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# 251179 12-Jun-2019 10:32
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Hi everyone,

Work has agreed to pay for a new modem for my home, regardless of price, but I don't really understand what makes x modem better than y modem.

So I was just wondering what are the best modems currently on the market, without taking price into account???

I have Fibre internet with 2degrees, and I understand I'll have to double check with them to see if their services are compatible with the modem, but I just wanted to get a few ideas on options first.

I apologise in advance if there's already discussions on this, I found a couple of threads but felt price was also taken into account and some time has also passed since.

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  # 2256546 12-Jun-2019 10:45
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What is the issue you're trying to solve by getting a new router?


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  # 2256553 12-Jun-2019 10:49
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If you’re spending a bunch of dollars on a router (not modem) then chances are it will support whatever protocols any residential isp’s use.

It really depending what your expectations are on feature set. A solid choice is a Edgerouter 4 for Gigabit connections. Its however a prosumer device and will need knowledge on setup, there is a good tutorial here on EdgeOS. It also doesn’t come with wifi if you’re expecting a all-in-one solution, youd need to get a seperate wireless access point.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2256561 12-Jun-2019 11:15
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As above - what's wrong with the device 2degrees has supplied you?
Once you establish that, guidance can be given. You could also take a look at michaelmurphys router guide, https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=66&topicid=197871

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  # 2256562 12-Jun-2019 11:16
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What access point have you got from 2degrees if it's the Fritzbox 7490 why bother changing it and what actually are you trying to achieve?

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  # 2256569 12-Jun-2019 11:22
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You question is pretty much like asking "what is the best car to buy" - there is no correct answer.

 

Why do you feel you need to change from the 2degrees supplied Fritzbox you presumably have already? What problem are you trying to solve? If you don't understand the differences between brands or models I see zero reason why you actually need to change anything.

 

 

 

 


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  # 2256640 12-Jun-2019 12:25
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Taking price out of the equation, it really comes down to features, particularly business/enterprise grade features.

 

Things I've considered when purchasing routers for business connections:

 

  • Support/maintenance contract costs. Virtually every enterprise grade router has ongoing support/maintenance contract costs if you want firmware updates etc.
  • Addon feature contract costs. Optional feature upgrades from the base package, e.g. Spam filtering, IPS signatures, etc.
  • Throughput speeds when using firewall/VPN/etc 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 2256682 12-Jun-2019 12:41
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Also worth noting - don't go for an expensive consumer grade router. I am quite big on that mainly because you can get a tonne more in the SME space. I've got a guide that may be helpful in my signature.





 
 
 
 


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  # 2256686 12-Jun-2019 12:47
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Often, the best router you can have is the one supplied and supported by the ISP.  That way, when trouble arises, they can't just say "it's a problem with your device", or "we don't know how to help you with that one".  If you don't need any special features that the ISP-supplier router doesn't support, this would be my recommendation.  If the WiFi on the ISP router isn't up to requirements, get yourself some additional WiFi gear.

 

If you go for a third party router, then the best one might be 'the best one you want to learn how to use and support'.





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  # 2256898 12-Jun-2019 17:26
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The answer is there isnt one

 

you dont need a Modem for fibre you need a Router

 

 

 

the best router as mentioned is not always the most expensive, and most of the time its what your ISP provides unless you have a special use case.


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  # 2256940 12-Jun-2019 18:03
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Just to clarify, the fibre ONT is technically the "modem" if you consider the origin of that term being the modulator/demodulator, and in this case the optical to electrical modulator/demodulator, from then on routers and switches are used.................................. just saying

 

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  # 2257268 13-Jun-2019 10:39
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"regardless of price"

 

no one ever means that , after being given prices of "the best" they will allways change their mind .

The best would be something not marketed for home use : Small business grade Firewall with the add on security licences . Then addition cost
of Wired wifi AP's & cabling .

 

Tell your work that you plan to spend $500-$1500 of their money , when the ISP supplied router is good enough for 99% of home users  :-)


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  # 2257279 13-Jun-2019 11:12
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Just for a giggle, I picked out a overkill setup for the average sort of consumer setup.
This is all Ubiquiti parts that PB Tech will sell you, and where the prices I'm quoting will come from, and this is all assuming you're sticking with your "price isn't a factor" deal.

UniFi UCK-G2-PLUS - $419.75
UniFi USG-PRO-4 - $549.00
UniFi UAP-AC-HD - $555.99
UniFi Switch US-16-150W - $549.00
With this setup, you'll just need some patch leads and then you can feed this into your structured data cabling. You'll probably want a rack to mount it all in, too, and realistically you'll want a UPS, too.
Ample info on how to get off the ground with this kit, and you'll be prepped to add some UniFi cameras too, as the UCK-G2-PLUS has built in storage for videos.

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# 2257355 13-Jun-2019 12:29
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@eazyduzzit knock knock anyone home?


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