Though only available in selected markets right now, it appears that Rogers is introducing a new modem - the Hitron CDE-30364.
This is yet another gateway modem. Will be interesting to hear reactions from those who get it. Will it be another gateway with poor wireless range and dropped connections or will it be an improvement over the SMC and CISCO gateways? And why will Rogers not give customers what they want - a decent stand alone D3 modem?
I personally never never experienced any majour signal issues with the gateways they have right now. The first thing I did when I got mine was to log into it and change the default wireless channel. You don't know how many people in my neighbourhood are using that channel, like maybe 15 routers, so your guarenteed to get signal problems.
Once I found a clear channel, the problems with the gateway routers went away. The reason for the problem? majority of customers just plug it in and go, they dont setup the wireless security, they dont change the wireless channel, etc.
You're guaranteed to get signal problems with the gateway modems because the router component does not function the way it is supposed to - plain and simple. There are numerous discussion boards where people complain about these issues - not only here, but on other forums like DSL Reports and Digital Forums. The D3 gateways suffer from both poor range and dropped connections. To solve these issues, customers are putting the D3s into bridge mode and using their own routers. If it was a simple matter of changing the channel and your problems would be solved, there would not be nearly as many complaints. The older D2 modems hooked up with your own router never had so many problems and I have never had to change the channel. It is interesting to note that you have previously posted that you wanted nothing to do with a D3 modem because there were in fact so many complaints. Funny that you now have one!
The cisco, the ROUTER does work fine... its the wireless thats flakey.. and causes the bad signal and drops.
I can confirm, that with just using the WIRED portion of the cisco, as a router, has no droped connections. I play online games, where drops like that would easily disconect me. I have never been dropped since i received it.