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Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:49 PM
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 05:41 PM
Combo gateway devices are always a compromise in both quality and performance compared to separate units. Also, only the ISP can update the firmware so you are always a prisoner of them. Also the firmware is typically crippled by the ISP's customizing of it and they typically eliminate valuable features. One of the biggest issues with them is that it is far more difficult to diagnose connectivity issues when it comes to troubleshooting. You can't narrow things down by using the process of elimination by removing just the router from the path. We certainly are seeing far more complaints in forums now !
Yes, a complete waste of time. The only reason I would recommend trying it for is if you absolutely can not afford your own wireless router. The gateways are real junk, have very poor wireless performance, firmware can not be updated by you, have many missing control features and in general just suck. Of the two models that Comcast currently provides, the SMCD3GNV is the very worst, the Arris TG852G is slightly better for wireless performance, but it shares all the other weaknesses because it uses a similar firmware load.
Do yourself a large favor, go get your own wireless router and connect it to your existing modem. I would even suggest replacing the modem with your own if you don't have Xfinity Voice service, you can cut out the $7/mo rental charge.
PS. If you wanted to try it (it may work adequately in your environment, strange things happen sometimes), you can and then if you run into troubles call Comcast at 800-363-2416 and have the gateway placed in bridge mode and then connect your own router. In bridge mode, the gateway is essentially a cable modem/EMTA, the wireless router is entirely disabled.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 02 February 2012 - 05:42 PM.
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