Recently I have been having a bunch of network problems, so I just kind of want to learn more about how to take the best steps to get an awesome, reliable network. I read the article MaxPC had about the best routers, and am kind of itching to get the Netgear RangeMax V1 now. My current situation is I have frontier DSL with a westell 7500 wireless router modem combo unit. I also have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router, that I used up with a Westell 6100 modem until that modem broke and they sent me the 7500. I wasn't able to get the Westell and the Linksys to really play nice; I wasn't able to open ports. So for now I am just sticking with the 7500.
But the Westell is probably a piece of shit compared to the Linksys right? Let alone the Netgear RangeMax V1. I have been told that my Westell is not really a modem, modems are just for cable, right? But whatever it is, are there any tricks to getting the "dsl modem" to work well with a 3rd party router? Like I said, I just haven't been able to get it to open ports through two devices and stuff like that. I read somewhere that I shouldn't even use a 3rd party router with a dsl modem, instead just a wireless access point. But that doesn't seem right.
Do cable high speed internet modems have the same problems with 3rd party routers where you can't open ports? What about fiber?