Dear Lifehacker, I am moving into a new place and the place has VDSL2 cable internet – hooray! However, the modem supplied only has one output on it, and I am planning to connect five devices to it. Am I best off purchasing a wireless router and attaching that to it, or hunting for a wireless VDSL modem? Thanks, Cabled Wireless
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We’d start by contacting your internet service provider and seeing if they can upgrade your modem for a model with inbuilt Wi-Fi. That way, if anything goes wrong they wont be able to lay the blame on your third-party equipment.
If your ISP cannot offer a wireless VDSL modem for whatever reason (or wants to charge too much for it), we’d go for the separate router approach. Wireless routers are generally more affordable and you’re less likely to run into troubleshooting problems if you stick to the modem supplied by your provider.
If you’re unsure about what to look for in a wireless router, this Router Hardware 101 post will guide you through the basics.
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