I would like to change my home network equipment but before doing so I would like some suggestions as to what to purchase for my case.
At the momment my current home network setup is this:
1) I use a really, really, crappy DSL modem/router with WiFi in order to have access to the Internet
2) I can only use a particular RJ 32 telephone port which is located to my brother's room which is in the front side of the house. I cannot use other telephone ports because they are damaged or have old/bad cables and they mess up with the Internet connection.
3) Because the WiFi signal sucks and I do not have a stable Internet Connection with WiFi, I'm using a long 50m Cat6 ethernet cable which comes across from the Front side of the house to the back side via the rooftop.
4) In my room, I'm using another wifi router with DHCP, Firewalls and many other features disabled because I do not want to have problems with the Internet connection, also the other router has firewall and DHCP enabled as well. I'm only using it as Switch/Hub and as a WiFi access point.
Because I need to replace my crappy modem/router I'm thinking of purchasing a Gigabit Modem/Router with USB ports which will have extra features such as BitTorrent & FTP downloading straight to the attached HDD and a better WiFi signal and since I'm going to use these extra features, a Gigabit network connection will come in handy for pulling data from the attached HDD.
Of course, that will mean I'll have to replace my room's router with another Gigabit WiFi router or Switch/Hub.
If the new Modem/Router's WiFi is good I'll just use a switch.
Also, I have noticed many suggest using a separate modem and router but why?
In my little knowledge, the Network settings will become more complicated, you will have to configure two firewalls if both enabled etc.
For the time being I have an ASUS DSl-N66U in mind which has those extra features I need
It's price is 151€ or 120£