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Which Great Router/Modem for Comcast?

Discussion in 'Routers' started by NesTx88, May 19, 2017.

  1. NesTx88

    NesTx88 Occasional Visitor

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm trying to decide on a great router and modem to use? I've done some research, and here's what I found.

    Modem wise:
    sb6183 - 600 mbs (cheaper)
    sb6190 - 1.2 gbs (future proof)

    Router wise:
    Asus RT 3100
    Asus RT 3200
    (any other routers you all can suggest)

    I'm in a 1 story home thats about 2000sq ft, using the comcast 100mbs internet, and I'm not really trying to break the bank. I have 4 computers I use, 3 cell phones, and a xboxone.

    I really think the SB6190 + rt3100 would be a great combo, but I'm wondering while the price is right to just go with the sb6183 + rt 3100? Or if theres any other newer, faster routers/modems around the same price, I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts.

    Thanks.
     
  2. netwrks

    netwrks Senior Member

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    Not sure about the router, but you should stay with what your ISP sanctions regarding modems. Not all modems are supported by ISP's, for a lot of reasons.. Ultimately, you are responsible for all firmware upgrades, and the onus is on you to ensure the modem is secure. Check with your ISP first, before purchasing a modem..
     
  3. RMerlin

    RMerlin Part of the Furniture

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    The RT-AC3100 and RT-AC3200 fill different needs, so it depends on what your specific needs are wifi-wise.
     
  4. NesTx88

    NesTx88 Occasional Visitor

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    Can you explain how they are different? seems like the 3100 fills the need of a home 2k sq ft, 10 devices, but correct me if I'm wrong?
     
  5. RMerlin

    RMerlin Part of the Furniture

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    The RT-AC3200 is a tri-band router with a slower CPU and not enough nvram to be fully configured, while the RT-AC3100 is a dual band, but with a faster CPU, and more nvram for advanced configuration.

    You'd only get an RT-AC3200 if you had a lot of 5 GHz devices with a lot of data transfer, requiring the use of two separate bands to ensure that the slower clients don't affect the speed of the faster clients.

    Coverage should be nearly identical with both models.
     
  6. NesTx88

    NesTx88 Occasional Visitor

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    So narrowing it down, would you think the 3100 would be the best in my case, or is there another Router around the same price? Or stick with the 3200? Not sure why people would still get the 3200 then?

    3 iPhones (6, 7 plus, 4s)
    Xboxone, and switch
    Roku and a firetv
    2 laptops, 2 desktops
     
  7. RMerlin

    RMerlin Part of the Furniture

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    The RT-AC3100 is a better product overall.

    People who have the specific needs that I listed, but aren't willing to pay the extra for its successor, the RT-AC5300 (which is the three-band alternative to the RT-AC3100).

    Based on your device list, the RT-AC3100 would be the better choice.
     
  8. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    The SB6183 is a better bet than the problematic SB6190...
     
  9. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    I think the only needs that would be fulfilled for the RT-AC3200 would be Broadcom shareholders...

    double the chips, double the profits...
     
  10. RMerlin

    RMerlin Part of the Furniture

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    There are benefits of having two separate radio when either your airtime is saturated, or you have a mixture of slow and fast clients, and they both need to transfer simultaneously.
     

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