Reasons to Rethink Your ISP-Provided Router
When you sign up with your internet service provider (ISP) you may also get a modem and router combination. It could be free, a rental, or something you buy outright. Before assuming that is the best device for your needs, weigh up these considerations.
Many ISPs provide you with a proprietary router and modem. Your internet service plan may include it for a rental fee, or you might have to pay over time to buy the device. If that’s the case, find out how much the modem and router would cost to buy outright. You might be able to buy a higher-quality device at a better price.
Other times, ISPs offer free modems and/or routers included with your plan. The price is reasonable, sure, but you could be getting a low-quality device. You might want to upgrade to a better option for not much more money.
What you need to know about modems/routers
Your home network requires a modem, router, or combination device. The latter are growing more common.
The modem connects your home to your ISP through a physical connection. This device translates ISP data into a format your home network devices can use.
The router creates a local area network (LAN) connecting your devices to your modem. This allows your computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to connect to the internet. You’ll have either a wired or wireless router.
In summary, the modem sends and receives internet signals, while the router distributes them to your devices.
What to look for in a router
Before relying on an ISP router, consider the benefits of store-bought devices.
If parental controls are important to you, shop for a router offering those features. You may have parental control apps on your devices, but having the controls on the router can be more effective.
Encourage a safer online environment for children with features such as:
- website filtering;
- content filtering;
- time restrictions;
- safe search;
- device management;
- reports and alerts;
- remote management.
You can also improve network security with a router that allows you to set up a separate guest network. Provide guests with internet access without worrying they can access your private network.
You can also look for a router that supports Quality of Service (QoS). This feature allows you to allocate internet bandwidth to different devices or applications. For example, you can prioritize a work computer with more bandwidth than a gaming console.
Don’t settle for the ISP’s equipment
We’ve given you plenty of reasons to rethink your ISP’s router, yet choosing an alternative could overwhelm you. We can help you identify the right solution for your specific needs. Contact us today at 508-617-1310.