Is time to change internet providers?
Do you want to keep your current router but want to make sure it is compatible?
What does a router do?
Think about a modem, it connects you to the internet. A router then distributes it to your different devices.
They are relatively easy to set up if you have a knack for technology.
Many internet providers offer a combined modem and router.
The benefit of this is they do all the work, and if there is a problem they can easily troubleshoot it for you.
Why would you want to use your own router?
- Yours may be broken and you need a new one
- When signing up to a new plan it might cost extra, or be a rental scheme
- The provided router may be an old model and you want faster speeds
- You might have limited access to the dashboard and can’t make modifications
While there are a large number of internet providers to choose from, four of the most popular include:
- Cox Communications
- Time Warner Cable
All four of these internet providers will allow you to use your own router device.
Verizon recommends the Fios Quantum Gateway for their service.
It is fast, secure and suitable for large homes. If you have this router they will offer you technical support and a two-year warranty.
If you do want to provide your own router, this option is available with step by step tutorials.
You may have to use your Verizon technology to work as a bridge between their technology and yours.
Some technical knowledge will be required to make the switch to your preferred device.
Cox Communications have their own preferred all-in-one devices which can either be included or on a monthly rental plan.
If you would like to supply your own, there are a few things you need to consider and it is worth reading their list of preferred options before purchasing a new dual modem or router.
They recommend DOCSIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 to ensure you can get the high speeds you are looking for.
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable suggest you lease a device as part of your service. This option will get you technical support, free upgrades and security settings included.
You can supply your own, but it is suggested you do your research and understand which type of internet plan you are on.
All the plans have different download speeds so you need something fast enough to handle your usage.
Your device will need to support IPv6 and it should be noted DOCSIS 1.0/1.X will not work with their services.
AT&T recommend you use one of their chosen routers, which are straightforward to set up.
If you want to use your own, once again you will need to use the DSL modem as a bridge which requires some basic configuration.
You will need to be able to login to your router and make any required changes.
If you are using U-Verse it gets a bit trickier as you really do need to use their technology. In this case, it is probably best to stick with what you have been supplied.
Even if you aren’t currently on a high-speed plan, if you are going to buy a new router it is worth buying a faster one than you currently need.
Most of the companies are flexible but it is important to read through the technical specifications to make sure your router matches up to your intended use.
Do you use your own router with any of these companies? Or do you prefer a 2-in-1 device?
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