Modem/Router Combo

In this fast paced, information rich age, living without an internet connection is like walking with blinkers on. Without constant access to the World Wide Web, you are effectively blinded to most of the goings on of the world. Real time news, launches of new products, blogs and RSS feeds, all of these are rich mines of information, and if you don’t have access to it, you will be bowled over by those who do. Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere have changed the way people communicate and the pattern of communication. Emails are the main form of communication for both business and personal and matters. Videos, television shows, software and books can all be found on the web. And if the internet speed is slow, or the internet connection goes down at a very crucial time, it can lead to a great deal of frustration.

Modems are devices which are used to connect personal computers to the internet. The first modems, known as dial up modems, used telephone lines to do so, the newer DSL modems also requires telephone connections but a one that is DSL enabled. DSL modems also provide a much higher internet speed compared to dial – ups, and they can be externally connected to the computer via either USB ports or Ethernet ports. Many DSL service providers offer the modems free to customers, and they can also be purchased at electronic stores. Verizon, Nettopia, Gigaset and Speedstream all have their own brand of modems.

A modem can be used for more than one computer if you have a router. A router transfers information from one computer to another, and allows modems to connect to the internet. Wireless routers are often used in the home, along with a DSL internet connection, so that all the home computers are able to access the internet.

Routers and modems were two different devices needed for internet connectivity and sold separately. This is inconvenient and has caused a large number of connectivity problems. The internet speed often slows down at certain times of day, typically when there is heavy online traffic, and so work requiring online presence slows down as well. Having two devices also means twice the amount of plugs and wires and socket connections, which is just a hassle all around.

Having a router and modem together also requires a great deal of computer knowledge, which most people don’t have. Setting them both up and then bridging one to the other, creating passwords and adjusting the settings, are an even bigger hassle. And if either the modem or router fails, buying another one means going through that pain all over again.

If users face problems with internet connectivity and call their DSL provider’s tech support, they will usually blame either the modem or the router, particularly if they are not their own brands of modem and router. Instead of actually diagnosing the problem and giving you a solution, they will take your call as an opportunity to sell you more of their products.

All of the problems outlined above can be avoided using a modem/router combination. You have just one device with one plug, one wire, and similar settings, no bridging of the two required. Devices such as Actiontec’s 54Mbps Wireless Modem, which have an inbuilt wireless router and is compatible with all DSL providers, are available in most electronic stores, and investing in one is a sound decision. AT&T also provides a combined modem and wireless router device with their DSL line, which is convenient if all the other devices in the home or office can run off wireless internet.

This Modem/Router Combo Review is Written/Updated on Sep 3rd, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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