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Modem / router choice for broadband connection

Discussion in 'Networking' started by stevedann, Jan 15, 2004.

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  1. stevedann

    stevedann Thread Starter

    Aug 13, 2001
    I'd like to network two PCs, both running Me and have a broadband connection , probably with Tiscali. I need someadvice on what modem / router I need to get. If I ask a shop or ISP I get slanted information.

    I'd like to have the option of possibly changing provider in the future. (I'm aware that AOL seems to need a particular modem, I'd probably never want to sign up with them anyway).

    Please can someone recommend either a suitable modem / router or the features and specifications I should be looking for. What does ethernet and 10/100 mean anyway?

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. doggard


    Oct 18, 2002
    Depends on your budget and how your system is going to evolve over the next year or two i.e. you could get a modem/router with wired and wireless connection such as those made by Draytek or a more simple single port router such as those supplied by some ISPs and use windows inbuilt software to share the connection [but this requires the main PC on for the others to connect].
    There is also the possibility of buying a modem/router with inbuilt hardware firewall which whilst more expensive is a good security feature.
    Linksys also make some excellent modem/routers at a good price.
    Perhaps a look round the price comparison sites such as www.dealtime.co.uk will help you find the cheapest of those suggested.

    It normally just means its 10Mbps and 100Mbps switchable dependent on the speed of the network card attached to it i.e. if the card is only 10Mbps then that port will run at the slower speed.
  3. coulterp


    Oct 20, 2003
    Ethernet is probably the most widely-installed local area network (LAN) technology. It is specified in a standard, IEEE 802.3.

    An Ethernet LAN typically uses coaxial cable or special grades of twisted pair wires (e.g. CAT5 or CAT5e UTP cabling). Ethernet is also used in wireless LANs.

    It used to be the case that the most commonly installed Ethernet systems were 10BASE-T and provided transmission speeds up to 10 Mbps. Fast Ethernet or 100BASE-T provides transmission speeds up to 100 megabits per second and it used to be that it was used for LAN backbone systems. But as costs have fallen you would be hard-pressed to find so many 10 Mbps LANs now!

    Where you see a router or other piece of kit labelled as 10/100 then it supports workstations sporting either 10BASE-T network interface cards (NICs) or 100BASE-T NICs.

    Gigabit Ethernet provides an even higher support at 1000 megabits per second (1 gigabit or 1 billion bits per second). These may carry a label saying 10/100/1000.

    As regards modems/router you could do worse than look at http://www.adslguide.org.uk/qanda.asp and for reviews of hardware try http://www.adslguide.org.uk/reviews/.
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