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Modem + Router Vs. Wireless Modem


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#1 Omar

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 06:29 PM

Hi.. I need some advice.

I only have a laptop, so don't really need a "network". But I want wireless access around my apartment. But I can't decide if I should buy a regular cable modem and buy a wireless router, or if it's better to just buy a wireless cable modem. The unit I have in mind is the Motorola SURFboard® Wireless Cable Modem Gateway (SBG900).

Any opinions or suggestions?

Thank you! :thumbsup:


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Posted 22 June 2006 - 08:33 AM

In my opinion, and several others on this forum, you should place a router between you and the internet. Even if you only have one computer. A router makes your identity on the internet. The are not expensive, starting at $20.
If you buy a wireless cable modem it probably has a NAT router built in. If it does You would be best served to go that route.

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:11 AM

Thank you for your reply!

I looked through the product's "technical details" and couldn't make head from tails, let alone find out if it has a "NAT router" built in. :thumbsup:

Here is the modem info:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001MQSB...ce&n=172282

it says it supports networking, so maybe that means it has a built in router? :flowers:

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Posted 22 June 2006 - 11:14 AM

The Motorola SBG900 has a built in router. In my option it is an excellent choice. Should be very secure.


http://broadband.motorola.com/consumers/products/sbg900/

http://broadband.motorola.com/consumers/pr..._Data_Sheet.pdf
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Posted 22 June 2006 - 11:18 AM


Excellent :thumbsup:

Thank you very mcuh! :flowers:


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Posted 22 June 2006 - 11:19 AM

I am glad I could help. Good luck.
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