We have charter cable internet. I have a 4-5 year old Motorola cable modem and a 3 year old Logitech Wireless router. We have a lot of problems with the wireless dropping at least once a week (I have to unplug the router for 1 minute then plug it back in and re connect to get it to work). It's getting pretty annoying. And the modem completely drops signal every other month (causing me to unplug both and restart both...sometimes I even have to call Charter to re-enter the modem number). It's a big pain
On top of that, it seems like the internet is getting really slow lately, which doesn't seem to be a Charter problem because our neighbors don't have that problem. Could the router or modem be causing the internet to slow down?
Regardless, I think I still want to get a new router/modem. Can't you get them all in one unit nowadays, instead of 2 separate boxes? What's the best brands/models? Or is it better to stick with 2 separate units?
Did you mean to say that you would advise against getting just one box?
OP: Your 4-5 year old cable modem should be just fine.
The slowdown and disconnects could be caused by interference from other wireless devices in the area like your neighbor's wireless network, a cordless phone, or wireless keyboards and mice.
Yes this is what I meant to say. Interference could be the problem but it could also be his router/modem. Easy to test by changing the channel. With ones of that age it would be somewhat more likely. I suggest taking the router out of the equation for a day. Direct connect to the modem, (Make sure your firewall is on) If you can hold a signal then you know its the router.
Cool, I'll try just hooking up to the modem to see if that works fine (and is any faster).
Otherwise, I'll stick with 2 separate boxes instead of an all in one unit. What wireless routers do you guys like the best? Sorry, I meant to say I have a Linksys G router. Any brands better than that one?
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