Thinking of getting my own wireless router as I want dual band and media sharing via a USB port. Is it a "better" solution to have a separate modem and router or just stick with a combined unit? Any suggestions?
A combined unit is neater and should save a little energy. A combined unit will cost you more ~ probably quite a bit more. Some people have reported lower sync speeds with combined units: must depend on the unit and on luck. You'll have more choice on a separate router. With separate units you can put them in different parts of the house which can be handy: depending on house layout etc.