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    Still confused? ADSL Modem, router or gateway ....

    Hi ,

    I can see three different, living, products in this field:

    1. ADSL router which is an ADSL gateway with built-in ADSL Modem ( Two
    in one), it might have also a 4 port Ethernet switch ( Three in one)
    and recently you can find a wireless Access Point also in the same
    device ( Four in one!),
    ADSL Routers come with one (Ethernet) 10/100Mps RJ-45, 8 wires port and
    one (Telephone) RJ-11 port at minimum!.


    ADSL Router is all you need to have broadband Internet access and
    sharing. You hook it to your ADSL telephone line from one side and to
    your computer or network (Ethernet Switch) from the other side.


    ADSL telephone line -------- ADSL Router ------------- Network or
    Computer.


    2. ADSL gateway which is stand alone unit with two Ethernet, RJ-45, 8
    wires ports, it might have a 4 port Ethernet switch (Two in one) and it
    might have also a wireless Access Point ( Three in One).


    You always need an ADSL modem with the ADSL gateway to have broadband
    Internet access and sharing.


    ADSL telephone line ----------- ADSL Modem -----------ADSL gateway
    ------------- Network or Computer .


    3. ADSL modem ( it looks the same as an ADSL Router) with one
    (Ethernet) port, 8 wires and one (Telephone) RJ-11, I never seen an
    ADSL modem with 4 port switch or wireless Access Point.


    An ADSL modem can be connected to a single PC or ADSL Gateway for
    Internet sharing.


    ADSL telephone line ------------ ADSL Modem -------------Computer


    It's very confusing to figure out if a device is ADSL Router or ADSL
    modem ........... always check the model No. and go to the vendor's web
    site and products to figure out which of which.


    The other professional way is to login to that device using your web
    browser to figure out that ID.

    www.networkingland.com/dsl_vendors.htm


    Panda
    www.networkingland.com
    Last edited by Panda; 01-24-07 at 06:50 AM. Reason: wrong member name

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