When renting an Internet connection from our operator, the latter provides us with at least one router, essential equipment to be able to manage Internet access and which also allows us to establish a wired and wireless local network at within the house.
These routers provided by our ISP have had a reputation for years of being, to say the least, poor in functionality and resources, a reputation many gained during the early years of ADSL connections. But it must be recognized that the situation has improved a lot in recent years with fiber and cable.
However, in your case, you may have an older model that may give you some issues or you are just curious whether it would be possible to improve the connection by using a more modern router. At this stage, you have two possibilities: either you contact your operator to offer you a new generation model, free or paid, or you choose to buy yourself one of the so-called “neutral” which offers you the latest news. advantages. .
Is it really necessary to change your carrier’s basic router, can you do it easily, what advantages and disadvantages will you find in doing so?
Why do you want to change it?
Before going like crazy in a store to look for a new model of router, I think that we must first do a reflection exercise on the reasons for changing router: why do we think of doing it? ? offer me the one I already have?
One of the most common reasons for looking for a new router is related to the wireless connection. For example, if despite a good connection with our ISP with hundreds of Mbps, we suffer from frequent WiFi cuts, low Internet access speed, low wireless coverage radius, continuous shutdowns video services such as YouTube or Netflix, then it is normal for us to change the router.
But maybe the problem is saturation of frequency bands due to interference from neighboring networks, something common in buildings with many houses connected to wireless internet, in which case we can do little by purchasing a new model. .
In these situations, it is more advisable to opt for other mixed solutions such as powerline networks with or without WiFi repeaters, mesh type adapters that can be interconnected by cable and different combinations of this type of device.
If the problem is not saturation but rather that the WiFi capacity of your operator’s router is very low but it fulfills the rest of the functions, the easiest way is to choose to install a wireless access point directly. more powerful and of quality by cutting the current directly the network of your operator.
WiFi coverage may not be your problem and what you are looking for are additional functions like USB ports for sharing drives and peripherals, which the router incorporates good user interface, simple to use but powerful that allows us to configure the most common settings (like passwords, turn on and off WiFi, change frequency and power channels, etc.) quickly and without getting lost in eternal menus or that includes a function specific advanced that your router does not have as standard.
This is usually a point to which the equipment provided by the operators usually does not respond, as many of these options are blocked as standard, forcing us to purchase additional equipment if we want to access them. In these cases, it is probably necessary to switch to a new model.
Benefits of replacing the attendant router
A next generation neutral router will be able to give you the latest wireless connectivity giving you access to WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 networks even with mesh capabilities to create a mesh network throughout the house. It will also give you more and better antennas with greater coverage and stability to reduce the likelihood of micro-cuts as long as the frequency bands are not saturated by adjacent networks.
Neutral routers in general will have better internal hardware with more processing power, memory and the ability to work with large volumes of data, being able to meet the demands of multiple devices connected to them without making mistakes (televisions, players, cell phones, computers, consoles, etc.)
They will give you more configuration options and more functions, with no limitations of functionality, locks and give you more freedom to put everything as you like, something very useful if you are an expert user but can be. fuzzy if you don’t have much knowledge of it and are just looking for easy-to-use equipment.
They will offer you more security in your wireless communications with the latest encryption standards such as WP3, the latest in protocols and firmware updates, more frequently and will pay attention to possible security issues with your model. .
They will have better wired connectivity options with faster and more ports than your carrier’s base, offering at least four 1 Gbps Ethernet although in some new generation equipment the 2.5 GHz standard is already enforced. to connect NAS and more demanding devices.
They will also have a more accessible and guided configuration from the mobile applications as well as additional functions aimed at creating networks for the guests, managing the type of content, an antivirus built into the router itself, advanced parental controls, etc.
In addition, there are models clearly focused on advanced gamers that offer features to reduce latency and are able to redirect network power to gaming applications.
Disadvantages of replacing the attendant router
Alright, it seems like all the pros are in changing the router, but before you dust off the credit card there are some downsides you should be aware of.
Para empezar, the mayoría de modelos neutros (sin marca de operadora) that encontraremos en las tiendas no sirven para todos los servicios de nuestro ISP, no son 100% compatible, o la configuración que habría que hacer no es inmediata ni está al alcance de everybody.
In the market, we can find a multitude of neutral routers with good specifications, but only a few of them have a built-in ADSL or cable modem, which is essential if we have one of these connections. Even less is the number of models that we can connect directly to an optical network and that are compatible with VoIP or Internet telephony and television services provided by our operator.
In addition, the neutral router must be compatible with VLANs in order to be able to use the additional services of your ISP, having to know the configuration parameters in each specific case, as this is usually not something that the operator provides us.
That is, the first downside you are going to find is that the router is compatible with the type of connection you have and you can configure the necessary settings relatively easily. If you are an expert network user, you can achieve this with some ease, but if what you are looking for is something like plug and play, it won’t be that simple.
You also have the question of the price, because you will need to make a down payment, and also everything will take place on your account, since in the event of any configuration problems or outages, your operator will not be ready to help you if you are using a router that is not the official one.
This means that in some cases you cannot completely get rid of your carrier’s hardware. For example, you will need to continue to use the ONT or the adapter that turns the fiber optic signal into an electrical signal, unless you also purchase another of these separate pieces of equipment that you will also need to configure yourself.
Therefore, one option before directly replacing the carrier’s router is to continue to use it as an intermediary device between Internet access and your new purchased router. To do this, if possible in the internal configuration, it suffices to put the operator’s router in “bridge” or “bridge” mode so that the new equipment is the one that has the greatest workload, leaving that of your operator only as modem that manages the ISP link.