The modem/router package isn't really a big concern unless you got to have both. I don't know who you got cable from but they usually give you a modem as part of the service, just plug that into the router. But I'm giving you a heads up on something else so you don't learn latter what I just did.
I have a cable set up with a standard issue modem and wireless 802.11"g" router. But after visiting with my buddy who has the exact same service with a 802.11"n" type router and adapter I'm grinding my teeth with connection speeds and the occasional dropped signal. Don't get me wrong it's good, but after seeing the potential I'm switching to n setup. Do yourself a favor and start looking for a 802.11n wireless router and make sure if you need them to get the same adapters which are becoming the standard. They are a little more pricey but worth the range and speed.
I am planning to setup a Wi-Fi network at home. Is there any performance difference between a Wireless Cable Modem and a separate cable modem and wireless router?
I am currently looking for a Wireless Cable modem because it would be eliminate need of a separate wireless router and in essence avoid the wire-clutter.
The options I am currently looking at right now are:
1) Wireless-G Cable Gateway Cable Modem with Built-In Wireless-G Router
2) Motorola SBG900 SURFboard Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Cable Modem Gateway (http://www.directron.com/sbg900.html)
I have a Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection - network adapter in my laptop and am running Vista Home Premium?
Would it be wise getting a combo or should I go for separate cable modem and wireless router?