Unless you foresee a change in line technology, I'd go for a combination. One less box to worry about. I have had a couple of ADSL modem + 4 port router + wifi boxes, and they do just fine. 3 wired ports in use and about 6 wireless devices. Whatever you get, make sure you lock down the admin access.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
Go for the two in one option if oyu have a choice.
I don't have a choice as my ISP provides me with a fibre router(fibre cable in and one cat5 out) - I run a router/gateway off that.
My main computers then run off the gateway via Cat5 and I also have the wireless, on the gateway, switched on so that I can use mobile devices around the flat.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
I look at the specs on various motherboards, and don't see anything about the number of monitors they will support.
A low-end motherboard will usually have onboard video capable of supporting one monitor. However, higher level motherboards will not have onboard video. For them, you must purchase and install one or more graphics cards.
The difficult we do right away...
...the impossible takes slightly longer.
Motherboards normally only support 1 or 2 monitors, one on VGA and the other on some digital. If you're going to run 3 monitors, seriously, forget on-board video. It usually sucks ass. You're going to get a separate video card.
You start with which CPU you're going to run, then you go to the motherboard and RAM. Which one you get depends on what you're going to do with the thing and whether or not you're going to tweak the chipset to eek out every bit of speed you can get.
On my rig, I have an Asus P8-P67 motherboad and run dual GTX770's, and (3) 24" monitors.
I am no expert in these things. But I do know that I can read such properties from the Networking interface, or from the Device manager (if you're having Windows). Otherwise, you can always check for the Mac address for your own system (Read the manual?)
The sh*t I complain about
It's like there ain't a cloud in the sky and it's raining out - Eminem
~! Firewall !~
If you commit to buying several thousand processor chips and sign an NDA Intel might give you some information. Otherwise you'll just have to wait like the rest of us.
25+ years ago I used to work for a company that was big enough for Intel to give us almost anything just for asking. If we wanted to know about a new product they would send along several people to give us presentations. Back then they would give us real paper data books and programming manuals. I really rather miss all that now.
In my in-laws house they have plenty of Windows computers and one iMac (my mother in-law).
They have all the computers, consoles, TV's and a myriad of devices connected through powerline adapters.
The iMac is connected trough WIFI.
When accessing a specific web site (one of the most visited sites in Spain and of course the starting site of the safari configuration in my in-law iMac) some times it appears the following message:
"BAD GATEWAY, The proxy server received an invalid response from an upstream server"
Of course no proxy server is configured neither a proxy is there...
Wifi signal oscillates from maximum to almost nothing, and seeing that I connected another powerline to the iMac, automatically the computer took a set of correct IP configuration values.
Even with the powerline the message still appears...
Being that one the first time I touched an iMac or an iSomething... could any of you give me a clue to follow?