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    I learned something interesting today. I've been having issues with dropouts and poor connection of all devices on my network. It doesn't matter if it's wired or wifi. I called a computer shop that has helped me many times in the past with my business machines and asked if they had a technician who could come to my house.

    Maybe this is old hat to people on this form, maybe not, but I learned something new. A lot of devices people connect to the incoming utility service at their house are a multi-purpose unit. Multi-purpose as in they are a modem and they are a router. In the simplest sense a modem is the device that takes your service providers utility signal and establishes the connection between it and your house. In the simplest sense the router is a device that assigns the IP addresses between all the equipment on your network. The router many times is also the device that sends a Wi-Fi signal throughout your house.

    The solution at my house turned out to be fairly simple. We added a $350 Asus AC5300 Wi-Fi router. We went into the existing multi-use Arris modem/router and turned off all functionality acting as a Wi-Fi device and router. Its only function now is that of a a modem. Thinking of it as stereo gear, it's going from an integrated unit to separate devices. The new Asus unit handles all of the IP assignments and Wi-Fi connections. It's an incredibly powerful Wi-Fi unit. It has multiple antenna and can reach anywhere in my house..

    Now this should be considered a completely unsubstantiated lacking any validation claim. When we were all done and the guy had left, I went into my listening room and turn the music back on. I swear to god the digital sounded significantly better. Regardless of whether that's true or not, I no longer have any dropouts and streaming uncompressed 24 - 96 or larger files to Qobuz no longer drop out. The handshake between Roon Server and Roon remote takes about half the amount of time it used to.

    Anyhow, I think anyone experiencing issues with dropouts might consider this as a solution. Separating your modem and router duties to two separate devices. One device according to the technician at my house can easily become overwhelmed.
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  • #2
    Yes - I can attest to better sound from streaming services when you separate the modem and router too. I ended up with a Netgear Nighthawk though.


    • #3
      This past week I installed a Motorola MB8600 modem and ASUS RT-AX88U router. Prior, we had a Motorola modem/router combo -- separate boxes noticeably improved our network performance.



      • #4
        I’ve only ever had separates, so I don’t know if there is a difference. I do know I would be reluctant to spend much on a router, since they all seem to have fairly limited lifespans (at least as far as WiFi functionality).
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