All-in-one DSL Modem Wireless
All-in-one device DSL Modem Wireless – a wireless router with built-in ADSL modem in single ADSL wireless modem device is a preference.
Various models of DSL modem with wireless router integrated into a single device available in the electronic store around you. Should you subscribe ADSL broadband internet service from local Telco company, a modem with wireless router integrated in a single compact device is a preferred solution instead of implementing separate modem and a wireless router.
Why DSL Modem with Wireless router
Building a wifi internet network in home with ADSL service is getting easier today with the availability of various models of DSL modem with wireless router integrated in a single compact device, aka all-in-one DSL modem wireless. Generally you require a modem device plus a wireless router to let you build a wifi network in home. You need to configure the modem to work successfully to connect to the internet, and then you need to configure separate wireless router to allow your mobile devices including iOS, Android and Windows phone devices connect wirelessly to share the internet connection in home. With all-in-one ADSL modem wireless you just need to configure a single device.
Setup and Configuration
As I discussed above, all-in-one device DSL modem wireless requires one single configuration which is generally in an easy graphical user interface menu and sometimes with the help of one phone call to your ADSL provider.
The following figure shows you network diagram of the wifi network in home or SOHO with all-in-one DSL modem wireless.
Fig.1 Network diagram of wifi network in home with DSL modem
As shown in the network diagram, connect the phone line cable to the internet port of the modem (RJ11 port). Generally you require a splitter to let you split the phone line into two lines, one line to the modem and the other line to the Telephone so you can access the internet and make a phone call at the same time. Internet and voice traffic cannot interfere each other.
Mostly DSL modem wireless comes with four Ethernet (LAN) ports you can connect desktop computers or any Ethernet-based devices to the modem using UTP network cable. Wired connection is typically more reliable than wifi connection. Any wifi-based devices can connect wirelessly to the DSL modem router.
For small office, you may connect a Windows 2012 Essential server (WSE-2012) to the router using UTP cable, or you may connect two UTP cable if your NIC adapter comes with two Ethernet ports for aggregation that is a feature you can do in WSE-2012.
In configuring the modem, you need to connect it to the computer or laptop using LAN cable. Connect one of the modem’s LAN ports to the computer’s NIC adapter port. In fresh installation and configuration, you require the defaults IP address of the DSL modem and also the default user and password. The following steps are typical in setup the modem.
- default values
Identify the default IP address and user password, the following table lists some of popular DSL modem default values.
|DSL Modem||IP Address||Username||Password|
|Belkin||http://192.168.2.1||(Login prompt)||(leave blank)|
Configure the IP address of your computer with the same network address and subnet of the modem but with different unique IP address. For example with your new TP-link modem, configure your computer with the IP address 192.168.1.x (where “x” is any number between 2 and 254) and subnet mask is 255.255.255.0. That sounds complicated for people with no networking knowledge. No worries, mostly modems come with DHCP server enabled by default. This means you just connect your computer to modem and it will receive the IP address configuration automatically.
- admin logon
Launch your web browser and type the default URL of the DSL modem for example: http://192.168.1.1 and then press Enter. When the logon screen is displayed, type in the default username and password.
- call to provider guy
Each of the DSL provider have their installation and configuration procedures. Make one phone call to your ADSL provider to guide you through the installation. Make sure you have the subscriber number and password with you. Generally when you sign up for services, they provide you the subscriber number and the password.
Each of the DSL modem has different default values and the way to configure it. Consult with your modem manual book for more depth inside about the modem.
Various models of DSL Modem
The following lists some of popular DSL modem devices available in the market you can choose to meet your needs. Different models, and technologies make the modem different the way it work.
1. TP-link Archer D9 Wireless AC1900 DSL Modem
One of the best DSL modem device introduced by TP-link up to end of 2014 is Archer D9. This is the high performance ADSL modem TP-link ever made so far which is based on wireless AC1900 5G wifi technology, the fastest modem TP-link offers.
- Based on 5th generation of wifi network 802.11ac – AC1900
- High speed simultaneous dual band up to 600Mbps (2.4GHz) and up to 1300Mbps (5GHz)
- 3x detachable external antennas with high power amplifiers
- Beamforming technology for solid client connection
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
- 1x USB 3.0 port and 1x USB 2.0 port
- Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
The good thing with this DSL modem is the EWAN feature that let you connect to Cable modem or fiber modem. This is good when you stop subscribing ADSL services to switch to other broadband services.
The inclusion of two USB ports is good, you can attach high speed USB 3.0 disk storage and at the same time you can attach the USB printer device to the USB 2.0 port. No need to switch the port like the modem that includes one USB port. Currently the price of this wireless AC1900 DSL modem is around $199 in Amazon. The design of this modem is like its family wireless AC1900 Archer C9 router.
2. Asus DSL-AC68U Wireless AC1900 ADSL/VDSL Modem Router
This is the fastest DSL modem that Asus ever introduced to the market, still new actually and the design of the body is the same as those the RT-AC68U wireless routers with three external antennas and the body is flat box with the stand. You can place it standing on your table to save the space. You can compare it with TP-link Archer D9 that has the same wireless AC1900 technology.
- Wireless AC1900 router with built-in DSL modem
- Switchable WAN or LAN port (EWAN port)
- Versatile modem router device compatible with ADSL2/2+, ADSL, VDSL2, fiber and cable services
- ideal for high intensive data rate throughput including streaming 4K/UHD videos, online gaming or other bandwidth-intensive tasks
- Powered by two dedicated CPUs to maximize both range and stability for each of wired and wireless connections
- AiRadar Beamforming technology
- Include one USB 3.0 port for sharing printer, storage, or 3G/4G dongle
- Cloud feature with Asus AiCloud service to let you sync, share and access data to your home network including PC, Android or iOS mobile devices
The main differences between Asus DSL-AC68U and TP-link Archer D9 are the two USB ports that Archer has and two dedicated processors for Asus. And the unique feature Asus offers that other cannot support is the capability of sharing 3G/4G modem inserted to the USB port.
3. TP-link Archer D7 Wireless AC1750 DSL Modem
TP-link is the only networking vendor that offers various models in ADSL modem wireless, starting from native modem, wireless N150 modem and up to the fastest wireless AC1900 ADSL modem. Archer D7 is introduced with lower spec compared with Archer D9, as we quickly notice with series number.
- Based on 5th generation of wifi network 802.11ac – AC1750
- High speed simultaneous dual band up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz) and up to 1300Mbps (5GHz)
- 3x detachable external antennas with high power amplifiers
- Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and one EWAN port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
The model between the two DSL modes are different in the speeds, as you can notice from the wireless AC technology applied each of them, AC1900 for D9 and AC1750 for D7. In addition, Archer D9 comes with Beamforming technology, but Archer D7 doesn’t. with beamforming technology, the wifi clients is lock with very strong signal following where the device is moving within the wifi boundary. Most recent high performance routers come with beamforming technology, you can mention Netgear Nighthawk X4 wireless AC2400, or Asus RT-AC87U wireless AC2400 and still more.
The other difference you can notice is the inclusion of USB 3.0 on Archer D9, but Archer D7 doesn’t even though both comes with two USB ports.
4. Netgear D6200 Wireless AC1200 DSL Modem (D6200-100NAS)
The fastest DSL modem wireless offered by Netgear so far is D6200 -100NAS. The model is like other first generations of Netgear wireless routers that are based on 802.11ac including R6300 wireless AC1750, a flat black box with a stand and no external antennas like the newer generation routers.
- Based on 802.11ac with wireless AC1200 technology
- Simultaneous dual band up to 300Mbps (in 2.4GHz band) and up to 867Mbps (in 5GHz band)
- Internal antenna and Beamforming technology
- Gigabit Ethernet ports (4x LAN) and also includes 1x WAN port for Cable or Fiber modem
- 1x USB 2.0 port with DLNA media server, share printer and storage disk
- Netgear Genie apps to let you manage your network
- Advanced QoS for HD video streaming prioritization
The main differences between this D6200 DSL modem and TP-link are the aggregation bandwidth and USB ports. D6200 delivers total bandwidth of up to 1200Mbps as opposed of Archer D9 that aggregate the bandwidth of up to 1900Mbps, and Archer D7 delivers aggregated bandwidth of up to 1750Mbps. Both Archers include two USB ports but D6200 include only one USB port.
Please note that Netgear releases a new high speed ADSL / VDSL modem router – the New Nighthawk D7000 AC1900 ADSL-VDSL modem router.
5. Actiontec GT784WN Wireless DSL Modem
For small home with couple of computers and laptops, and some Android and iOS mobile devices a wireless network that is powered by wireless N300 router is appropriate. Actiontec GT784WN is popular in some regions to being a center of small wifi network with DSL internet connection.
- Based on wireless N300
- Includes four Fast Ethernet LAN ports
- Setup is easy with preconfigured auto detect for some DSL services, compatible with major DSL services including Qwest, Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink and lots more.
- High security standard with firewall and parental control and other security standard for wifi
Indeed, there are some drawbacks if you expect more performance including the absence of a USB port to let you share storage or printer. And also Ethernet speed is limited up to 100Mbps while probably your desktop computers already installed gigabit NIC adapter.