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Very confused as to which router to get!

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June 12, 2008 6:18:39 PM

At the minute there are two computers in my house connected by a Linksys DSL Cable modem ( using Ethernet cables, but in the next week or two I will be getting a laptop which is wireless N (so that was a must for the router) but I am really confused as to whether to get ADSL or DSL!!

Our internet comes from Virgin (what used to be NTL when we got it installed) and so I'm not sure if it is a standard phone line as it is a separate cable which comes into our I presume it isn't! But from what I've been able to understand ADSL and DSL are affected by different types of line (this is where I get confused!).

The router I have found comes in DSL and ADSL versions and both get very good reviews.

Please help!


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June 12, 2008 6:30:09 PM

Ok, ive read around a bit more and im possibly a little less confused. It seems that the ADSL acts as a modem as well...which if its true means i wil need only a DSL beacuse i already have the NTL modem...
June 20, 2008 4:51:10 AM

Hey Rich, it sounds like you have a DSL line coming into your house for internet access, the Linksys that you have is actually just a router/swich that allows you to share your internet connection.

All you really need is a wireless access point to plug into your router/swich; you can save a few bucks by going with a b/g model instead of an N model.

If you want to keep things simple I'd suggest buying a router/switch with built in wireless and ditching the Linksys that you have. It will be only slightly more expensive than a separate wireless access point.
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June 20, 2008 9:09:09 AM

Thanks, the Linksys WRG160N, linked in my first post, looks like what i want, a DSL router which has wireless N (same as my laptop).
June 21, 2008 1:11:01 PM

Yeah, if you want to save money, pick up a G router, still decent speeds. If you want best available, N is better though.
June 21, 2008 1:30:00 PM

Just got the WRG160N from PC world now, priced at £80 in store but £55 on net and they were only too glad to take the £25 off for me! Seems to work fine and the laptop is easily as fast as my desktop which is wired.