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The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:21 AM
That tends to be the case when you deal with big corporate guys like Bell, Cogeco and Rogers. But I always avoid them at all costs. In fact most tech savvy individuals in Canada go with indie ISPs, most of which allow you to buy your own hardware. My current ISP ncf.ca, as well as my planned ISP Acanac, sell their own hardware. But they also tell you right on the order page that you can use any old hardware you have laying around from your old ISP or something you got at a garage sale or on eBay.
As suggested you should be able to find a list of approved hardware from your ISP. Then work from that list. I have never heard of 'plug in anything to our network and you're good policy'. Every ISP I have ever worked with, including ones in Canada have an approved hardware list. Sometimes they aren't all that forthcoming to induce you renting theirs for more money. But when pushed they will reveal the list.
On a general note, "best" can have so many connotations. Value for money, technically advanced, easy to use, greatest range, cheapest, most trendy, IT techs fave, how much money the manufacturers paid reviewers etc.
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