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ADSL modem/router advice

Aweegin

ULTIMATE Member
Hey folks,

I’ve been using a Billion 7800DXL for around four years, right up to a lightning strike a couple weeks back. Just after some advice/opinions;
I get around 9-10mb, no fibre options for me (as yet). I liked the idea of the snr tweaks in the Billion, though uncertain if it really made much difference..
As I’m in need of a new device, any options on what to buy? Stay modem/router AIO..or buy separate units? Any device recommendations? I did like the Billion, WiFi was strong, but not the best UI. Usual uses, WiFi for pads/phones and Ethernet for Xbox, Apple TV etc..

Budget..maybe around the £150 mark.

Thanks.
 

ManOfMeans

ULTIMATE Member
For every 3db SNR margin higher or lower you gain or lose aprox 800k sync speed
 

Aweegin

ULTIMATE Member
For every 3db SNR margin higher or lower you gain or lose aprox 800k sync speed
I’m not gonna lie, I never did really understand it..but up till a week or so back, I could only ever get around 6mb, so if I could make that 6.5mb..it seemed a good thing. Now I average around 9.5mb, so I’m thinking they’ve finally put us on ADSL 2/+.


@Mark J. Thank you but they are all fttc, so no use to me.

I guess what I’m curious about; an all in one unit is fine, but, is there an advantage to having separate modem and router?
 

ManOfMeans

ULTIMATE Member
Check what the modulation type is that will tell you if it is on 2+ plus whats your upload speed it can be a good indicator
 

Mark.J

Administrator
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@Mark J. Thank you but they are all fttc, so no use to me.

I guess what I’m curious about; an all in one unit is fine, but, is there an advantage to having separate modem and router?
The article focused upon FTTC/VDSL2 but you should find that they pretty much all support ADSL2+ as well since the modem tech used tends to combine both.

As to the other question, it's really a matter of personal preference as there isn't strictly a huge advantage or disadvantage. Personally speaking I prefer an all-in-one because it reduces power consumption, is cleaner and makes it easier for me if I want to setup my network manually rather than rely on automatic assumptions by the router.
 

Aweegin

ULTIMATE Member
Check what the modulation type is that will tell you if it is on 2+ plus whats your upload speed it can be a good indicator
Hi, I cannot find anything on modulation type..more so using my old netgear backup router. However, upload is around .70 where it always used to top out at .38!!

EDIT: Mark J, missed your reply.. Ah, For some reason that never occurred..even though most I’ve looked at cater for both d’oh!
Yes, I’ve always gone single unit for similar reasons, but..with a purchase forced upon me..I thought, why not ask?
Many thanks!
 

Kits

Super Moderator
Staff member
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I’m not gonna lie, I never did really understand it..but up till a week or so back, I could only ever get around 6mb, so if I could make that 6.5mb..it seemed a good thing. Now I average around 9.5mb, so I’m thinking they’ve finally put us on ADSL 2/+.


@Mark J. Thank you but they are all fttc, so no use to me.

I guess what I’m curious about; an all in one unit is fine, but, is there an advantage to having separate modem and router?
Many routers are not ADSL2+ and VDSL just take a look TP link is on that covers both, Netgear do one just do a search for ADSL and VDSL router.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Connection...UTF8&qid=1534628414&sr=8-29&keywords=tp-+link
 

Captain_Cretin

ULTIMATE Member
I have been enjoying TPLink routers for a fair few years now; not had one die on me yet, even the cheapest £20 I used in China.

A lot of them can handle just about any connection type you throw at them, I have the VR200, which improved FTTC speeds over the BT modem by 20%, and ADSL2+ speeds on my parents connection by 30% over their Netgear router.

Wifi isnt the fastest, but you can still find a few around for ~£60; and I think they look a lot better, and take up less space than most designs.

 
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