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which modem?

We are soon to hopefully get ADSL in the next few days. Unfortunately we have a home highway and therefore cannot have self-install, choosing our own modem/router. Once we do get ADSL we are hoping to set up a wireless netowrk between the 3/4 computers in our house. I searched all networking companies for a wireless router/gateway, as this seems to me to be the easiest option. However what I have found is that a wireless router is almost exactly the opposite. Instead of having an inbuilt 'modem', they all recquire an ADSL modem to be conencted to them, via an RJ-45 connecter(standard network). As all ADSL modems I know are USB connected, this isn't possible. Therefore to finish off a long story, does anyone know of an ADSL modem that connects to the computer via an NIC, like cable modems, as opposed to the standard USB?

Many thanks,
Charles Grunwerg
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RE: which modem?

It is possible to buy an ADSL wireless router. The Alcatel SpeedTouch 570, for example (see http://www.dslsource.co.uk). With one of these, you get the ADSL modem built in, it has connectors for a wired LAN and it also has the wireless capability. The Alcatel 570 is possibly a bit pricy and there may be other models which are better value for money, but that's the one I know of, and it is a good make (I have the Alcatel SpeedTouch 510, which I suppose could be described as a non-wireless equivalent.)

I bought my router from DSLSource, by the way, and it arrived the next day.
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RE: which modem?

You could also have a look at a Draytek ADSL Router. This has two USB connectors on (one of which you will use for the modem).

Have a look at www.draytek.co.uk for details (2200USB Router)

The other issue with replacing the modem is you will be breaking your ADSL contract, using the Draytek you won't as you will still be using the modem provided!!
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RE: which modem?

Thanks a lot, if anyone can think of any others, post them, I like to shop around. Thanks for the good advice bout the draytek USB router, unfortunately its not wireless, although I do like the wireless draytek router. I also forgot to mention, one of the systems is an imac(hold your insults!), so interoperability would be nice. Although I can tinker easily with any PC, it's my brother's mac, and I don't know it too well.
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RE: which modem?

Have a look at the NetGear MR314 http://www.netgear.co.uk available from http://www.ebuyer.com for £118.54 + VAT. I don't know what it's like but it seems to fulfill your requirements for a DSL router/wireless access point.

Regards, Aidan