Why you should use a separate modem and router | Start.ca Support Videos

Why you should use a separate modem and router | Start.ca Support Videos


Hi my name is Keith, from the Start dot C-A
service desk and today I’m going to talk about why we recommend using a separate
modem, and router, and not a modem-router combo. For convenience
other internet providers may encourage customers to use a router-modem combo. It can simplify installation and setup. It also takes up less space. There’s a
trade-off though. The router component included in the combo tends to have less
power and fewer features than a standalone router might. One of the main
drawbacks is that many two and one units use a slower grade of Wi-Fi connectivity,
like “G” connectivity, instead of more modern standards like “N” or “AC”. This can make your network painfully and unnecessarily slow, and since combo units are both the same size as a standalone router, some valuable functionality may
be sacrificed to make everything inside fit. This means combo units are more
prone to performance issues, which can be difficult to diagnose and even harder to
fix. Troubleshooting combo units can be limited as well. The device management
software can be very basic and there aren’t usually a lot of options
available that would help you get the best out of your internet connection.
Compared to a standalone router two and one units don’t usually have premium
features, such as media prioritization, parental controls and external printer
networking. Another thing to note is that you can’t update the software on most
cable modems, and this limitation could block future updates to the router
portion. When it comes right down to it, most people who use a separate router
enjoy a better connection and a better internet experience — and isn’t that what
everybody wants? Remember, when shopping for a Wi-Fi router you are shopping for
your sanity. The good news is, nowadays you can get a very capable router for
around 100 dollars. If you already have a modem router combo and want to see the
benefits of running a separate router for yourself, don’t worry. You don’t need
to throw away your combo unit. Using what is called bridge mode, you can make the
unit act as a modem only. Connect the separate router and you
should see the benefits: improved signal strength, faster transfer speeds and
features that can make your network more flexible and trouble-free. For help with
this kind of setup, feel free to give us a call. Another benefit to having a
separate modem and router, is that if you ever move or decide to switch internet
providers, your router is yours to keep. All your network configurations,
passwords and sharing settings stay with you. We understand it can seem easy to
have one unit view everything, and for some customers that works. But having a
separate modem and router will give you a better experience, and let you get the
most out of your internet connection. All in all, having separate devices is
usually money well spent. If you’re having issues with your internet
connection don’t hesitate to call us, or visit Start.ca to send us an email. You
can also get help on social media. Visit our website for those links. Thanks for
watching. Check out our other videos. Subscribe and keep up with the latest from Start dot C-A.

Danny Hutson

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