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Tasuki

So lately I have been having problems when doing stuff online On CoD:WWII online lags really bad to the point where I get killed before I see the other players.on screen. When I am watching shows on Hulu or videos on YouTube they stop several times during the episodes to buffer and even when starting they take awhile to load and I have a Smart TV that says that I can't even connect to anymore. I called my ISP the other day and they say I need a new modem that mine is outdated. I am not sure they could just be trying to sell me something I don't need but honest it makes the most sense and the modem is 4 years old.
Now a friend of mine has suggested that I could save money if I just buy a modem rather then rent one from my ISP so after some quick googling I have a bunch of questions so hopefully I can get some answers here.
First off here is my situation. I live in a two bedroom apartment that's approximately 900 sqft. Right now I have a modem/router combo unit that my PS4 and my son's PS3 is hardwired in. Everything is else is connect via Wi-Fi which includes 2 cell phones, my son's laptop, a Roku streaming stick, a Smart TV, the Switch and 2 3DSes.
1) I want to have at least my son's PS3 and my PS4 hardwired for gaming purposes everything else can be Wi-Fi.
2) I am looking for a reasonable prices
3) Not sure if I should go Modem/Router combo again or Modem with a separate router
4) Needs to work with Comcast as that's who my ISP is.
5) Needs to be good for online gaming like CoD, Overwatch stuff like that.
Any suggestions as to which modem I should get thoughsts advice will be helpful as I am not a techy kinda of person.

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I can't recommend you any. But Are you using Comcast/XFINITY ? If you are, did you not received an email regarding Upgrade equipment with no extra charges sometime during March? We just got ours not long ago cos I completely forgotten about the email.

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Heavyarms55

First confirm with your ISP that you CAN use your own modem. Depending on your region and ISP you sometimes are required to use one they rent to you. Also the modem isn't all you need to be concerned with. If you want to have that many devices hooked up, you want a high quality router too. What's your price range? I could look something up if you want help.

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Tasuki

@Heavyarms55 Well if I ask my ISP of course they will say no lol they want my money, but I know I can cause a few co-workers of mine have done so.

As for price range $150 is about as high as I will go. As for a router I am looking at either a modem/router combo or having them separately which every is the better price and offers the best connection for what I need.

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@Tasuki Of course they want you to go with them. But my concern is whether they will provide the service for you if you choose not to. Don't waste your money buying a new modem and/or router if your ISP wont let you use it. Some put it in their contract that you have to use their equipment. You could check your paperwork if you have the terms of service still.

Anyway, I would suggest you look at Netgear Routers and modems and choose from within your price range. If you're in America, Amazon, Best Buy or Newegg are good sites to compare prices on. Netgear tends to be reasonable and I have used them in the past.

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