Home Networking Gear

09 November 2017

Not only will you have a blazing fast Internet connection and WiFi network with these products, but you will also save money. That's right. Renting a cable modem and WiFi router from Comcast costs money. Continuing (somehow) to have a phone line costs money. With this setup you will own a faster cable modem, you will own a faster, more reliable WiFi router, and you will not pay a monthly fee for a phone line or cable modem. Ready?

cable modem
Cable Modem
Arris Surfboard cable modem
  • ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0
  • $97.99 · Amazon

The ARRIS SURFboard connects your home to the outside world (Comcast for example), and it's surprisingly easy to set up. Just screw the cable that comes out of your wall into it. Then call your Internet provider and tell them the modem's serial number. When you have the strength to leave your house, take the old modem to your Internet provider's retail store. Your bill should decrease since you aren't renting a modem anymore, but I would double check your next bill to make sure.

eero wifi router
WiFi Router
eero WiFi System
  • eero Home WiFi System
  • $318.99 · Amazon

The eero provides wireless Internet connectivity in your home. I know it's expensive, but it's so much more than your typical router. It uses mesh technology to make the connections between your devices and modem much faster and more reliable. You can save some money by purchasing only one beacon instead of two. Installation requires the eero mobile app, connecting an Ethernet cable between your cable modem and the eero, and plugging in the beacons in different rooms.

eero wifi router
Ethernet Switch
netgear ethernet switch
  • Netgear 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
  • $18.95 · Amazon

A switch allows you to connect multiple devices to your router using Ethernet cables. Why is this important? Devices like your TV, Blu-ray player, Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, etc. all want (or may even require) an Internet connection. If they are communicating with the outside world, they may steal bandwith from your wireless network that your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook want. However, if you connect them directly to your router, they won't disrupt your home's wireless network. The problem is the eero does not have a bunch of extra Ethernet ports. That's where the switch helps! It turns the eero's extra port into five ports. To set up the switch just connect one of the eero's Ethernet ports to one of the switch's Ethernet ports using an Ethernet cable. Simple.

ooma telephone
Telephone
ooma voip phone and handset
  • Ooma Telo Phone Service
  • $119.44 · Amazon

Do you live with someone who won't give up a home phone even after you remind them that it's 2018? Fortunately there is an affordable solution. Ooma is a one-time purchase VOIP service. Setting it up requires a few clicks on their website, choosing a phone number, and connecting it to your Ooma using the provided Etherent cable.

ethernet cable
Ethernet Cable
ethernet cable
  • AmazonBasics RJ45 Cat7 Ethernet Cable
  • $6.50 · Amazon

Connect your other Internet-connected devices to your new Ethernet switch using these cables to decrease your wireless network's traffic. For example, I have a TV, Blu-ray player (yes, a Blu-ray player), and Apple TV connected to my switch. I don't own an Xbox or PlayStation because I'm afraid of becoming addicted to video games. I only play Civilization 6 a couple times per year and that satisfies me.

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