Modems - Routers

By drecked
May 20, 2013
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  1. Hi Guys I'm looking for ideas on a new modem my last one which developed epileptic
    fits is a netcomm it would be nice for a change to have one that would last for more than eighteen months or is that about the norm ?
    tell me your thoughts I'm interested to hear !
    kind regards drecked.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,283   +281

    Q1: What is your connection to the ISP & Internet; Cable, DSL, Satellite?

    Q2: Do you have more than one system/device that needs Internet access?
  3. drecked

    drecked TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Hi Jobeard ,

    RE: Q1: the modem is connected to the phone land line to DSL

    RE: Q2: 2 systems but the second one is on line very sparsely so it's mainly one

    so a good quality wireless modem is all I need ! ( Quality being to operative word)
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,283   +281

    Personally, I prefer separated modems & routers - - allows one to be replaced without affecting the other. Your experience with epileptic fits is an example of the issue - - which component is barfing?

    On a DSL connection, make sure your ISP publishes a list of supported modems as they will not assist you with unsupported devices.

    "good quality wireless" is typically the touch-stone of the issue - - wireless connectivity can be complicated and marginal when in fact the modem-dsl can be rock solid as well as a wired router connection.

    Before you jump into the deep end of the pool (ie replace anything), try using a wired ethernet connection to at least one of the systems to verify that all connections are a problem vs your wifi is unreliable.
  5. drecked

    drecked TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 68

    I should point out that the modem ran faultlessly for 16 months and than it starting dropping out every 60/90 seconds I have a loan one at present and it has dropped out a few times too , my
    ISP is looking in to it at the moment so that's the reason I asked what would be a good
    modem to buy if it's the problem perhaps I better wait now to hear their verdict ?
    thanks for your input regards drecked
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,283   +281

    My point is there are two failure points

    a) the ISP==Modem connection
    b) the modem/router<-->wifi-->devices

    with a DSL connection, the ISP connection can be just as problematic as the WiFi.

    I assume you have the necessary phone line filters which go everywhere EXCEPT on the modem connection.
  7. drecked

    drecked TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Due to the fact that the loan modem drops out as my own they sending out a tech
    so I think I will see what happens first before making up my mind about a new
    modem thank you for your input jobeard and I think we will leave it here for while
    But I will let you know the result . regards drecked
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,283   +281

    Sounds right to me too :)


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