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  1. Giant Octopus

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    Is there a difference between DSL, ADSL and VDSL? I need to buy a new modem but i'm not sure which one to get. Does it matter or is it all the same.
     
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    My ISP says I can only use DSL. Yet every modem I see is ADSL. So DSL isn't compatible with ADSL?
     
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    I don't know much about DSL, but this modem claims to be usable for DSL (and VDSL and ADSL).
     
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    Usually ISPs will either rent you a modem or recommend models that work with the service. Doesn't your ISP do this?
     
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    ^ No. AOL is my ISP. They sent me a Thompson Modem back in 2012, but now claim they can't send modems anymore because of a contract they lost, so I have to buy my own!!!!:mad:
     
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    That link doesn't go anywhere(!)
     
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    It (still) does for me. Maybe your copy got wet in the Pacific Ocean! :D

    Do a web search for "Netgear DM200 Ethernet DSL Modem" (w/o the quotes) to find the modem I tried to show.
     
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    What is the model number of the Thompson modem originally supplied by ALL?
     
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    Link works for me too.
    This is the modem pictured:
    Netgear DM200 Ethernet DSL Modem
    The description: The NETGEAR Broadband High-Speed DSL Modem provides a simple and cost-effective connection to high-speed VDSL/ADSL Internet. It works with DSL Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, & CenturyLink (not including AT&T U-verse, and CenturyLink Fibre

    I'm trying to find info on dslreports concerning modems that AOL supports.
    They don't list AOL
    https://www.dslreports.com/forums/all
    and I haven't been able to find information newer than 2014.

    You might want to consider dropping AOL as an ISP. I had a friend who used Juno as her ISP for quite a few years. Each time there was a problem with her modem, she had no internet for 24 hours. I told her that was not normal. Eventually she got another modem but she had to mail the old one back before they'd ship her a new one. The same thing happened with the new modem.
    She eventually dumped Juno for dsl and went with Verizon.
     
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    I missed that earlier. That means that you have dial-up service, as AOL does not provide DSL or any other kind of "high speed" internet service. Right?
     
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    Hi I use DSL broadband. My modem (which they gave me in 2012) is a Thompson ST546 v6

    Here is a pic

    I have it synced up to a Belkin Router for Wifi. But I would like to get a modem with a built in router so I don't have to connect two different pieces of hardware together with an Ethernet cable.
     

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    The Thompson ST546 v6 supports a few variants of ADSL. The variants are primarily based on the theoretical maximum upload and download speeds they support. I have not had DSL service since about 2012 and am not familiar with what is currently available for people that wish to purchase their own ADSL Modem / WiFi Router combination device.
     

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    I kinda figure that DSL and ADSL are the same. When I was inquiring about other ISP's in my area they all offer ADSL modems. So that must mean that my connection could go both ways. As long as it offers PPPoE (which is how I get my Internet) I figure it doesn't matter

    I was looking at this modem here. It says DSL and then has ADSL listed as well. So I think this could work.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-...884199&hash=item3b02bfeb94:g:RJIAAOSwwNBakcMR
     
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