Man this is way too hard. I've been looking for over an hour and I can't believe I can't find crap. I have Time Warner CABLE. I just want a wireless set up for a laptop and maybe the TV but just the laptop for now. i can't find anything. None of them have the cable connectors. the only one I found was a Netgear CGD24N but I can't find it for sale anywhere but I'd rather have a dual band one with 10/100/10000. You'd think I could find one easy. The one Time Warner provides is a G router but my walls are lathe and plaster and the signal won't carry. Any ideas or suggestions? Any reason I should know why this is being so damned hard? I've looked for wireless cable modems and wireless cable gateways. Any other search term I should try? Or can I hook up the wireless router to the cable modem? I'm kinda at a loss and don't know much about this wireless stuff except i would like a gigabit dual band router. HELP!
So call up TW, tell them you need for them to come out and replace your modem/router combo to one that is strictly a cable only modem.... AND.... remove the monthly charge for the router off your monthly bill..
Or, maybe you can bring in your cable modem/router combo into a local branch, swap it out with a cable modem only.... and then you'll need to contact tech support so as they can make the change in the system for the replacement unit.
As you already have a modem with your cable, any router will work.
You use a networking/lan cable to connect the modem to the router.
Use a long cat 5 cable to place your router in a central location if need be.
There are modem/routers, though they are hard to find. There is no need for one.
If you get a router that has both G and N (it will also have B) you can upgrade your components as you have the money.
The G router comes with 2 antenna and is analog. This will work like your hand held home phone with roughly the same distance, perhaps a little further reception.
The N router has 3 antenna and is a digital signal, such as a 5.0 ghz hand held phone.
Though it transmits the same distance as the G, it takes less of a signal strength to make a connection.
If you still have trouble with reception here are a few things to try.
1. centralise your router.
2. higher gain dbi antenna on the router (routers come with 2dbi)
3.Usb dongles with antenna on them work a lot better then usb dongles with out antenna.
$ Wifi extenders.Boxes that plug into AC and take a wifi signal and boosts it (not good for security though)
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In Hippy's post.... he mentioned that Time Warner provides a G router.... with this statement.... this means that he has one of them cable modem/router combo... This is where the typical two piece setup, i.e. cable modem and a router is both combined into one unit. He is trying to do one for one replacement.
He needs to get up with Time Warner and have them swap out his unit for a cable modem only unit. Then he needs to get a router on his own....
oh by the way... when are you going to upgrade..... so as you can give me your mb and I can use it as a backup to mine... lol..
No I didn't say I had a cable modem router. I have just the stock motorola cable modem. I talked to a bunch of people at TW and they basically are stupid. I finally found a guy who said the wireless router was a N router. They sent it to me and i was supposed to return the modem. But when it got here it was a NetGear G router. So I'm taking it back. I was looking for a wireless router that had the cable connector. But the only ones I could find were G's. So I guess what I was asking was if I could hook a regular wireless router to the existing cable modem with the CAT5 or 6 cable. That makes it a lot cheaper. I was looking at http://snipurl.com/275l1f It's on sale for $69
EDIT: Is simultaneous better than selectable? I'm asking because my 2.4GHz phone is right next to the computer.
when you said "The one Time Warner provides is a G router but......." and with the combination of you looking for a router with a cable connection to it.... my thoughts went right to a cable modem/router combo unit, which by the way TW does do alot... well at least in my area they do. To me, going separate units is the way to go because you can always upgrade your router at any point in time and dont have to mess with TW.
You asked for a N router and they sent you a G router, heh? could be the possibility that the person on the phone have no idea what you are talking about and just sent you a replacement router not knowing if they carried a N router in the first place. TW may only have G routers in their replacement bins...
Why were you looking for a router with a cable connector ??? were you thinking of eliminating the cable modem and having a cable modem/router combo unit?
Anyhow.... yeah.... you can hook that replacement router or any router you choose to your cable modem... ethernet cable from cable modem to router's WAN port.
Theres no need to worry about your 2.4ghz phone being in the same room as the router.. it'll handle it just fine. I have a 2.4ghz phone myself in the same room as my router and there is no issues. If you are really worry about it still, this will give you an excuse to go out and get phones that have DECT... I think this phones are on the 6ghz freq (?)...
If you can.........if you are going to get a dual band router... get one that does simultaneous. This method is better for performance. yeah... the router would be more expensive. But when you get down the road to getting clients on the 5ghz... you wont get slow downs with your existing 2.4ghz clients...
It seems you have an older house (lathe and plaster)? That can present other problems with reception. If you do run into issues you might take a look at some info on making your own antennae for dirt-cheap. Some are excellent performers and even high-gain units are easy to build. http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/71370/#534654
I KNOW there was another HWA thread within the past year (maybe last summer/fall?) that had more details specifically talking about old plaster/lathe/chicken-wire and foiled-drywall walled houses and RF reception problems, but it wouldn't show up in any of my search bar results.
BTW, I've been cutting down a bit on HWA for awhile as I'm on new medications and doing just about anything is a real challenge at the moment.