I've recently switched ISPs, and the new one provided me with a modem (that what you call those things?) that doubles as a router.
I used a router on my previous ISP for wireless networking, but I've since taken it out of the equation to simplify things.
Basically, my setup went from:
WiMax Cable -> Modem -> MyRouter -> PC/Laptop
Broadband Cable -> Modem/Router -> PC/Laptop
But, there are some problems.
For one thing, my ISP forbids me from changing my router password. I'm not concerned about security, as the password is long and complex enough, but that's the problem - every time a guest comes over and asks for access I have to recite this long string from a box. I'd much rather have my own password that I change regularly.
Second, during times of questionable connectivity, I often restart the modem. And I'm pretty sure that would also take down the wireless network, right?
Finally, the modem/router's range is pretty poor. My own router can at least spread the connection beyond the house. This one can barely push it out of the room it's in.
So, I want to change my setup from above, into this:
Broadband Cable -> Modem/Router -> MyRouter -> PC/Laptop
I'll be treating the Modem/Router as a Modem and plug in to my router via LAN cable.
What I want to know is:
- Will it affect my internet connectivity / introduce latency etc., etc.
- Will it affect my network / jumble up IP addresses and make local connections more of a pain than it already is.