As for the best combo modem router? Check out this Arris and Netgear combo modem.
Best Combo Modem Router
One might want to know what the difference in these two routers is? Well, they are both 24 download channels and wireless AC 1900. So really performance wise, there is none. But the main difference that stands out to us is the Netgear has the well known Netgear interface and firmware that has been preferred by most tech support gurus for decades. Meanwhile the Motorola has the lesser known, lesser used and lesser preferred interface and firmware. I myself only used it once while setting up a combo modem router for my ex and did not like the interface. It felt dumbed down yet complicated and non-intuitive. She only bought it because it was cheaper and since has had to replace it with a separate Comcast cable modem and ASUS router instead of an all in one combo modem router gateway like these. Her house is really large though.
The biggest difference though? The Arris combo modem does not have a USB port. Yes, the Netgear C700 combo does have a USB 2.0 port. Why does this even matter? The USB port allows you to plug in an external hard drive and create a network attached storage so that you may back up your files from any computer in the house and even put your downloaded movies onto it for your smart devices to access them and stream. It’s really ideal for anyone not living in a cave.
For most people the combo modem will be the best option. A combo modem is both the modem and router in one piece of equipment. Because the devices are consolidated, you have a lot less wires and complication to deal with. It is wireless AC1900 so it is great for a small 2 bedroom apartment to small one story house, but do not get this if you have a larger home and multiple floors.
Cons: The reasons I would not go with this combo modem router is because I prefer two devices. Sure it is a single device with less wires to manage, but I prefer two separate devices so if one fails, you only have to replace one. Bottom line? Great coverage, still good for non power users who just want the easiest option for a normal sized living situation. This makes it the best combo modem for Comcast Xfinity, COX, and Time Warner users.
Do I need a combo modem or router?
Yes, you will need a router or a combo modem to get a wireless signal. Here are the differences.
Modem: The required device that picks up the cable internet signal coming into your home. If you have only one computer and do not need wifi internet, you can hook straight into it without a router.
Router: The device that hooks up to the modem and cast a wireless signal and allows more than one computer / device to connect. It also has a built in firewall to protect your network from intrusions.
Combo Modem / Router: Both of those in one piece of equipment to save space and simplify things.