Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?

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I am looking to buy a cable modem wireless router combo unit. After
some research, I think I am looking at the Motorola SBG900. (I believe
that there is actually a newer unit called SBG940 but it appears not
yet available anywhere)

What do people think of this model and is there any better ones I might
consider instead?

Also is it better and/or more cost effective to buy a combo unit rather
than two separate units as most people do?

Thanks for any replies!
(newsgroup only please, email is invalid)



Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


email_invalid@mail2world.com wrote:
> Also is it better and/or more cost effective to buy a combo unit
> rather
> than two separate units as most people do?

I went off to college in the late '70s. Having a stereo system in your
dorm room was a cultural and social requirement. With space (and money)
at a premium, the all-in-one units were very popular. But in my entire
dorm, I don't recall anyone who had an all-in-one with all working
components. The weakest link always made itself know very quickly.

The best cameras have bodies that are separate from their lenses.
External dial-up modems were considered best because a hang-up of the
modem didn't require a computer reboot. Home theater systems aren't
built-in to the same case as the TV screen. There are many, many more
examples, but the best technologies usually separate components.

Laptops often have lots of stuff built in because the pay-off is the
portability of everything. What's the advantage of putting a router and
a cable modem in the same case? Certainly no one is living in such
cramped quarters that it makes a difference space-wise. Even the dorm
room of my past wasn't that crowded!

Cost? Well, make sure you factor in the fact that a combo unit needs to
be replaced more often. The cablemodem needs to be replaced if the
router goes south, and the router needs to be replaced if the cablemodem
goes south. They both need to be replaced if something better comes
along, and you want to (or need to) upgrade one or the other, too!
Whatever savings there might be now will disappear the first time one
component needs replacement, and you have to buy replacements for both.

I can't think of any good reason why you'd want both components in the
same case.

--
Warren H.

==========
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employer, my friends, nor (as she often tells me) my wife.
Any resemblance to the views of anybody living or dead is
coincidental. No animals were hurt in the writing of this
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to go outside now.
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Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


I agree.  I prefer to have seperate components.


> email_invalid@mail2world.com wrote:
>> Also is it better and/or more cost effective to buy a combo unit rather
>> than two separate units as most people do?
>
> I went off to college in the late '70s. Having a stereo system in your
> dorm room was a cultural and social requirement. With space (and money) at
> a premium, the all-in-one units were very popular. But in my entire dorm,
> I don't recall anyone who had an all-in-one with all working components.
> The weakest link always made itself know very quickly.
>
> The best cameras have bodies that are separate from their lenses. External
> dial-up modems were considered best because a hang-up of the modem didn't
> require a computer reboot. Home theater systems aren't built-in to the
> same case as the TV screen. There are many, many more examples, but the
> best technologies usually separate components.
>
> Laptops often have lots of stuff built in because the pay-off is the
> portability of everything. What's the advantage of putting a router and a
> cable modem in the same case? Certainly no one is living in such cramped
> quarters that it makes a difference space-wise. Even the dorm room of my
> past wasn't that crowded!
>
> Cost? Well, make sure you factor in the fact that a combo unit needs to be
> replaced more often. The cablemodem needs to be replaced if the router
> goes south, and the router needs to be replaced if the cablemodem goes
> south. They both need to be replaced if something better comes along, and
> you want to (or need to) upgrade one or the other, too! Whatever savings
> there might be now will disappear the first time one component needs
> replacement, and you have to buy replacements for both.
>
> I can't think of any good reason why you'd want both components in the
> same case.
>
> --
> Warren H.
>
> ==========
> Disclaimer: My views reflect those of myself, and not my
> employer, my friends, nor (as she often tells me) my wife.
> Any resemblance to the views of anybody living or dead is
> coincidental. No animals were hurt in the writing of this
> response -- unless you count my dog who desperately wants
> to go outside now.
>             Black and Decker cordless landscaping tools:
>      http://www.holzemville.com/mall/blackanddecker/index.html
>
>
>




Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


Another minor point:  the cable modem/router link also represents something
of an unofficial demarcation point.

The cable modem can be controlled remotely by the provider via SNMP.  They
can do firmware pushes and the like as well as inquiries that give them
troubleshooting capabilities.

If you combine the cable modem with a wireless router, this demarcation
point becomes somewhat blurred.  Do you really want to give that much access
and visibility into your private network?

....just food for thought.
Robert


>I am looking to buy a cable modem wireless router combo unit. After
> some research, I think I am looking at the Motorola SBG900. (I believe
> that there is actually a newer unit called SBG940 but it appears not
> yet available anywhere)
>
> What do people think of this model and is there any better ones I might
> consider instead?
>
> Also is it better and/or more cost effective to buy a combo unit rather
> than two separate units as most people do?
>
> Thanks for any replies!
> (newsgroup only please, email is invalid)
>




Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


email_invalid@mail2world.com wrote:

> I am looking to buy a cable modem wireless router combo unit. After
> some research, I think I am looking at the Motorola SBG900. (I believe
> that there is actually a newer unit called SBG940 but it appears not
> yet available anywhere)
>
> What do people think of this model and is there any better ones I might
> consider instead?
>
> Also is it better and/or more cost effective to buy a combo unit rather
> than two separate units as most people do?

If you are an 'early adapter' and think you might want to go to a VoIP
(telephone over internet protocol) system, keep the modem and the router
separate.



Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


I am using the Linksys WCG200 Wireless-G Cable Gateway unit.  Works
great.



Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


Rick Merrill wrote:
> If you are an 'early adapter' and think you might want to go to a VoIP
> (telephone over internet protocol) system, keep the modem and the
> router separate.


Same goes if your an early ADOPTER of new technology.

--
Warren H.

==========
Disclaimer: My views reflect those of myself, and not my
employer, my friends, nor (as she often tells me) my wife.
Any resemblance to the views of anybody living or dead is
coincidental. No animals were hurt in the writing of this
response -- unless you count my dog who desperately wants
to go outside now.
             Black and Decker cordless landscaping tools:
      http://www.holzemville.com/mall/blackanddecker/index.html





Re: Best Cable Modem Wireless Router Unit?


Warren wrote:
> Rick Merrill wrote:
>
>>If you are an 'early adapter' and think you might want to go to a VoIP
>>(telephone over internet protocol) system, keep the modem and the
>>router separate.
>
>
>
> Same goes if your an early ADOPTER of new technology.
>

(durn that spell checker, mutter...)


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