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Wireless access point vs wireless router

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Last Modified: 2013-12-09
Hi everyone,

I just switched to a new internet formula in my country. They needed to install a new modem, but what I didn't know is that it comes with a build-in router. The router is not so bad, but the problem is that it is placed in my basement. (I also don't like the fact that you have to login online to configure the router and my provider now can see how many clients I have connected to my network, normally it is limited to only 4..) I already contacted them to install new modem without router but haven't got a response..

But let's say that I can't switch to a new modem... The current situation is that I use a router as a wireless access point (I don't use the WAN-port but only the switch ports). I want to upgrade this router to a new one. I was looking at this one ( http://www.linksysbycisco.com/EU/en/products/E4200 ). A collegue of mine has one of them and he is really satisfied. Now was my question: Is it stupid to buy a router and actually use it as a wireless access point?

I was looking for a wireless access point, but none of them seem to have as good as specifications as the router, for example: http://www.linksysbycisco.com/UK/en/products/WET610N

What is your opinion on this and what would you do?

Now if I can switch to a modem without built-in-router, I need to buy a router to put in the basement (Itt is also connected to some clients in the basement and directly above the router is a tv and some other stations which require internetconnection). What router do you recommend?
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Just make sure you turn off DHCP if there is another DHCP server on the network
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Thanks for your suggestions! I will go for the router then and will take a look at the custom firmware. I will still need to buy myself a new switch because I have all the devices in this room wired so I require 6 ethernet ports..

Would you recommend to change the modem + router? Because it actually limits you in my opinion and what kind of router whould you suggest to use?
So basically I need to routers: 1 for the connection from my modem (downstairs with some other pc's connected, TV,..) and to this router a 20 meter UTP cable to my router downstairs..

Thanks again!

Oh and is gigabit really necessary? Would you recommond it?
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For your setup, Gigabit is not necessary.  I would use 1 wireless router (asus branded), and a 100 mbit switch (netgear 8 port blue box switch).

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And for the first router in my set-up? What would you recommend? And why specifically asus branded besides of  the Custom firmware?
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Thanks jostafew for your input, very useful for people who don't have an idea what a router really is when you go buy it at your local IT-store!!
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