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Home Networking Dilemma

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Hello All,

I am a networking newbie, and have a question regarding my home's wireless network. We currently have an Arris media center provided by the cable company that includes a wireless router. I also have a LinkSys E3000 dual-band router we used prior to the cable modem being installed. We get a fair amount of buffering on streaming video, and our overall wireless performance is less than desirable. I recently paid the cable company to bump my download speed to 30mbps.

I am not sure how to test the performance of the cable-box router, but my guess would be that a stand-alone router would likely be faster.  The LinkSys router is more than five years old, and I know there have been advancements made in that time. My question is - would I be better off ditching the cable box router in favor of a stand-alone? If so, should I look to update the E3000 to something newer?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Jeff C
Chicago
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