Originally Posted by splat10
so i haven't paid much attention to my internet bill. Did notice it went up but just thought that was TW being TW. Nope, $6/month lease on the modem. I'm going to take care of this whole thing right now and buy a modem with a switch. Recommendations? Here's the list from TW.
Netgear N450 CG3000Dv2
The D-Link, NetGear CM400, Zoom 5341J, ZyXEL CDA30360 and the SB6141 are out since they only have the 1 LAN port and act as modems, not router combos. You'd have to add another router at the modem. The Zoom 5363 is for people that also want to get cable phone service.
The Netgear c3xxx look interesting but only have 2 LAN ports. They will work, but if you want to add more devices at the router you'll have to add an additional switch.
The Motorola SBG6580 is kind of the industry standard right now so if you have issues, you'll probably find more and better support out there. The Motorola SBG6782AC is pretty much the same thing but with wireless AC which you'll probably find useless in the location you have it. NetGear is a very popular brand as well.
So basically, it would come down to the SBG6580, Zoom 5352 or the Netgear N450 CG3000Dv2 for me. I don't think it will make much difference for performance. The $16 price difference between the Zoom and the other 2 is probably just a reflection of brand popularity. Zoom isn't unknown, but not nearly as well known as Motorola, NetGear, Arris or even Zyxel.
Incidentally, I had a Motorola SB6141 for about three months before it went and my ISP replaced it with another SB6141. The 2nd one ran fine for about 8 more months till I got tired of the $5/month lease fee and I picked up an SB6121 on sale for like $52 at Officemax one day. It's been fine for over a year.