Is time to change internet providers? Do you want to keep your current router but want to make sure it is compatible?
What does a router do?
- Think about a modem, it connects you to the internet. A router then distributes it to your different devices.
- They are relatively easy to set up if you have a knack for technology.
- Many internet providers offer a combined modem and router.
- The benefit of this is they do all the work, and if there is a problem they can easily troubleshoot it for you.
Why would you want to use your own router?
While there are a large number of internet providers to choose from, four of the most popular include:
- Cox Communications
- Time Warner Cable
All four of these internet providers will allow you to use your own router device.
- Verizon recommends the Fios Quantum Gateway for its service.
- It is fast, secure, and suitable for large homes. If you have this router they will offer you technical support and a two-year warranty.
- If you do want to provide your own router, this option is available with step-by-step tutorials.
- You may have to use your Verizon technology to work as a bridge between their technology and yours.
- Cox Communications have their own preferred all-in-one devices which can either be included or on a monthly rental plan.
- If you would like to supply your own, there are a few things you need to consider and it is worth reading their list of preferred options before purchasing a new dual modem or router.
- They recommend DOCSIS 3.0 or DOCSIS 3.1 to ensure you can get the high speeds you are looking for.
Time Warner Cable
- Time Warner Cable suggests you lease a device as part of your service. This option will get you technical support, free upgrades, and security settings included.
- You can supply your own, but it is suggested you do your research and understand which type of internet plan you are on.
- All the plans have different download speeds so you need something fast enough to handle your usage.
- Your device will need to support IPv6 and it should be noted DOCSIS 1.0/1.X will not work with their services
- AT&T recommends you use one of their chosen routers, which are straightforward to set up.
- If you want to use your own, once again you will need to use the DSL modem as a bridge which requires some basic configuration.
- If you are using U-Verse it gets a bit trickier as you really do need to use their technology. In this case, it is probably best to stick with what you have been supplied.
- Even if you aren’t currently on a high-speed plan if you are going to buy a new router it is worth buying a faster one than you currently need.
- Most of the companies are flexible but it is important to read through the technical specifications to make sure your router matches up to your intended use.
- Do you use your own router with any of these companies? Or do you prefer a 2-in-1 device?