I had an Actiontec Q1000
DSL modem with a built in router and wireless access point that worked well enough for the last two years. Our internet connection quit last week so CenturyLink sent a tech out who informed us that it had failed. He replaced it with an Actiontec C1000a
Though it appears to be basically the same unit, it sucks. I copied all of the settings from the old router so it should be setup exactly the same but we're still having intermittent connection issues, none of the links work in the HTML-based configuration page when I use chrome and some don't work using IE, and some things that worked before (specifically accessing an MMSH stream using VLC from a webcam on a PC in my living room that I use to keep an eye on the dog) don't work for some reason that I can't find.
Instead of paying CenturyLink $100 for the pile of garbage that I have now, I'd like to buy my own modem and have a separate wireless access point/router/gateway. Furthermore, I want to take a step beyond something that is just serviceable and step up to something good. They have a list here
of supported modems and I confirmed with them that I need one that will support VDSL2. I don't need to buy one off that list though, any VDSL2 modem should work just fine though getting them to troubleshoot it may an issue. I'm confident enough in my own (though somewhat meager) troubleshooting abilities that I don't feel a need to buy one of their supported modems.
Based on a recommendation
from The Wirecutter, I plan to purchase this
router (it will be a while before I have any devices with 802.11AC) and then purchase a straight DSL modem. I hope to get faster connection speeds and keep devices separated so that if one breaks, I don't have to replace the whole thing (especially since the DSL modem seems to be more likely to break and be cheaper to replace).
All of the VDSL2 compatible modems that I can find and are actually available new for purchase seem to either be really expensive, or include a router and/or wireless access point (example here
is the closest I've been able to find to what I want but it still has a router built in that I don't need. My understanding is that the DSL modem itself doesn't have much to do with the connection speeds so, as long as it doesn't break, one is just as good as another.
So my questions are:
1. Is there something better and/or cheaper than this Zhone
modem that I've found?
2. Given that we use the internet a lot, for a lot of different things on many different wired and wireless devices, am I really better off getting a cheap modem and an expensive access point/router?
3. Is there some better solution that I'm overlooking?
Just in case it's relevant, here are the devices that we use:
Two laptops, wireless mostly just internet browsing
Desktop PC used as an HTPC and video streaming
Desktop PC used for downloading through a VPN and gaming (usually online FPS multiplayer)
Work desktop that always uses a VPN
Samsung Galaxy S3
A Zyxel NAS
PS3 on a wired connection