questionswhat is a good and cheap wireless modem router?

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What ISP are you using? Most of the major ISPs require you to use their modem and still charge you a fee for it. I would check with your ISP before buying a modem to make sure that you're able to use your own, and that if you use your own they will still remove the fee.

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@eraten: Good point, but I have spoken to them. It's Time Warner cable and yes, if I get my own, the fee would be waived.

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If you have any cable Internet you will do better with a separate modem and router. Generally if you return their equipment you can lose the lease charge. I would recommend the Motorola surfboard docsis 3.0 if your isp supports it.
http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SB6121-SURFboard-DOCSIS-Cable/dp/B004XC6GJ0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353529334&sr=8-1&keywords=motorola+surfboard+sb6121+docsis+3.0+cable+modem
As for the router you can get a Cisco linksys e2000 relatively cheap. Flash dd-wrt to it, park it on a laptop cooler and you have a business class router cheap.
http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-Router-Refurbished/dp/B003VY83GU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1353529534&sr=1-1&keywords=e2000

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@cobracat03: Thanks for the input, looks like quality items. Not sure if I need a router that requires a cooler though =P

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Separate modem and router.

Here's a good wireless N router - I don't trust Linksys these days (unless it runs DD-WRT without a cooler):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122275

For a cable modem, you'll probably benefit from DOCSIS 3, so I would second the SB6121:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16825122015
(on sale for $79.99)

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@omnichad @cobracat03 is there a real performance difference between having both in one unit and having separate units? The one they provide is combined and has performed fine for a year now.

My concern is that it would take over 2 years for these products to pay themselves off. ($100investment/$4return per month) Doesn't seem totally worth it, especially if they break or become obsolete by that time.

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@kwenlu: If you go DOCSIS 3, it's good for a long time to come. You can still get online at 30Mbps on DOCSIS 2 anyway. The standards move very slow. The routers change a little more often, and it's nice you can go for ANY router, not just the ones with a modem built-in. The nicer ones seem to be standalone anyway. So if your router is obsolete (new wireless standard comes out) you can replace just half of your setup for less money.

Two years to pay of is to be expected, but it's worth it. You happen to have a lower than average rental fee. I see $6 more often.

The reason to have them separate is for problems. If you have a modem go out in a storm someday, you only have to buy that half. If you're lucky it stops there. I know with DSL, I went through 3 modems at one address, but kept 1 router. But that was without phone surge protection and cable is less prone to that anyway.

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I have TWC too. Also.
You usually don't move in two years, right? Then it's paid for. You're saving money. It's TWC- that $90 bundle price is closer to $170 after all the fees, rentals and equipment charges get added on.
It's yours. You take it with you, when you do move. And without all the deposits/ charges/ fees that comes with changing accounts, or lost/ forgotten/ broken equipment.
My TWC modem/router resets after any and every little electrical glitch. At that time I become a neighborhood hotspot. The only browser that works right to change the settings is IE. This is all a major PITA.
With a separate modem, I can isolate that on my PC's battery backup. With a decent separate wireless router, I can put that where it does the most good. And replace it with a better one when I want to.

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