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Networking Hardware

MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
I'll admit I didn't do much of a search, but there doesn't seem to be a "megathread" on Networking like I would expect. It could just be *that old* though.

We've got FiOS at home and we just recently received an offer for their new router, to replace the rebranded Actiontec we have currently. The price isn't horrible -- $200 -- but a bit on the high end. I don't do anything super crazygonuts with my network. I think the most ambitious thing I have planned is to run Cat 5e drops to my kids' bedrooms once they get older.

So the question is whether it's worth it. My wife and I are still debating dropping cable service and just going to web + HD Antenna. The difference in bill price between the two would pay for the router within a year (easily). And, obviously, I would only purchase it if I didn't have to rent it and could buy it outright.

Any thoughts? I can try and dig up some specs later tonight.

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    DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    Is there something wrong with the router you currently have? Sounds like you already have FiOS unless I'm reading your post wrong. Its not clear to me what situation you're in.

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    MugsleyMugsley DelawareRegistered User regular
    Yep, already have FiOS with the older Actiontec. I guess ultimately, I have little faith in the life/durability of routers; especially ones given to me by an ISP.

    On the surface, this seems like a solid upgrade because it essentially updates the infrastructure for the whole network, plus adds native 5G; which I was only getting previously via a WiFi extender.

    Verizon also added Z-Wave connectivity to the new router, but I don't have devices in the home that can take advantage of it. I'm not sure if I ever will, so I'm not ready to call this a plus, so much as I'm informing others here.

    Yes, I'm aware of custom firmware such as DDWRT and Tomato. I am wary of using it, for fear of bricking the router due to some odd back-end software that Verizon uses to keep things running. And I would much rather use the router itself than connect a third-part router and use that for all my home networking needs.

    That all being said, I was curious if anyone had any experience using the new router, but it may just be too new.

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