From our ISP we have this pretty crappy modem/router combo that, all too often, "breaks" in some way (wifi goes down, internet just dies for 2 seconds, and so on). It often cannot handle the heavier traffic we're doing, and even some standard traffic it should be able to handle can be too much for it. It's kinda random - sometimes it's streaming HD through regular wifi to our TV no problem and the next it's struggling with an online game. We're having talks with our ISP about this but I don't expect our next modem to be any different (we already got another one from them, and it's the same issues).
Now I'm not too network-savvy but I've always had some kind of crappy modem from my ISP, then I would put that in bridge mode or whatever it's called (disable the router function of it), and attach my own, really good and strong router to it. That router then handles all traffic.
I wonder if this is a viable option at all now, or if I should buy a new modem as well? Will the internet disconnects that happen for like 2 seconds no longer happen with this? Assuming my modem is too crap to handle the traffic, will disabling its router function and let an actual good router do the work resolve the issue?
There's gonna be a lot of traffic.
- A lot of in-network streaming, from pc to TV etc.
- A lot of internet streaming, where we are the ones streaming (so UP, not just down)
- Online games, two pc's at the time.