Advice On Routers
My daughter sent hubby and I  Kindle Fire. We can’t do anything because we don’t have WiFi. We have Spectrum [Charter] internet and TV.
I contacted spectrum and they said we need a router. Charter says we can buy our own router retail as long as it’s compatible spectrum internet. This is what they recommend, “draft 802.11N router with a built-in gigabit switch. Most 802.11GB and some draft 802.11N routers have built-in full-duplex 10/100 Ethernet switch, which can p;prohibit achieving appropriate speeds. Use a router that provides concurrent dual-band wireless-AC connections.”
Can someone explain in simple terms what all this means? Appreciate suggestions as to which router to purchase.
I just did some checking for you. The one you are mention here is over priced. You could get an AC router for 6.00 bucks more.
I found this one on Best Buy
Linksys – N600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router – Black 59.99.
This one is recommended by charter NETGEAR N750 Dual Band 4 Port Wi-Fi Gigabit Router (WNDR4300) 59.99 Amazon
Looking around for the price this might be the better bang for the buck. The one you mentioned is it on charters list? That is an older one. You will more then likely have to do what is called a firm ware update as well on anyone you get. Some older models no longer have that option.
Your Has friend,
I rent. I pay for convenience. If something goes wrong, my ISP will send me a new one free of charge. I’ve changed out my modem at least 3 times already. It’s just easier for me that way.
Is there anyway to tell if your home has more than 1 router?
We bought a great router. After a few years our laptops,andriods etc., just weren’t running as well. We now rent a router from Charter. Routers need to be upgraded every few years or so. Charter backs up their products, plus they will come to your home. We actually had a family member,connect directly into our router(with out asking) It was a mess. We changed our router’s password ( Charter doesn’t recommend doing this, however the new password is in a safe spot,never to be lost) Our home is safe!
MHA1012 & CUPATEA & FEDXGUY and all who replied,
Thank you for great explanations and advice. For novice as myself, you kept it simple.
What do you think about Cisco Linksy’s EA3500 App Enabled N750 dual-Band Wireless Router w/Gigabit & USB? Price 70.
The letters after “draft 802.11” indicate the speed of the wireless connection. In order of speed, they are B, G, N, and AC, which broadcasts on two bands (hence the two letters). For your Kindles, N would be quite sufficient as they don’t have dual band receivers. The gigabit switch refers to the port that your computer would plug into. Unless your computer has a gigabit ethernet port, you would get by with a 10/100 port. (Most computers except the newest ones have a 10/100 port.) Gigabit ports are called 10/100/1000 ports. So, for your Kindles, you should need only a router that broadcasts 802.11N and has 10/100 ports.
You could rent a router from Comcast/Spectrum, but what you pay in rent, you could pay for your own router in six to nine months easily. Netgear, Belkin, and Linksys all make good routers. One word of caution–If your computer runs Windows 10, make sure the router you choose has or can download Windows 10 drivers.
Of course, you can easily bypass all of this by purchasing a USB/microUSB cable and connect your Kindles directly to your computer and just download your content directly to your device! Do a search for “connecting Kindle to my computer” for directions.
I have charter and what I am using for a router is a Linksys 160N. I would suggest either the netgear “N” or Linksys N style router. With charter oh and I do agree they want you to rent from them.
If you buy your own router they might not help you install it.
It is not hard to do. You plug it into the modem. then You will have to go on to the routers website. You can leave the router at default setting except for the password. You should make your router secure so that only you can use it for your wifi items like your kindle fire.
There are instructions that come with it and are pretty much self explanatory.
Charter has a support section and they have pages as to what routers are compatible with their system.
You could go to Best buy or do a check on amazon and see what others are buying and recommend.
The AC routers are a bit more expensive then the N style routers. You should be getting at least 65 mega bytes of speed with your hard wired Modem the one connected to your computer. With that said. You will not receive that amount of speed on any other device. With the kindle fires you will not noticed it.
I have several laptops and a desktop in my house. My desktop is my main computer and my modem and router are wire to it. I do get the speed of 65 mega bytes per second only on my desktop. I have an AC wife in one of my laptops and with all the new changes that Charter did I do not receive any where near the speed like I use to.
I do think that if I rented their equipment that my speed on my other devices would be much better. That is where they have us either rent and get maximum speed on all devices or not and get minimum speed on you other devices.
I hope all this info is not to tech for you. But with that all said get a router that is N as I know they are compatible with Charter.
Your HSN friend,
You will pay 10-12 dollars a month to rent the router from Charter.
I would recommend Luma. You can get 1 for 1000 sq feet of wifi coverage….2 for 2000 sq ft…etc. They will work together if you have more than one and extend coverage.
You install the 1st one to the modem…..if you need more they just plug in the wall and recognize there is the first one (the Hub).
They are very friendly to hook up and no company will be happier to take all the time it takes to get you running with a tech on the phone.
No problem with being compatible. Charter made it sound way too complicated because they want to rent you one forever.
@TIAM02….HI, here is my suggestion. It is obvious that you are not familiar with routers and how they work. Yes, you could go out and buy a router but who is going to install and service it? They can be a little tricky to set up. I checked with Spectrum (Charter) and they would do it all for you. Why aren’t you considering that? Anyway, I have had very good luck with Netgear routers. Good Luck.
I copied Spectrum’s information on compatible routers. So I got to thinking, why should I rent when I can own?
Thank you for for input.
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04.13.17 8:40 PM