Should I buy my own modem and router?

Episode 1227 (1:33:54)

Frederick from El Segundo, CA
Asus AC3200

Frederick has AT&T for his internet access. He's switching to Time Warner Cable and he's wondering if he'll get the 100 Mbps with the modem they'll be renting him. Or should he buy one himself? Leo says Time Warner will tell him what modems they support and he can then buy that. Leo recommends a DOCSIS 3 modem.

Should he get a modem/router combination unit? Leo says no. Use the router separately and daisy chain them together. He'll save a lot of money over the course of the year by just buying it himself. Leo likes the Arris modems.

As for routers, Leo likes the Asus AC3200. It's their top of the line dual band router, with two bands in the 5 GHz range. It makes sense to buy the router when buying the modem. The old router will be his weak link in the chain. The Wirecutter recommends the TPLink Archer C7, which is just under $100.

Check out this article from the New York Times on Wi-Fi routers.