1 laptop with wireless N, bought a Cisco-Linksys E2000 N router, now I need the best modem!

Posted on 2010-11-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I I just bought a laptop that has wireless n, I called road runner, my service provider, and they said they had a wireless modem, router n.  I took my netgear wireless modem, router G to the Time Warner store, and it turns out they don't support wireless n yet.

Not knowing what I'm doing, since I've always left it up to the roadrunner techs, they encouraged me to buy a wireless n (modem, router).  I bought Cisco-Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router -- only to find out that now I need a modem.  And I don't have the foggiest idea what the buy, what features to look for, and exactly how I sent it up.

Finally, I am using Ooma for VoIP  Does that present any challenges?

And if I want to start streaming movies from Netflix, what do I need?

I'm gratefully giving 500 points.  And I am stuck the Cisco Linksys E 2000..  When it comes, I hope it's really good.  Thank you.  I need to make a decision today.

Question by:AFTerry
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Expert Comment

ID: 34207836
any modem will do - you do not need a "wireless" modem to work with the "wireless" router ... you hard wire the modem to the router and then the router takes care of getting the wireless signal to your laptop.  The linksys routers have good documentation on how to set these up, follow the instructions and have your cable company come install any regular old modem - not a "wireless" modem. Then follow the instructions from Linksys to connect the wireless router and setup your internet connection wirelessly to your laptop.

Author Comment

ID: 34207962
TBK, I just get off the phone with Linksys.  And they recommend the Linksys Cn100 modem.  I know there is a wide range of modems available (including the Motorola surf boards), but I'm unclear as to why one would be better than the other.

For example, would I need a more expensive modem because I'm using wireless N router?

Accepted Solution

TBK-Consulting earned 500 total points
ID: 34208322
you don't ... simply put the max speed you will get anyways is limited to whatever your ISP can give you, it won;t matter if you have wireless N capable of up to 300Mbits/sec or not ... if the ISP only gives 10Mbps that's the fastest you'll get from the internet no matter what ... so why waste the money on an expensive modem ... take the cheap one they give you from the ISP and then hook your wireless router to that to go wireless

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34209315
I spoke to my internet provider, and after three tech support guys got done with me, I learned exactly what TBK said -- if the provider only gives you 10mps, a wireless N router is not going to make anything go faster.

On the positive side, I did learn that the benefit of my new router lies in the fact that it has three antenas to push the signal farther, and 2.4 and 5 GHZ spectrum, to deliver a clear signal that is less likely to have interference from TVs, Microwaves, bathtubs. etc.

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