Windstream Approved Modems Buying Guide
Before buying the modem, consider these features to get the most suitable device.
The easiest option is to rent one from the voice and data provider, but it will set you back $9.99 monthly for the modem-router combo. Additionally, if you want enhanced speeds, it will run you $11.99.
The combo option sums to $119.88 per year, and the enhanced speed pack will cost $143.88 annually. A modem costs about the same price, so it makes economic sense to buy one because it will pay for itself in one or two years, depending on the model.
Modem or Modem/Router Combo
A modem is a device used to receive the internet while a router distributes it via cable or wirelessly. Generally, it is better to get the two as separate devices, but they only come as combos for Windstream-approved modems.
However, you can convert the device into a modem only by bridging it, then connecting it to any router of your choice. The process is a bit technical but comes in handy when enhancing the wireless signal coverage in a large home.
Your internet plan is another vital factor to consider because the modem can reduce your speeds if it does not match your subscription data rate. Take note of the actual speed, not the maximum, and get a modem that delivers higher speeds than your internet plan if possible.
Number of Devices
Routers usually have a maximum limit for the number of devices you can connect to it so check this feature to ensure all your internet-enabled appliances can connect simultaneously. Usually, the number is 250 for most routers, but it might be different in the combo device.
Another critical factor to consider is the size of your home. Large homes need a powerful Wi-Fi signal to cover the entire space. Generally, though, the stronger the Wi-Fi is, the better.