I currently have the Pace 5268AC from Sonic — which seems to be used for gigabit fiber too -- of course this would be the easiest solution! https://help.sonic.com/hc/en-us/articles/235970068-Pace-5268AC But the tech on the phone said Sonic would take what I have and bring something new, which confused me.
I currently get about 11 Mbps download speed and 0.8 Mpbs upload (same wireless MacBook Air + older wired MacBook Pro). I'm not gaming. I do stream movies and would love to be able to text someone a photo and also use the internet (which currently my connection often craps out on). I also can't easily backup to the cloud at home bc it's way too slow and freezes everything I'm doing. Ditto with the Signal app -- something about the wifi has a hard time with this. TLDR: I don't need monster speeds but would be happy to get 300-400 Mbps (or thereabouts). I have a small (one bedroom) apartment and am mostly the only one using this — and generally in the room where the equipment is.
The tech said, if I want to buy my own equipment, I should look for a "gigabit fiber" router — when I search this specific term on Amazon, very few relevant results come up. There are many results that mention "gigabit" — but those mostly don't seem to mention "fiber" (I don't know if these are redundant terms, or if both need to be mentioned).
I did find this list of best gigabit routers — but I can't tell if all of these would be fine or not. I'd love to know if this list is a good (relevant) guide, or how I would know if something on this list would NOT work. https://heavy.com/tech/2018/03/top-10-best-gigabit-routers-of-2018
Elsewhere on the board I saw the Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 mentioned, but I just don't know that I need that much power. Someone also mentioned the Peplink SUS-SOHO-T Pepwave Surf Soho MK3 Router.
I'd love to know what equipment Sonic is currently using for its own routers so I could compare stats + terminology. It would be great if anyone could say, "search these terms and make sure it's capable of up to ?? Mbps." Also looking for easy set-up (as you can likely tell from this post).
I know folks mention the importance of a wired connection for high speeds but for those of us with MacBook Airs, it's just not an option (unless I'm missing something).
THANK YOU for any help you can provide (or links to other posts that cover this). The more specific the recommendations, the better.