Skip to comments.Looking for wireless DSL modem recommendations (VANITY)
Posted on 11/21/2011 10:34:04 AM PST by Kirkwood
My 6 year old DSL modem is apparently dying. Turning the power on and off to the modem immediately brings it back for a while, but it is unreliable.
I added on a router for a workstation and a hardwired network printing and an access point for wireless, but I would like to replace all of these pieces with a single unit. Requirements are compatibility with AT&T DSL, a hardwired network printer and workstation, and N and G wireless. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks.
Also looking for what to avoid.
Mine is 9 years old. Just waiting for it to kick the bucket.
I bought a cheap linksys 1240 or something a year ago. I have ATT fastest I can get,PC, laptop,netflix. You have to bridge on bellsouth 191 whatever site.
My old one died last year. I remembered what a pain it was to set up - having to log in to the manufacturer’s site to link it up. I bought a Netgear N600 dual band wireless router. It was unbelievably easy to set up. We use both Macs and PCs with it. It’s very fast. Great range - we have a two story home with a basement. My office is in the basement and that’s were the router is. I can use my laptop from any room in the house.
I was looking at that one. Not sure if it has gotten good reviews. I could use simultaneous bands. Not a requirement, but I’m considering it.
Verizon provided the first one when I signed up for service and when it died they provided another one free. No problems. Plug it in and go.
I’d start with AT&T DSL’s support web site and see if there are any they specifically recommend - I’m guessing they’ll support you with setting up stuff they recommend... :)
I have both Mac and PCs. but mostly several PCs running XP, Vista and Win7. The Internet connection never seemed slow when the modem was working OK, but maybe I just didn’t realize it could be faster.
Ease of setup would certainly be nice. Don’t want to call up “Steve” in India.
I did start there. I looked at what ATT has and all of the modems have bad reviews when cross-checked on a search engine. So, I’m looking for something better than the low end units they sell. For an extra $20 to $40 I can get a top of the line model, but I haven’t decided on which and I’m open to suggestions.
Linksys and D-Link both make good modems, routers, etc. You shouldn’t have to look much further than those two. I’ve had a D-link wireless router set up for many years and it hasn’t given me any trouble.
I’ve had several reliable D-Link products, but the company is bad when it comes to updating their software. Essentially they don’t it. So you have to buy new compatible hardware whenever you add on a computer with a newer operating system. Makes money for them when they don’t just give away a free driver upgrade, but as a customer I don’t care for that. Just my opinion.
I had for around 10 years a Linksys wrt54g. The wireless signal went down to about 20ft range from 150ft. My bro inlaw had the same one and I bought it from him and now I am back to full range. I would buy the same one. They still sell them.
DON’T get the AT&T 2-WIRE modem. I had one for two years and the DSL kept going down. After 4 ATT technicians, I finally changed to a Motorola modem and haven’t had a problem since.
Problem with that is it doesn’t have a DSL modem built in. That is an excellent router and I would recommend it as well, but it doesn’t work for me.
It is an excellent router, as you can determine yourself from the 3,516 user reviews.
Plus, it is designed to have the firmware replaced with open source DD-WRT firmware, which upgrades it to a commercial-grade router.
You really can't go wrong with this router, even if you don't flash the firmware.
Doesn’t your internet co supply the modem? My AT&T does.
My internet provider will provide a DSL modem for about $5.00 a month.
What they have now for wireless is crap. Why pay top dollar for something that may last a couple of months?
Mine is 5 years out of warranty.
No DSL modem in it.
AT&T provides a modem when you sign on, but once it is out of warranty you are on your own.
No. Look at the link you sent me. The first line of the description says something to the effect that you already have a modem and now you need this router. I’m looking for a wireless router with a built in DSL modem that supports at least N and G and maybe both at the same time.
Good thing I have a spare. Good luck.
I will check out Motorola. Thanks.
Had one of those for about eight years without a problem. Used it with Verizon DSL and all kinds of garden variety wireless gear.
I could just buy a modem alone, but I want to make some desk space by retiring my access point and router. So getting everything in one saves me space and is worth paying an extra $40 or so. Also the other pieces could die at any time because they are 3 or 4 years old now. Thanks for trying to help.
I was looking at reviews on the motorola, which are generally positive and it is less expensive than the netgear, but there are many complaints about it being a difficult installation. After that it performs very well. Do you remember if it was an easy installation for you?
Before you give up on your old modem, try spraying the on-off switch with contact cleaner and clicking it maybe fifty times (with the modem unplugged). Can’t hurt, may help: a whole bunch of problems I had with a ‘bad’ HDD went away when I cleaned the power switch of the mobile rack it was mounted in.
I’m not a big fan of all-in-one designs. Sure, it’s probably just paranoia, but I have a netgear hardware firewall behind my DSL “modem”, and my wifi AP connects in to that. If you need the deskspace, just hang ‘em on the wall, put a frame around it all and call it art. :-)
Tell AT&T you are switching to cable internet and they’ll probably give you a new modem. Maybe lower your monthly bill, too.
That’s a good idea! I think I’ll try it tomorrow.
I’m still kind of unsure myself, but the price difference is very little more to get the total upgrade. Plus I won’t have to spend time getting different brands of equipment to work together.