable and fiber ones out there also.

Most combo routers are going to be cheaper than buying a modem and router separate. Unfortunately they sell only very simple routers/modems to keep the costs down.

Most the high priced routers have firewall features and things like dual band wireless. I have see none of these that have modems built in so you will have the additional cost of a modem.

If cost is your primary concern I would buy a combo one. If you want future flexibility buy separate since you can get a better router

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