I used ICS for a year or so on my cable connection. It worked but was a pain in the but. Always having to have both PC's on so my daughter could chat on MSN. I got my router on sale so the price was right. I noticed a big improvement in speed on my PC now that it isn't the host. I would say an external modem should be better than an internal Win Modem, bigger better faster . The external modem connection on my router is a 9 pin serial port, so a USB modem wouldn't work, keep that in mind. If you will be stuck with dial-up for a while it may be worth while to go the router modem route, especially if you can get one on sale. You'll just have to decide for your self. The other advantage of the router is the hardware firewall provided by the NAT. It protected me from blaster.Originally posted by eurodat:
I took a look at the spec for the SMC7008ABR but it seems that it needs an external modem and that it may only be there as a fall back option.
Looks like i will need to buy myself an external modem if i want to have a router while I'm stuck in the stone age dial up world here at my home.
So, the question is... will this be a much better option than my current ICS solution which works OK? Will it be worth the extra expense?
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