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    DSL Modem vs. Router

    Hi all,
    My DSL provider is DirecTV (great service, no problems) and unfortunately they're shutting down their broadband business as of mid January so I'm (again!) looking for another provider. My question is though more about the hardware. I am tired of buying the $$ equipment the various providers shuffle off only to throw it away when they too shut their doors (has happened 3 times in last two years). It's too bad that so many of these providers are getting out of the business such that now we're back to only a handful of choices (so much for breaking up MaBell). I can't get cable Internet where I live so that's not a choice.

    I need to connect two Win2k PCs and optionally up to two Wiin2k laptops all have NICs. I now have a 4-port hub and the 'whatever-box' from DirecTV (which is plugged into the hub as are the two desktop PCs).

    Do I buy a DSL modem (not an accurate term but I'll ignore that for now) and a router? What's the connection? From RJ-45 plug in the wall to the modem then to the hub which aggregates all the equipment including the router? Is there one box that does both? There obviously is because the DirecTV box does it all but I'm not sure what to buy. The terminology can get confusing with different names doing the same thing (switches that do routing, routers that do switching, etc.)

    I don't need a wireless solution since we just wired the entire house with dedicated Cat-5 sockets in all rooms (and I'm concerned about the ease of snooping with wireless connections).

    One more thing, I do connect via VPN to my company's internal web which is also how I get my work email so it's gotta let me connect via VPN.
    Deb <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: DSL Modem vs. Router

    Vigor ADSL routers are popular in the UK.
    The range of models includes options for ADSL and ISDN modems, as well as routing, Ethernet hub or Switch and Wireless all in a single box.

    Can you get similar devices in the USA?

    StuartR

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    Re: DSL Modem vs. Router

    THANK YOU!! This is the information I was looking for when I posted <!post=this,205735>this<!/post>.

    Now I can see what a convuluted affair it would be to use the Belkin router I recently bought with my USB ADSL modem. I think I'll return it and sit on my hands until more USB-capable routers appear or the Vigor comes down in price.

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