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The 5 Best 3 in 1 3D Printers 2022 (with Laser Engraving & CNC!)

Ideally, we would all own one machine that could complete every manufacturing task required – a 3D laser printer that printed, laser cut, CNC carved, and more. While not quite there yet, 3 in 1 3D printers offer jack-of-all-trades versatility across 3D printing, CNC machining, and laser engraving – to various levels.

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These printers, sometimes called multifunction 3D printers or AIO 3D printers, feature removable tool heads that can be switched out to change their function. If you want to create a prototype and want to carve a wood model first, use the CNC machine, and then switch back to the 3D printer extruder to create the final plastic prototype.

Having tested dozens of 3D printers over the years, including our top pick, the Snapmaker 2.0, we’ve collated our findings into our top recommendations for 3-in-1 3D printers to help you make the best choice for you.

Name and brandType of printerBuild volume (mm)PriceAvailable at:
Snapmaker 2.03 in 1 3D printerVaries by model$1,199-$1,799Snapmaker here
Snapmaker Original3 in 1 3D printer125 x 125 x 125$450Snapmaker here
ZMorph Fab4 in 1 3D printer250 x 235 x 165$4,000Amazon here
Creality CP-013 in 1 3D printer200 x 200 x 200$819Amazon here
Ecubmaker TOYDIY4 in 1 3D printer180 x 180 x 180$549Amazon here
5axismakerCNC mill 3D printerVaries by model£5,500 / £6,800
Diabase H-Series3D printer CNC hybridDepends on number of axes$9,750+

How good are all in 1 3D printers?

Naturally, focusing on being good enough at everything means some quality is lost in some areas. Elites athletes could not compete at the top of the NBA, NFL, and NHL simultaneously – even Michael Jordan couldn’t crack baseball – and the same is true for less specialized all in 1 3D printers.

That doesn’t mean that the 3D printer and laser engraver hybrids we recommend don’t perform well. For hobbyist projects, 3D laser printers are great – but we do not recommend starting a full-service manufacturing company after buying a desktop 3D printer laser engraver CNC mill machine.

The criteria we used to judge the best 3 in 1 3D printers

In rating the 3 in 1 3D printers we recommend below, we compared:

  • 3D printer quality: most of these 3 in one 3D printers are made by 3D printer companies and are mostly focused on additive manufacturing. Therefore, the 3D printer’s quality is key.
  • CNC mill power: some CNC machines cannot fully mill, but just engrave. More powerful CNC machines spin faster, can carve tougher materials, and work more accurately and for longer.
  • Laser engraver power: as with the CNC machine, some all in 1 laser engraver 3D printers can only engrave, whereas others can cut through materials.
  • How easy is it to change the tool heads: it’s all well and good having powerful tool heads that work perfectly, but if they’re too difficult or delicate to switch out, they may as well only have one function.
  • Effectiveness of software: most of our recommendations feature specialized software that can slice models for 3D printing, and prepare CNC and laser projects. The best software is easy to use, yet effective and reliable across every function.

The Best All in 1 3D printers

Snapmaker 2.0 – comes in 3 forms: A150, A250 & A350

  • Price: $1,199 to $1,799 — Best price on Snapmaker Store here / Available on Amazon here
  • Build volumes: A150 = 160 x 160 x 145 mm / A250 = 230 x 250 x 235 mm / A350 = 320 x 350 x 350 mm
  • Type: 3D in 1 3D printer: 3D printing, CNC and laser engraving

The Snapmaker Original already made waves when it raised over $2. 2M on Kickstarter, but the Snapmaker 2.0 completely obliterated that by becoming the most funded technology project in the history of Kickstarter, raising an astonishing $7.85M. Thousands of elated fans who loved the Snapmaker Original came back to support the new version, and it has remained the most popular all in 1 3D printer since its full release.

We have tested and reviewed the Snapmaker 2.0, and waxed lyrical about how great it was. It is undoubtedly the best 3-in-1 3D printer around, offering a fantastic 3D printing experience, as well as a great CNC carving and laser option. Arguably you could even call it a 4-in-1 3D printer, as you can also buy the 4-axis rotary module add-on which turns the laser and CNC toolheads into 360-degree, 4-axis versions. We carved cylindrical chess pieces, engraved cylinder gift boxes, and more with this add-on.Using the 4-axis rotary module to CNC carve a lion.

The 3D printer can print PLA, ABS and flexible filaments like TPU, and with WiFi connectivity as well as a USB port you can print remotely online, or offline using a USB. The portable and movable touchscreen used to operate the printer looks and acts like a smartphone, simplifying your workflow and making it easy to control and manage projects.

Moreover, the filament run out detector automatically pauses your print when you run out, giving you time to load more filament and resume without ruining your print, and if you buy the enclosure add-on you can more easily print ABS to prevent warping — and it’ll keep dust in from CNC, and the laser brightness out of your eyes.A vase we 3D printed with the Snapmaker 2.0.

As a laser engraver, you can create contrasting images on fabrics, leather, plywood and acrylic materials. The built-in camera lets you remotely monitor your design and ensure everything goes smoothly. It’s an effective low-cost 3D laser printer. We also tested it as a laser cutter, and managed to cut out and assemble a gift box from a thin sheet of soft wood 1.5mm thick.The Snapmaker 2.0 also works as a laser cutter as well as a 3D printer.

The CNC machine can carve designs on walnut, PCB woods, as well as carbon fiber sheets, acrylic and hardwood. A key upgrade on the 2.0 is the increased speed, meaning that larger projects can be created in record time.

Overall, we highly recommend the Snapmaker 2.0 models, of which we tested the largest version — the Snapmaker 2.0 A350. You can optionally buy the enclosure, 4-axis rotary module, and the new 10W powerful laser toolhead, but we did not try the 10W laser add-on.

For our CNC & laser review: we tested the Snapmaker 2.0 CNC and laser toolheadsThe finished lion CNC carved piece, from the Snapmaker 2.0 3-in-1 3D printer.

We recommend picking up the enclosure for safer and more consistent making, as well as spare bits for CNC. Snapmaker’s store has all these in one place, which you can visit here.

Snapmaker Original — good starter laser engraver 3D printer

  • Price: $439 — Available on Snapmaker Official Site here / Available on Amazon here
  • Build Volume: 125 x 125 x 125 mm
  • Type: 3 in 1 3D printer: 3D printing, CNC and laser engraving

Snapmaker came out and made headlines when they raised an incredible $2. 2M on Kickstarter for their first all in 1 3D printer, the Snapmaker Original. Functional as a small 3D printer as well as able to carve wood and engrave images on phone cases and other materials, the Snapmaker Original captured the hearts of many makers worldwide, becoming a roaring success.

  • You can also buy an enclosure for the printer here.

The 3D printer’s heated bed can reach up to 80C, allowing for the printing ABS as well as PLA. It’s precise, with up to 50-micron layer resolutions. The heavy metal frame anchors the printer down and improves stability and durability, with the heavier frame less susceptible to vibrations that could affect print quality and surface finish.

The CNC carver can create intricate details in areas up to 90 x 90 x 50 mm, and the laser engraver works on areas up to 125 x 125 mm.

Snapmaker’s 3 in 1 software, Snapmaker Luban, can 3D print, CNC and laser engrave all in one platform and switch seamlessly between each tool head.

Snapmaker claim you can build the 3D printer in just 10 minutes, and that switching out tool heads to change the all-in-one 3D printer’s function is very simple. Highly rated by makers as one of the best 3 in 1 3D printers in its price range, the Snapmaker have since recently followed up the Original with the Snapmaker 2.0, with larger build volumes and a higher price tag.A selection of wood and other material parts carved using the Snapmaker Original’s CNC tool head. Source: snapmaker.com

ZMorph Fab — 4 in 1 3D printer

  • Price: $3,999 for the full set — Available on Matterhackers here / 3DPrima Europe here
  • Build Volume: 250 x 235 x 165 mm
  • Type: 4 in 1 3D printer: with CNC milling, laser cutting & engraving, and thick paste extruder
  • Country based: Poland

Polish 3D printer company ZMorph make some of the most versatile all in 1 3D printers around, with the Fab able to 3D print, CNC machine, engrave and laser cut, and can even be switched into a food 3D printer using ZMorph’s thick paste extruder. This edible material option can print chocolate, as well as other similar materials like icing and cooking dough.

  • We also have a ranking of the best food 3D printers.
  • We also have a ranking of the best chocolate 3D printers.

ZMorph 3D printers are famed for their reliability and workhorse-like qualities, with the Fab no different. It’s a great 3D printer, with a high-quality heated bed that can comfortably 3D print ABS, HIPS, and other tougher filaments like Nylon. The printer can level itself automatically, and turn from a 3D printer to laser engraver or CNC router with ease.

Additionally, with the dual head option, the ZMorph performs well as a dual extruder 3D printer, able to 3D print multiple colors, or soluble support materials such as HIPS and PVA, and even blend two colors together for multiple different shades in one part. The 3D laser printer CNC hybrid can be adjusted to print both 1.75mm and 3mm 3D printer filaments, and has a large enough build area to print even the largest of projects.

Using ZMorph’s CNC tool head, the ZMorph becomes a powerful CNC mill 3D printer that can mill and engrave almost any type of wood, as well as other materials like acrylic glass and EVA foam. The 300W power mills distances of up to 120mm/s, and ZMorph recommend a cutting depth of up to 0.5mm.

The Laser PRO tool head turns the Fab into a laser engraver 3D printer capable of burning and engraving plywood and many other types of wood, cardboard, leather, and acrylic glass using its powerful yet compact 2.8W blue laser. Though the default speed is 15mm/s, the laser can work up to 120mm/s for faster engraving.

ZMorph’s Voxelizer 2 software acts as a 3D slicer for 3D printing parts, as well as offering CAD CAM software features for CNC and laser cutting models, all in one. Overall, it’s a fantastic and extremely versatile all in one 3D printer, and the closest available option to a full manufacturing suite machine.The ZMorph CNC tool head creating a design from wood. Source: ZMorph on Medium.

Creality CP-01

  • Price: $819 — Available on Amazon here
  • Build Volume: 200 x 200 x 200 mm
  • Type: 3 in 1 3D printer: 3D printer, CNC & laser engraving

Creality make the current most popular affordable 3D printers in the world, including the Ender 3, Ender 5, and CR-10 ranges. The Creality CP-01 is their venture into the all-in-1 3D printer sector, offering CNC carving and laser engraving along with their 3D printer.

  • We also have a ranking of the best cheap 3D printers.

As a 3D printer, it features a good 200 x 200 x 200 mm print volume, and comes with a heated bed that can reach up to 100C. These temperatures mean that ABS, HIPS and TPU 3D printing should be no problem, and in theory means you could even try printing filaments like Polycarbonate and carbon fiber.

The textured glass print bed should help with adhesion and reduce warping, and the direct drive extruder also makes flexible filament 3D printing easier in most cases.

As a laser engraver, the Creality CP-01 3-in-1 3D printer features 0.5W laser tool, which can engrave areas of up to 100 x 90 mm. The engraver can create contrasting greyscale art on paper, plastics, and wood.

As a CNC carver, the CP-01 features a 4800RPM spinning CNC spindle capable of carving plastics, wood and PCB. It can carve the same sized areas as the 3D printer, at 200 x 200 mm.

The CP-01 comes with Creality’s own Workshop 3D printer software, which supports engraving and CNC functions. For 3D printing, Creality’s standalone Creality Slicer works well.

Overall, it resembles the Snapmaker and appears to offer similar specs and functions, so we will have to see if the kings of cheap 3D printers can compete in the all in 1 3D printer sector.Each of the Creality CP-01’s tool heads for 3D printing, CNC cutting and laser engraving.

5axismaker — Great CNC 3D printer

  • Price: £5,500 / £6,800 depending on size
  • Build volume: 5xm400 = 400 x 400 x 400mm / 5xm600 = 600 x 600 x 400mm
  • Type: 2 in 1 3D printer with CNC milling

London-based 5axismaker have developed an excellent 3D printer CNC machine multi use 3D printer that comes in two main sizes to cover your manufacturing needs:

  • 5axismaker 5xm400 model: 400 x 400 x 400 mm build volume
  • 5axismaker 5xm600 model: 600 x 600 x 400 mm build volume

As a 3D printer, the 5axismaker comes with a default 0. 6mm nozzle — though you can switch out to a 0.4mm if you’re used to smaller nozzles, as well as sizes up to 1.2mm where speed is of the essence and you’re willing to sacrifice some precision. The 5axismaker can 3D print with PLA or ABS.

As a CNC machine, the 5axismaker offers fast 10,000-15,000 RPM spindle speeds on a powerful 500-1000W brushless motor capable of milling foam prototypes, hardwoods, carbon fiber, engineering plastics, machinable wax, and more. There is also a touchprobe option — but for this toolhead and any other custom tools, you’ll need to contact 5axismaker directly. 

5axismaker have also developed their own in-house CAM software to support CNC milling and generate CNC codes, called 5xmonkey. The 5axismaker focuses particularly on CNC machining, choosing not to offer laser engraving with the 3D printer, but delivers well as a 2 in 1 3D printer.

Diabase H-Series — powerful CNC mill 3D printer

  • Price: starting at $9,750
  • Build volume: depends on the number of axes

Another 2 in 1 3D printer focusing on 3D printing and CNC milling, Diabase offer three different options within the H-series:

  • H5-400A Hybrid: doesn’t have the tool plate, 5- or 4-axis upgrade potential, but can still mill printed parts.
  • H5-400A CNC Lite: offers 4- and 5-axis upgrading
  • H5-400B CNC Full: offers 4-material printing, a 14-tool changer, and high-power spindle

Diabase are already well known for their excellent 3D printer extruders focused on making flexible filament 3D printing as reliable as possible, previously thought to be difficult to print — especially on Bowden extruders.

They now offer a complete manufacturing solution, with their multifunction 3D printers able to print parts and them mill them seamlessly with each toolhead in a cohesive workflow.

The H-Series CNC mill 3D printer hybrid offers up to 5-axis CNC production along with 12,000 RPM speeds, for very intricate and complex part creation. As a 3D printer, it offers multi-material 3D printing, for example with TPU and PVA, with PVA’s solubility making it ideal for simply removing PVA supports later. The CNC mill part can mill soft metals up to 75 HRB strength — it really is a full-service solution. The Diabase H-Series’ rotary axes offer fantastic part complexity and intricate geometry options for manufacturing.

Ecubmaker TOYDIY — 4 in 1 3D printer

  • Price: $549 — Available on Amazon here
  • Build Volume: 180 x 180 x 180 mm
  • Type:  4 in 1 3D printer: FDM, dual color, CNC engraving and laser engraving
  • Country based: China

Though it calls itself a 4 in 1 3D printer, this claim involves splitting the 3D printing part into standard FDM 3D printing, and dual color 3D printing, which both fall under 3D printing. In reality, the Ecubmaker TOYDIY is a 3 in 1 3D printer, but with four easily changeable tool heads for 3D printing, CNC engraving or laser engraving.

For 3D printing, the extruder can reach temperatures of up to 240C, with a heated bed that can reach up to 50C. Therefore, printing higher temperature filaments like ABS and HIPS is not possible, and you’re restricted to using the Ecubmaker TOYDIY as a strictly PLA 3D printer. (Testing has occurred for using the dual extruder to print PVA as a support, though the company do not recommend this). Therefore, if using the dual extruder 3D printing option, you can only print two different colors of PLA, rather than soluble material supports.

Each of the Ecubmaker TOYDIY’s four modes.

For a 3D laser printer that isn’t specialized in any one dimension, it’s surprisingly accurate – with layer thicknesses of up to 0.05 mm. The bendable, 3-layer build plate also makes removing finished prints easy and helps reduce warping, though PLA rarely warps badly anyway.

As a laser engraver 3D printer, the TOYDIY features a 1500MW purple laser which can engrave wood, plastic, leather, cardboard, and several other materials. However, this is strictly a laser engraver, and cannot cut materials.

The CNC tool head features a 385DC motor, and spins at between 8,000 and 10,000 RPM. The CNC printer can engrave and carve wood, plastics, acrylic and most non-metallic materials, but cannot be used with transparent materials like glass. Ecubmaker also stress that the CNC tool head should not be used for longer than 3 hours at once.

The TOYDIY comes with Ecubmaker’s Ecubware 4 in 1 3D slicer software for every application type. The 3D laser printer comes with an SD card containing tutorials for the 3D printer, engraver and CNC carver to help you get started, and if you encounter any serious problems, you can return it within its warranty.Though only offering a small build volume, the TOYDIY is a great entry level multifunctional 3D printer.

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3D printing can create virtually anything from just about any material at a fraction of the cost and time traditionally associated with such processes, from mission-critical parts for airplanes to building blocks for custom homes and everyday items — ranging far beyond what we can imagine today.

But what exactly is 3D printing? How does it work? And why should you use it?

Well, we're glad you asked! Here's everything to
know about using a 3D printer.

We have probably heard of 3D printing and maybe even done some experimenting with it. Still, most people don't know what 3D printing is.

3D printing is one of the hottest new technologies in the world right now—and it's not going away any time soon. It's a process that allows us to create physical objects by putting together thin layers of material, layer by layer, until we get to the final product. We can do this on almost any material: metal, plastic, ceramic, glass—even food!

So, what does this mean for our everyday life? It means that if we have an idea for something we want to make but don't have the time or resources to make it ourselves (or if we are just too busy), then 3D printing can help.

3D printing works like this: First, you download a model online or design one yourself. Then, you import the model into the slicing software for processing. Finally, you print the model by using a 3D printer. The printer does this by laying down successive layers of material, one after another until the object is completed. The printer needs to know the size of each layer and where it should be placed for the object to come together correctly.

Additionally, the printer needs a supply of raw materials (typically plastic) that can be melted down and formed into shapes. Once these raw materials have been melted down into their final shape, they are extruded through tiny holes in what's called a "printhead." This printhead feeds the material through small holes into whatever space it needs filling with plastic filament.

The printer doesn't actually create anything out of nothing; it creates an object from a previously existing model or blueprint. Since every part of this process is done by computerized machinery, there are no limitations on how complex or detailed our creation can be—the only limit is our imagination!

The possibilities for what can be created with this technology are endless. 3D technology allows us to design and create our own products without having to worry about how they will fit together or whether they will function properly.

Some benefits 3D technology offers include:

It Offers Many Design Possibilities. We can choose from hundreds of different materials, colors, and designs. The flexibility offered by this technology means no two items will be the same.

1. It's Inexpensive To Use

It doesn't cost a lot to get started with a 3D printer. All you need is a computer and internet access. We can choose from many different types of printers with varying price ranges. The cheaper models will still print quality models, but they may not be able to handle large projects like furniture or large items that need to be printed out in multiple pieces.

2. Sustainable and reduces waste

3D printers have a huge environmental impact because they are extremely energy efficient. Instead of creating parts from waste plastic or scrap metals, we can create them from recycled materials like aluminum and plastic, reducing the amount of waste material in landfills by up to 90%.

3. Make Custom Products at a Minimal Cost

3D printing can be used to make clothes, costume jewelry, toys, figurines, and more. We also use 3D printers to make items for ourselves or sell them as gifts. Additionally, we can customize our own shoes, use 3D printers for rapid prototyping (which means we can quickly create working prototypes), manufacture, and even in greenhouses where tropical plants are grown.

This process can be used for various purposes, including modeling, prototyping, and finishing. A few uses for 3D printing include:

Model Creation

We can use it to create models of our own design or designs from other sources. We can also model other things, like furniture or jewelry pieces.

Prototype Testing

When trying out new ideas with a business or product, 3D printing can be useful because it allows us to see how our idea will work before we spend money on something that may not pan out as planned.

Product Development

We use 3D printing to create prototypes of new products or parts of existing products. These tests help ensure that everything will fit together properly before investing in larger production runs and more expensive materials needed for mass production later down the road (which could cost even more money).

Clothing Printing

Want something custom-made but can't afford it? With 3D printing, we can make anything from hats to shirts—even suits—that fit perfectly every time! The only limitation is our imagination!

3D technology has come a long way since the first 3D printer was built in 1984, and today there are many different types of printers on the market. 3D printers come in all shapes and sizes, and their capabilities vary greatly depending on our chosen brand and model. For instance, beginners who want a feel of 3D technology before splashing money on a superior model can buy entry-level printers for as low as $1000. When choosing a suitable printer, some key features to keep in mind include:

• Good resolution (or print quality): A high-resolution 3D printer will produce better results than one with a lower resolution. Remember, we need to see the details clearly when designing our project.
• Print size: The print size is the size of the finished object. It's usually measured in millimeters or inches, but some models have larger (and smaller) print sizes than others. When looking to make full-size products, we must know what size is right for our needs before investing in a machine!
• Speed: The printer's speed determines how quickly it can do its job—if it's slow, it can't support large projects like furniture or art pieces.

Wrapping Up

Now it's your turn to bring your imagination to life with 3D printing. With this knowledge, you now have an idea of 3D technology. We have a wide selection of 3D printer you can use to get started. So, reach out to us today and get printing!

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My first job was a vernier on my 1600mw module it took 55 min to cut, now with the 10W module only 9 min.

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Does exactly what it says

I’ve loved my Snapmaker since I unboxed it.

It’s not perfect, it’s complex, you need to dedicate time to learning 3D technology. The software sometimes needs to be restarted to work, and sometimes has annoying bugs.

But the engineering precision is breathtaking, I’ve created beautiful 3D PLA prints which don’t need finishing, high quality mechanical parts, like a bicycle pump holder, and ornate wooden gift boxes with laser engraved messages for loved ones.

If you have the commitment and time to learn a new skill, Snapmaker will help you realise your creative vision.

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Was really impressed with how easy it went together, I was up and printing in about an hour, easy calibration and no fussing. Awesome choice for a first-timer! Simple software, takes up little space and the smaller bed is still big enough for most jobs any first-timer would want. Laser engraving works well too! No regrets choosing Snapmaker as my first printer, great value for $$. Highly recommend it! Pictured: Enigma Rotor replica

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It's my second one :-)

This was my second SM2 350 purchase, Chrismas sale provided a cheap way to upgrade my set up. Super fast delivery over new year in the UK. Well done Snapmaker.

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Small problems with using Straight Groove V-bit

I used the Straight Groove V-bit to complete the Rotary Module CNC Carving a few days ago, and everything was almost perfect. My material is wood with a diameter of 50cm. When the Straight Groove V-bit goes deep into the center of the wood, because the radius of the wood exceeds the length of the flute, the wood touches the shaft and generates a lot of friction and noise, causing the 3-jaw Chuck to loosen. The diameter of 3-jaw Chuck Inward-clamping of Rotary Module can reach 60CM. The above problem may be more obvious. Is there a solution?

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The only negative point is that the machine makes loud noise, other than that it’s fantastic!

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Best of 2022: Modem and Router Combinations | Digital World Magazine

Modems and routers perform two very different functions when it comes to home Internet, but the best modem-router combinations combine them into one convenient device. If you decide that you need such a device, then first you need to figure out what criteria are best for choosing a combination of modems and routers and which models are the best in 2022.

A modem is essentially a bridge between the Internet and your home. It connects your home to the wider Internet and converts the signal from your ISP into a usable signal for your router or computer. However, the modem cannot create a Wi-Fi network.

This is where a router comes in: a router provides Internet connectivity for multiple devices, either through a direct connection with an Ethernet cable or via a Wi-Fi broadcast network. The modem router combo has the built-in features of both of these devices to connect your home to the Internet with just one device.

The best combo modem router for your home is one that is compatible with your ISP and matches your Internet needs in terms of speed and reliable connectivity. Read on to learn about the best modem and router combinations to optimize your home internet system.

Many homes use the Internet for both work and play. A reliable connection is a must, and the modem and router play a vital role. We have researched over 20 products to determine the best models.

Usability: One of the main advantages of modem and router combinations is their convenience, so usability topped the list of criteria. As a result of careful product research (and backed by positive reviews from trusted sources and consumers), we have selected modem and router combinations that have excellent compatibility with major ISPs and are easy to set up and use.

Household needs: To reach a wide range of households, we have selected combinations of modems and routers with a variety of supported speeds and connectivity options (including dual and tri-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, mesh systems, and included ports).

Price: Internet access is a necessity these days, but it's not always as cheap as you'd like. We've kept price in mind when selecting the best modem and router combinations, making sure to include great value options as well as more expensive options for those willing to invest more in their Internet connection.

  • Best Modem and Router Combination: Motorola MG7700 Cable Modem and Router
  • Best Budget : Arris SURFboard SBG10
  • Fastest: NETGEAR Nighthawk CAX80
  • Best gaming modem and router combo: NETGEAR Nighthawk C7000
  • Best Range : Orbi Whole Home WiFi 6 System with Built-in Cable Modem (CBK752)

With its high speed, excellent compatibility, easy set up and several coverage enhancing features, this device is one of the most reliable options for most users.


  • Top ISPs supported: Xfinity, Cox and Spectrum
  • Best for plans up to: 400 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 / dual band


  • Good speed
  • Supports beamforming
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports


  • No USB port

When choosing a combo modem router, many customers are looking for a simple and reliable device. If you have average Internet needs, the Motorola MG7700 cable modem and router is the best option. This modem-router combo provides a reliable connection and suitable speed for most home networks, and is compatible with major cable Internet providers including Xfinity, Cox and Spectrum.

With a maximum download speed of 800+ Mbps, this modem router is great for internet plans up to 400 Mbps and probably even higher. Motorola does not share the coverage of this modem router, but its AnyBeam beamforming power amplification features (which focus the Wi-Fi signal at the receiving devices) help this device create a reliable Wi-Fi network.

The rather simple design of this DOCSIS 3.0 modem/router combo is another plus; it can be hidden on a table or side table without attracting attention. DOCSIS (Data over Cable Interface Specification) refers to a standard for data over cable. It is easy to set up and use and has clear indicators located on the front of the device. This device does not have USB ports, but you can use its four Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect directly to the Internet.

This modem router is an affordable model that delivers decent speed in a very compact package.


  • Top ISPs supported: Xfinity, Cox and Spectrum
  • Best for plans up to: 300 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 / dual band


  • Affordable
  • Compact design
  • Easy setup and device management


  • Limited number of Ethernet ports
  • No USB port

Most homes don't need to spend thousands on a modem and router combination. Even the available versions can meet average needs such as web browsing, live streaming, and casual gaming. The Arris SURFboard SBG10 has decent performance and is an economical option.

Although affordable, this DOCSIS 3.0 modem router is not lacking in features. It is compatible with major cable providers (including Xfinity, Cox and Spectrum). Arris recommends it for plans up to 400 Mbps, so it's still fast enough for most internet plans. Network setup and management is easy with the SURFboard Manager app.

It all fits in a very compact unit. It may not be very stylish, but this simple modem is small enough to fit in a small space. However, due to its small size, its ports are limited: it does not have a single USB port and only has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, which may not be enough for some users.

This modem-router combo features high performance WiFi 6 and a DOCSIS 3.1 modem, making it suitable for gigabit internet plans.


  • Top ISPs supported: Xfinity, Spectrum and Cox
  • Best for plans up to: 6 Gbps
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6 / dual band


  • Supports WiFi 6 9 standard0028
  • Supports DOCSIS 3.1 standard
  • Very high speed


  • Expensive

If you have a very high-speed cable internet plan (for example, a plan measured in gigabits rather than megabits), you'll want to upgrade to a DOCSIS 3. 1 modem to keep up. For now, DOCSIS 3.0 modems are cheaper and easier to find, not to mention ideal for most current internet plans. But if you have a gigabit data plan, a faster DOCSIS 3.1 modem router like the NETGEAR Nighthawk CAX80 can help you take advantage of the great speed.

This modem router not only has DOCSIS 3.1, but is also a WiFi 6 router, which means it supports the newer and faster WiFi standard. With WiFi 6 and DOCSIS 3.1 compatibility, this fast modem-router combo is a great choice. Netgear can support cable internet plans up to 6Gbps. With most data plans running at 1 Gbps, buyers need to be sure that this combination of modems and routers won't quickly become obsolete.

This device's impressive performance also gives it excellent coverage, and Netgear recommends it for rooms up to 900 square meters. The device has a sleek and angular design on the front, and users can connect to five Ethernet ports (one 2.5Gbps and four Gigabit ports) or a USB 3.0 port on the back.

With its high data rate and four Gigabit Ethernet ports, this modem router combo is a great choice for HD gaming and streaming.


  • Top ISPs supported: Xfinity, Spectrum and Cox
  • Best for plans up to: 800 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 5 / dual band


  • Sleek design
  • Suitable for cable internet plans up to 800 Mbps
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet ports


  • Coverage may not be suitable for large houses

High-speed internet and a good modem and router are essential for lag-free gaming. A good modem and router combination does the job just fine for gamers. The Netgear Nighthawk C7000 is a great choice for gaming, streaming, and running at speeds fast enough to handle everyday needs as well as online gaming.

This Netgear modem-router combo is ideal for cable internet plans with speeds up to 800Mbps, enough for most hardcore gamers. It supports the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, so it's a fast option. It's also compatible with all major cable internet providers (including Xfinity, Cox and Spectrum), so you can find a compatible high-speed data plan. Since it offers 550 square meters of coverage, it is suitable for apartments and medium-sized houses.

With the Nighthawk app, setting up and managing your devices is easy. Plus, for gamers who prefer to connect straight to their router, this modem-router combo has four Gigabit Ethernet ports and one USB 2.0 port. Users can connect computers, game consoles, streaming devices and more to access the Internet directly through the Ethernet ports. The USB port is great for connecting a drive to share documents with connected devices.

For coverage up to 1500 square meters, this kit includes a combined modem router and extender to form a robust mesh system.


  • Top ISPs supported: Xfinity, Spectrum and Cox
  • Best for plans up to: 4 Gbps
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6 / tri-band


  • Extensive coverage (up to 1500 sqm)
  • Supports WiFi 6 standard
  • Supports DOCSIS 3. 1 standard
  • Tri-band Wi-Fi


  • Expensive

Looking for a modem and router that covers large homes? The Orbi Whole Home WiFi 6 system provides Wi-Fi coverage of up to 1,500 square meters – or even more with optional satellites (sold separately). This set is not just a single modem router device; it includes two devices that make up a high-performance WiFi 6 mesh system. This set includes a DOCSIS 3.1 modem and router combination (which means excellent speed) and a satellite extender.

The modem-router combination does what any modem-router device does: it broadcasts the Internet. Adding a Wi-Fi Orbi Mesh satellite expands coverage to 1,500 square meters.

This kit includes one satellite that works with a modem router to provide a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout your coverage area, with no weak or dead spots. Best of all, you can add more units of measure to expand your coverage even further. Each additional satellite (sold separately) can expand coverage by up to 750 square meters.

In addition to excellent coverage, this system offers very fast Wi-Fi 6 coverage and tri-band Wi-Fi so more devices can connect to the Web without slowing down.

A fast and reliable Internet connection is more of a necessity than a luxury these days. The combo modem router is a versatile device that can provide connectivity to all your devices, from laptops to smart lights. However, not all modem and router combinations are built the same, so you should consider compatibility, speed, and connectivity.


The modem router that comes with your internet plan is most likely not free. Many ISPs rent compatible combinations of modems and routers for a small fee that can be included in your monthly bill. If you want to save money in the long run and have more control over your Internet, then it makes sense to buy a modem and a router. Before buying, just double check if your ISP allows you to use your own device (most do).

Not every modem and router combination works with every ISP, so if you're planning to switch to your own device, compatibility is a major concern. Please make sure your modem-router combo is compatible with your ISP before purchasing. Contact your ISP or check your modem router product description: Many modem router devices advertise their compatibility with major ISPs to make the buying process easier.

Supported speed

Speed ​​refers to the amount of data a device can transfer, usually measured in megabits per second (Mbps). The more data a device can transfer per second, the faster the device can potentially run.

Modem and router combinations have a speed rating, often displayed as two letters and a number (eg AX1500). The letters describe the Wi-Fi generation supported by the device: AC refers to Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and AX refers to the newer and faster Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). This number is the combined total speed of all Wi-Fi bands.

Although this speed rating gives you some information, take this number with a grain of salt. The device can only use one band at a time, so adding all the band speeds together is misleading. The maximum speed of each individual range is a much better indication of the true supported speed, and this can usually be found in the fine print.

Unless you are an avid Internet user, these characteristics are not likely to be of much concern. For the average user who wants to watch movies and web pages, it is better to look at the speed of the internet plan for which the device is recommended. Many devices indicate the appropriate internet plan speed for the modem-router combo. Look for speeds fast enough to take full advantage of your internet plan. For example, if your connection is up to 300 Mbps, look for a device that supports 300 Mbps or higher.


For those who want to take full advantage of the new WiFi 6 standard, look for a modem and router combination that supports it. Since you won't be able to upgrade your router separately in the future, it's worth getting a WiFi 6 modem and router combo now if you want to keep up with the latest technology. Otherwise, expect most modem and router combinations to be Wi-Fi 5 devices.0003

Most top modem router combinations have a dual-band router (with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands), but tri-band devices (often with 2.4 GHz and dual 5 GHz bands) are also available. Tri-band modem and router combinations are useful if you use many devices at the same time, for example, if you are working online, streaming content and using multiple smart home devices at the same time. Having two 5GHz frequency bands helps reduce congestion, which can mean faster Wi-Fi speeds.

Modem router devices sometimes display their coverage range; for larger homes, look for a device that will cover all areas where you need Wi-Fi. A wired Ethernet connection is generally faster and more reliable than a wireless Wi-Fi connection. Gamers, streamers, and those with similar Internet needs may prefer to plug their devices directly into a modem-router combo, so the number and type of ports (Ethernet and USB) may be a feature to look out for.

Question: Are modems and routers the same thing?

No, modems and routers are not the same thing. They perform various and necessary functions to provide Internet access in your home. The modem connects to the Internet and uses your ISP's signal, while the router creates a local area network (usually a Wi-Fi network) in your home to connect devices to the Internet.

Question: What is a combined modem router?

The modem-router combo is essentially one device with both modem and router integrated. This combo device can broadcast the internet signal from your ISP and also create a useful local internet network to connect your devices to the network.

Question: Is it better to use a combined modem-router or a separate one?

The right choice for your home depends on your needs and priorities. If simplicity, convenience, and space savings are your top priorities, a modem-router combo is the best option available. However, the ease of combining a modem and a router comes at the expense of some flexibility. If better device management and the ability to upgrade to the latest technology are your top priorities, then a separate modem and router might be the way to go.

Question: What are the advantages of a combined modem and router?

Modem and router combinations are designed to be easy to use, simplifying your Internet connection in one compact box. Buying a combined modem-router is also usually cheaper than buying a separate modem and router. Because it's a single device, it's generally easier to set up and manage, not to mention it takes up less desk space and can reduce wire clutter.

Question: How much does a combined modem-router cost?

Modem and router combinations are reasonably priced and can save you money in the long run compared to paying your ISP. You can expect to spend $100 to $200 on a device with standard features, perfect for casual users who view and stream content. For better features and improved speed, expect to spend over $200, with some more expensive models costing up to $500.

The Motorola MG7700 cable modem and router is an inexpensive and enticing option for most buyers, with speeds and coverage ideal for the average home internet plan. Those willing to invest more in technology for exceptional speed and performance should consider the NETGEAR Nighthawk CAX80, which supports the latest Wi-Fi standards.

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What is the difference between a modem and a router and what functions do they perform

December 29, 2018

When it comes time to set up your home Wi-Fi network, it's important to be prepared and know exactly what equipment you need. Everything is based on two devices: a modem, which is essentially the source of the Internet in the house, and a router, which distributes this Internet to all computers, tablets, mobile phones and everything you have. The two devices work together to fill your home with cats, friends stories, memes and everything else that makes the internet such a great place.

Here's a brief look at both network devices, as well as answers to questions about what to look for and why it's better to choose a separate ADSL modem and router instead of a hybrid device.

Modems: your gateway to the Internet

To connect the Internet to your home, you will need a modem.

A small device, usually installed by an ISP, that connects your home to the internet. Connection is via cable (coaxial or fiber optic) or telephone line (DSL). The connector is usually located on the back of the modem. The Internet is already supplied to the computer or router via an Ethernet cable.

However, modems are not universal solutions; the type of modem you need depends on the type of internet service you are receiving. If it's DSL, you'll need a DSL modem. If your ISP offers cable internet, you will need a cable modem. If you choose fiber, you get an optical network terminal (ONT) to convert fiber optic light signals into electrical signals that your devices can recognize. There are other modem-like devices.

Some ISPs offer feature rich options that support both DSL, regular cable, and fiber. If all this is giving you a headache, the good news is that your ISP will be able to figure it out and tell you what type of modem you need, and even offer you to rent or buy one.

If you plan to use the same Internet service for more than a year, it is better to buy your own modem, as the total rent can be more expensive. It is worth checking with the provider in advance to make sure that the model you want to buy works with the services of this provider.

Routers: Wireless

Selecting a modem is only half the battle, because they usually provide connections for only one wired device. If you want to use wireless Internet, you will need a router, which is a special device that allows you to use the Internet on several devices at the same time. Routers connect to the modem via an Ethernet cable and relay the connection to other devices in your home via optional Ethernet cables or over a wireless Wi-Fi network.

Routers are available in two basic versions: standard one-component and entire home Wi-Fi networks based on Mesh devices. For smaller homes, single-component routers are usually sufficient. Otherwise, you can always pick up a signal extender.

Mesh networks are best suited for large houses. These devices replace a single router with multiple points called nodes. Strategically placed throughout the home, they connect seamlessly and provide coverage without loss of speed or dead spots.

Combo Modem Routers: Not the Best of Both Worlds

To complicate matters, many ISPs and network device manufacturers offer combo equipment that functions as both modems and routers. Sounds tempting: you only need space for one multitasking device instead of two. But it is much better for the network if it is served separately by a modem and a router.

Due to the growing focus on wireless connections, routers are progressing much faster than modems. One such advance is MU-MIMO technology for Wi-Fi, which is used in ultra-fast 802. 11ac networks. This technology can send separate streams to four different devices at the same time, without losing bandwidth.

Non-MU-MIMO devices share a common bandwidth pool, so checking social networks on a phone while streaming a movie or TV show on a laptop, for example, makes both devices slightly slower. MU-MIMO technology is just one example of a new advanced wireless technology that is supported by almost all new routers, but only by a few devices that are combined with modems.

In addition, using the modem and router separately allows you to update each device as needed. If any of the new routers catch your eye and you like it, you can buy it while keeping your trusty old modem, as long as you don't use a hybrid device.

Purchasing separate units also makes troubleshooting easier. If everything is in order with your router, and the modem is covered, it is much easier to buy a new modem. When replacing only the modem, you can simply plug it in and return to working mode.

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