Question re D-Link 300T ADSL Ethernet Modem

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by CheggersPop, Oct 29, 2004.

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    CheggersPop Guest

    I am finally about to get BB and have decided to go with Zen's ADSL Home
    1000 (but I'm going to wait until Monday to sign to and take advantage of
    the drop of £5 per month to £34.99!?!)

    However I need to clarify a few points about the modem, I have been advised
    by Zen that a Ethernet modem is a better option than a USB one, is this

    Secondly Zen are offering a D-Link 300T Ethernet modem (includes 2
    micro-filters) for £60.00 (£70.50 including V.A.T.) I have spoken to my
    local computer retailer and they can offer the same unit for £43.49 with
    V.A.T., but it only comes with 1 micro filter.

    I have quite a simple set up at home, BT line directly into the room the PC
    is in, with regards the micro-filters what are they for and would I actually
    need two? Should I just go for the local cheaper option?


    CheggersPop, Oct 29, 2004
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    Phil Chung Guest

    There can be issues with USB modems as you need to install drivers. An
    ethernet modem doesn't require drivers.
    The microfilter/splitter splits and filters out the ADSL signal from the
    phone signal so that the ADSL signal doesn't interfere with the phone.
    The microfilter also provides you with the RJ11 socket for the modem.
    You generally need a microfilter for every extension where you have a
    phone connected, although you could get away with using a single
    microfilter if your extensions plug into the master socket instead of
    being hardwired.
    Phil Chung, Oct 29, 2004
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    CheggersPop Guest

    However I need to clarify a few points about the modem, I have been
    Cheers for the reply Phil, look like I'll be adding another micro-filter to
    the list, but my local store only charges about £4.50 for them, so it still
    works out cheaper that then Zen option!

    Thanks again,

    CheggersPop, Oct 29, 2004
  4. By I assume that what Zen refer to as Ethernet modem is what is more commonly
    known as an ADSL router/modem.

    In which case you will need an Ethernet adapter if there is no one already on
    the motherboard. And that will need drivers!

    An ADSL router/modem is certainly a better option than a USB modem - IMHO The
    wireless versions of these are becoming very popular. Many offer 10base-T &
    100base-T as well as wireless..

    See the reviews on
    Michael Chare, Oct 29, 2004
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    Peter M Guest

    I think the particular model mentioned (which I came across thanks to Dave J
    in a thread in another newsgroup) isn't a router, just an ADSL modem with an
    ethernet port. I don't have one nor (without a manual) am I likely to force
    my head around the choice Zen made of this particular unit (unless it was to
    be some easy option for the unit to sit in front of a LAN, where each system
    has a public IP address, and using this particular unit would allow just the
    use of a multi-port hub/switch to connect the systems on the LAN to the ADSL
    connection, without any 'NAT setup' to workaround :) Peter M.
    Peter M, Oct 29, 2004
  6. In which case the description is perhaps correct, and the product best avoided
    or further advice sought on ADSLGUIDE!

    One advantage of a router is that you can run NAT which provides a good
    firewall, whilst at the same time connecting multiple computers enabling file
    and printer sharing between them, all sharing the single IP address provided by
    the ISP..

    Michael Chare
    Michael Chare, Oct 29, 2004
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    Bill Guest

    .....and a LAN (network) card if your PC does not have one fitted /
    onboard. Only £5 though.

    Bill, Oct 29, 2004
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    Wira One Guest

    I will suggest against this ethernet modem. Your best bet is to get a
    modem/router, ebuyer has origo modem/router for around £33, micro-filter
    will cost you around £1.50 each at ebuyer too.
    Wira One, Oct 29, 2004
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    Peter M Guest

    If I'd seen the first post earlier I'd have made exactly the same
    suggestions (and second the comments from Wira One, regarding the
    purchase of some alternative from Ebuyer or Dabs). Peter M.
    Peter M, Oct 29, 2004
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    David Wood Guest

    Those cheap ebuyer microfilters are likely to be one of the poorer
    quality designs, though - it's better to pay more for something of
    better quality IMHO. Personally, I went for a (modified) faceplate
    filter, and don't regret doing so.

    For an ADSL router, I'm using a ZyXEL Prestige 650H-E1 - just under 40
    pounds including VAT from Whilst it lacks some of
    the features of more expensive ZyXEL models, it's a good box for the

    Multicast (IGMP) is documented as broken in the firmware release notes,
    and doesn't appear to work, but apart from that, all seems well.
    Multicast is of minimal use at the moment in any case.

    David Wood, Oct 30, 2004
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