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which modem for Windows XP

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which modem for Windows XP

Hi all

Got plusnet at work and wish to install at home. I understand USB modems use alot of PC power. Are PCI modems better. If so, which brand should I purchase for win XP.

Many thanks.
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which modem for Windows XP

Personally, I'd forget a modem altogether and go for a firewall/router.
Connect it to your PC via ethernet.

This way, you get the best of all worlds
- the router will keep you always connected,
- you can connect multiple PCs on your network
- the firewall will help keep out the nasties
- it doesn't require the PC to supply it with power
- it's independent of which OS you're running on your PC
- there's no possibility of strange hardware conflicts with other stuff on your PC
- no drivers to install (other than your ethernet driver, which will come with XP anyhow)
... need I say more?

There's lots to choose from (go look at http://adslguide.org.uk at their hardware reviews). I like the Draytek Vigor 2600. Buy online for next-day delivery - I've used DSL Source twice now and have no complaints.

Hope this helps.
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which modem for Windows XP

Ian's article HERE lists the advantages/disadvantages of each type of modem.

The only disadvantage of using a router is that unless your computers already have ethernet cards, you will have to install these (or get someone else to do it).
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which modem for Windows XP

:roll:

hi just joined plus net and am running XP with a netgear DG824M wireless modem, router with firewall. i have to say it was pretty easy to set it up on my PC and a MAC.

i tried getting hold of the Draytek 2600, without much luck.

connection is fantastic & i live next door to a tube station..,...

good luck
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which modem for Windows XP

Sorry didn't check form for awhile.

Thank you all for your help. Smiley

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