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Some Questions I Have For A Now Needed Router.


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#1 montecarlo1987

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:35 PM

Hello.

I have a question to ask you all. I need your honest factual answers to my questions that follow.

 

I need to know what kind of router I need to buy and use for the setup I am about to describe.

 

Currently, I have a cable modem (the commonly used SB5101 Surfboard Cable Modem) whereby my cable modem speed is currently 3 Mpbs (I currently have the slowest speed of my high speed cable Internet service.). I randomly use a (#1) Internet Radio (the Aluratek AIRMM01F clock radio), a (#2) laptop computer (Toshiba Satellite C855-S5236 Intel Dual Core 2.3GHZ 6GB 640GB Windows 7 15.6" HD), and an (#3) older custom made desktop computer by Asus. So far I have been swapping out a single Ethernet cable from my modem to the various Internet hardware listed above when I need to get online. So far, for obvious reasons, I have had no issues with my Internet connection based on only one piece of hardware connected to the Internet at any one time and the simplicity of the connection between the modem and the hardware. Yes, everything is hardwired so no wireless in my setup, but I wouldn't mind trying out a wireless connection soon-like.

 

Now, I want to add (#4) VIOP landline service to this whole setup. Obviously by adding VIOP, I will need to *constant* connection to the Internet to receive phone calls. This definitely means I *need* a router now. The VOIP hardware is a VIOP box that connects to your modem or router with one Ethernet connection and the traditional phone line jack on the other connection. I just do not know *what kind* of router I need, let alone the recommended brand. I have been doing some online shopping on the specs or technical terms like their features and functions for home network routers like wireless standards, frequency range, antennas, security, and connectivity/ports. I have performed much research and the more I read the more I get smarter and overwhelmed at the same time. I have focused on router capabilities/features I found I need answers to in order to get the best signal transmission *running all 4 items at the same time*.    

 

My questions for you:

 

1. With the setup I would have with VOIP added to my network hardware (see above *running all 4 items at the same time*), would I need a Gigabit Ethernet capable router or not (the 10/100 Ethernet would be enough)? (What worries me is the *constant* Internet radio signal here. I do not want to experience any routine random transmission freezes.)

 

2. The Wi-Fi Quality of Service software (QoS) standard feature help me here? If so, where would I put the emphasis on hardware making the most efficient use of Ethernet connections by prioritizing multimedia traffic (from highest priority to least priority)?

 

3. The speed for the Wi-Fi portion I find is rated theoretically at 300 Mpbs or a 150 Mpbs I typically find presently. Based on my hardware network setup *running all 4 items at the same time*, would I need to consider a Wi-Fi 300 Mpbs based router or just a Wi-Fi 150 Mpbs based (cheaper) router suffice? (*NOTE: Obviously, the older custom desktop computer will be hardwired to the prospective router and of course the VIOP landline box as well leaving my other two hardware network items needing wireless transmission.)

 

4. Is there any comments or suggestions you can recommend regarding a router I should consider? Please provide me those comments and suggestions.

 

I do not want to get too carried away with an expensive or overly feature excessive router that I do not need. Security features and easy user access to significant settings and configurations are a must!

 

Thank you!    


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:23 AM

TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 Dual Band Wireless N600 Router, Gigabit, 2.4GHz 300Mbps+5GHz 300Mbps, 2 USB port, IP QoS, Wireless On/Off Switch - $65.99 (USD)


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:50 PM

Hello.
I have a question to ask you all. I need your honest factual answers to my questions that follow.
 
I need to know what kind of router I need to buy and use for the setup I am about to describe.
 
Currently, I have a cable modem (the commonly used SB5101 Surfboard Cable Modem) whereby my cable modem speed is currently 3 Mpbs (I currently have the slowest speed of my high speed cable Internet service.). I randomly use a (#1) Internet Radio (the Aluratek AIRMM01F clock radio), a (#2) laptop computer (Toshiba Satellite C855-S5236 Intel Dual Core 2.3GHZ 6GB 640GB Windows 7 15.6" HD), and an (#3) older custom made desktop computer by Asus. So far I have been swapping out a single Ethernet cable from my modem to the various Internet hardware listed above when I need to get online. So far, for obvious reasons, I have had no issues with my Internet connection based on only one piece of hardware connected to the Internet at any one time and the simplicity of the connection between the modem and the hardware. Yes, everything is hardwired so no wireless in my setup, but I wouldn't mind trying out a wireless connection soon-like.
 
Now, I want to add (#4) VIOP landline service to this whole setup. Obviously by adding VIOP, I will need to *constant* connection to the Internet to receive phone calls. This definitely means I *need* a router now. The VOIP hardware is a VIOP box that connects to your modem or router with one Ethernet connection and the traditional phone line jack on the other connection. I just do not know *what kind* of router I need, let alone the recommended brand. I have been doing some online shopping on the specs or technical terms like their features and functions for home network routers like wireless standards, frequency range, antennas, security, and connectivity/ports. I have performed much research and the more I read the more I get smarter and overwhelmed at the same time. I have focused on router capabilities/features I found I need answers to in order to get the best signal transmission *running all 4 items at the same time*.    
 
My questions for you:
 
1. With the setup I would have with VOIP added to my network hardware (see above *running all 4 items at the same time*), would I need a Gigabit Ethernet capable router or not (the 10/100 Ethernet would be enough)? (What worries me is the *constant* Internet radio signal here. I do not want to experience any routine random transmission freezes.)


Since you are only paying for and getting 3 Mbps for your cable Internet service, Gigabit will not make a bit of difference for your Internet connection. Unless you plan on bumping up your cable Internet service to speeds that top 100 Mbps, the only reason to get a Gigabit ethernet router would be to get Gigabit speeds between devices on your local network in the house (i.e. sharing files between two computers). And even then, both computers would need Gigabit ports and you would need Cat 5e or better cables. If either of your current computers don't have a Gigabit ethernet port, then at this time you would gain no benefit from a Gigabit router.
 

2. The Wi-Fi Quality of Service software (QoS) standard feature help me here? If so, where would I put the emphasis on hardware making the most efficient use of Ethernet connections by prioritizing multimedia traffic (from highest priority to least priority)?


QoS will matter for VOIP. Some VOIP services have their VOIP box as be a router. This allows them to control QoS. For example, Vonage (I use Vonage) has always had their connection boxes be a router of some sort. Their current Vonage Box connection device is a router, but it only has one port. So, in theory, I could use it as my "actual" router and just connect a switch to it (I actually use a second router behind it). The point is that generally you don't want a VOIP service BEHIND some random router you get, unless that router can do QoS for VOIP. This is why Vonage does not recommend putting their device behind another router...it need to go "in front" of any other router.

Don't know if that all makes sense to your or not.
 

3. The speed for the Wi-Fi portion I find is rated theoretically at 300 Mpbs or a 150 Mpbs I typically find presently. Based on my hardware network setup *running all 4 items at the same time*, would I need to consider a Wi-Fi 300 Mpbs based router or just a Wi-Fi 150 Mpbs based (cheaper) router suffice? (*NOTE: Obviously, the older custom desktop computer will be hardwired to the prospective router and of course the VIOP landline box as well leaving my other two hardware network items needing wireless transmission.)


This falls under the same scenario as Gigabit. Since your 3 Mbps Internet connection is the "bottleneck", 300 Mbps or 150 Mbps (note you will not actually get those numbers...those are maximum theoretical throughputs, which are never achieved) will not matter in terms of the Internet connection. So, unless you are transferring files between your two computers and both computers either have Gigabit ports (and cables) and/or 150/300 Mbps WiFi on both, it won't matter between 300 or 150.
 

4. Is there any comments or suggestions you can recommend regarding a router I should consider? Please provide me those comments and suggestions.
 
I do not want to get too carried away with an expensive or overly feature excessive router that I do not need. Security features and easy user access to significant settings and configurations are a must!
 
Thank you!    


So, assuming you get a VOIP service that has a router function built into it, you will want to connect that to the modem directly and then connect the router you buy into the VOIP box. If that is the case, then realistically any router should work for your purposes, even a very basic one. The only reason to go with something more exotic would be if you want some of the features they offer...either now (i.e. a router with a USB port that allows you to connect printer that can then be printed to across the network from both computers) or in the future (i.e. you get new computer that can take advantage Gigabit).




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