Frequently asked questions and answers
Note: Service providers generally want you to use their wireless routers. Unless it's free, you shouldn't use one from your ISP. Virtually all routers work with all home broadband services, and choosing your own gives you the option of getting the best device for your home. That's also true if your ISP offers a modem/router combo device for free. In that case, you'd be stuck with a device that is, more often than not, far behind what you can get on the market. A combo device also limits your flexibility for upgrades, replacements, and repairs. Some ISPs don't allow you to buy your own, though, so be sure to check. For now, if you really want a combo device and currently use cable Internet, the newSBG6782-AC Surfboard eXtreme combo device from Motorola is about the only good option.
Note: While it's cool and convenient to have a router with built-in network storage features, keep in mind that this type of router is always inferior in performance and features to adedicated NAS server. On top of that, since they're just add-on features, the router might not provide the same level of security as a dedicated NAS. Consequently, network storage via a USB-enabled router should be used only for casual data sharing and streaming needs.