Modem router recommendations? Needs to work well with Comcast, and multiple devices in an apartment complex
Since that thread was almost a year old, I figured there might be newer models people recommend.
From the previous thread, I now know that I need a dual-band router, and preferably one with more than 8 channels (though channels are still a bit of a mystery to me, so feel free to elaborate...).
We have Comcast internet (not by choice) and can get around 100-125 Mbps on a wired connection, but this drops to ~3-10 Mbps (possibly lower) with the wireless.
We are in an apartment building, and I am thinking some of our problem is wireless network interference, though I won't be able to check for certain until I get home in a bit.
At our highest device usage, there can be 11 devices connected wirelessly (I feel like I am forgetting one though), but they wouldn't actually all be demanding data at the same time. On average, we have 5 to 7 devices connected and somewhat active at a time, including a Roku stick and a phone that is nearly constantly (seems to me anyway) in use for playing some sort of online game that seems relatively data-intensive to me. Of those, I am confident that the 2 phones and a laptop can connect via 5 GHz, though in this day and age perhaps all of them can, I'm not sure.
I like having the modem and router in one, but I'm open to getting separate modem and router. I just know that I don't want to rent a modem from Comcast - we have had our current modem+router for 2 years now, and it has already paid for itself almost twice.
We're on a bit of a budget, so I'm looking for the most bang for my buck...
Thanks for any suggestions, advice, or deal information you have to offer!