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Best Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Routers & Modems For 2019

General Use | Long Range Routers | Streaming Routers | Gaming Routers | Modems | Modem/Router Combos

Looking for a router upgrade or trying to save money by cutting the $8.99/month fee charged by Cincinnati Bell? Below, you will find a list of the top-rated routers for general use, larger homes, streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), and for gamers.

It’s worth noting that Cincinnati Bell has 2 major speed groupings with their plans. The lower plans offer 5 – 50 Mbps and the faster plans are 250 Mbps to 1 Gbps. If you are in the slower grouping, some of these higher-end routers will be overkill as they are made to support the higher speeds.

The equipment provided by Cincinnati Bell is a modem/router combo, so you must also factor in purchasing a modem to connect your new router to, or you can purchase a modem/router combo if you want the convenience of one device.

Choosing the best modem/router below will be determined on the size of your house, what exactly you want to do with the internet, and how long you expect to have the service. A good guide to follow is that you will be saving $107.88 for every year you don’t lease from Cincinnati Bell. If you are trying to save money or trying to get a tech upgrade you can choose accordingly.


Best General Use Routers – Cincinnati Bell

Specs: Single-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $24.83

Advantages: Easy to set up and has great value on features and performance for the price.

Disadvantages: Antennas are non-removable and it has no USB ports.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $89.90

Advantages: Very stable wireless signals and performance. Great data rates on the 5GHz band.

Disadvantages: Firmware is a little buggy and the USB ports dont support USB 3.0 standard.

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Specs: Tri-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $135.95

Advantages: Easy to install and manage. Has solid throughput performance.

Disadvantages: Limited parental controls and lacks built-in malware protection.

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Best Long Range / For Large Home Routers – Cincinnati Bell

Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $99.99

Advantages: Very easy setup with good performance for the price.

Disadvantages: Features and software is somewhat lacking.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $133.99

Advantages: Affordable router with strong short and long range performance. Useful features.

Disadvantages: Only one USB 3.0 port and AiMesh is not as good as dedicated mesh systems.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $259.00

Advantages: Simple setup with strong and constant speeds. Makes updates on its own.

Disadvantages: Lacks some advanced features and has no USB ports for network storage or backup.

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Specs: Tri-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $379.94

Advantages: Extremely fast, excellent build quality, and constant firmware and features updates.

Disadvantages: Fastest speeds over other systems but can sometimes be inconsistent. Limited USB functionality.

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Best Routers For Streaming – Cincinnati Bell – Cincinnati Bell

Specs: Single-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $24.83

Advantages: Easy to set up and has great value on features and performance for the price.

Disadvantages: Antennas are non-removable and it has no USB ports.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $139.00

Advantages: Prioritizes network with MU-MIMO technology. Multiple USB ports and four spatial streams.

Disadvantages: Setting customization can take a while. Very low flash memory and no wireless bridge mode.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $189.90

Advantages: Good port selection and very fast/strong on 5GHz. Prioritizes network with MU-MIMO technology.

Disadvantages: Pricier router, software interference and USB performance could use some work.

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Best Gaming Routers – Cincinnati Bell

Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $133.99

Advantages: Affordable router with strong short and long range performance. Useful features.

Disadvantages: Only one USB 3.0 port and AiMesh is not as good as dedicated mesh systems.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $143.99

Advantages: Very stable router with long range reach. Class leading USB performance with a slick design.

Disadvantages: Ports are not all consolidated on the rear. Setup not as stright forward as it could be.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $249.99

Advantages: Excellent software and overall performance. Very fast 2.4GHz and 5GHz throughput.

Disadvantages: Wireless bridge not supported and only one USB 3.0 port.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $263.75

Advantages: Easy to install with tons of extra features for gamers. Great close range throughput.

Disadvantages: Middling long-range performance and router is expensive.

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Best Modems – Cincinnati Bell

Best for speed plans up to: 300 Mbps

Approximate Price: $66.00

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Best for speed plans up to: 650 Mbps

Approximate Price: $77.99

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Best for speed plans up to: 1000 Mbps

Approximate Price: $148.49

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Best Modem Router Combos – Cincinnati Bell

Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $119.00

Advantages: Very easy setup. Cost effective modem/router that will quickly save you money.

Disadvantages: Can’t exceed speeds of 300 Mbps and not great for larger homes.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $129.97

Advantages: Easy setup with great coverage for the price.

Disadvantages: Mixed results on the 5Ghz channel. Can’t exceed 350 Mbps.

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Specs: Dual-band 802.11 N

Approximate Price: $189.10

Advantages: Easy setup and performs well in all areas for a modem/router combo.

Disadvantages: Can’t exceed 400 Mbps.

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