Modem or Router for Marginal Lines

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by David Wade, May 10, 2005.

  1. David Wade

    David Wade Guest

    A friend of mine wants to order ADSL but knows he is towards the limit of
    service. I.E. The ADSL checker reports only 512K service available. I know
    there has been some comments that some modems perform better in these
    circumstances than others, but I can't find these posts in google. So can
    any one point me at a modem or router/modem that works well in these
    David Wade, May 10, 2005
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    Martin² Guest

    Draytek Vigor modems / routers are renown for quality and reliability, not
    cheap though.
    Just a satisfied punter, two years +, no bit lost yet.
    Martin², May 10, 2005
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  3. I would second that. I also know that they do a firmware specifically
    for marginal lines with high attenuation.
    James Hurrell, May 10, 2005
  4. get a router so it stays on line even if the PC is off, avoids
    problems at startup.

    3Com seem poor at weak signals.

    Tiscali - dialup speeds at Broadband prices :)

    Phil Thompson, May 10, 2005
  5. David Wade

    Dave Guest

    Yes, I'll agree with you on that one. Something I wish I'd known a month
    ago when I bought one.

    Apparently the Zyxel 660HW is good with very long lines. There were a few
    posts a while ago reporting success with around 10km lines.
    Dave, May 10, 2005
  6. David Wade

    David Wade Guest

    Thanks Phil, I am sure that that was the one. On reading a spec on the web
    it seems to be designed for long lines etc. Seems to be ADSL2 ready as well.
    Nice fire wall. Looks really nice. Pity its a little topside on te price,
    but I am told you get what you pay for...
    David Wade, May 10, 2005
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    halcyon Guest

    Re: good modem for marginal lines.

    This is a tough question.

    Vigor and Zyxel modems have (imho) been good in this regard. As hav
    Speedtouch models.

    I'd also look into the newer ADSL2+ compliant chipsets that have a mor
    tightly specified analog portion, meaning better performance unde
    marginal conditions.

    These include the Broadcom BCM6348 chip based modems and S
    CoppwerWing12 and Centillium Palladia (400 series).

    However, I don't know many products out on the market with thes
    chipsets yet. Apparently Netgear DG834GT does use BCM6348, bu
    otherwise it's not perhaps the cat's miaow (little memory, som
    firmware issues):
    halcyon, May 13, 2005
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