Advantages Easy to set up, cheap, works as advertised
I upgraded my system to broadband over a year ago.I have a home computer, a work laptop and my 2 children also have desktop computers.
I needed a solution that would get us all on the internet when required.I decided to buy an ADSL modem router. This is a very useful product that will provide the modem that goes between the broadband line and also has a 4-port router that allows the broadband to be shared by 4 different computers.
Most broadband providers now provide free modems, but at the time I got connected modems generally cost about £40. I decided to get a combined router and modem because I thought that it would cost me little more than the modem itself.I looked around at ADSL modem routers, tried Ebay, but the best value and safest purchase seemed to be the Dabsvalue router.
What was delivered was a PTI PAE-CE84 router, built around the conexant chipset. The conexant chip is used in a number of cheap routers, all under different brandnames.Lots of software is available on the web for flashing the system etc. I ignored all of it and just connected mine straight out of the box to a BTBroadband service. The settings required are usually provided by the broadband provider. It is usually straightforward to connect.
You need to have your computers enabled for networking. This usually requires a network card in each PC if it has not got one already. Network cards are cheap (about £5 each). They usually have be be installed inside the PC. If you are unhappy about opening up your PC then maybe this is not the solution for you. All of my systems run Microsoft XP. There may be minor differences with other systems.The modem/router connects to the phone socket using a phone cable (the same sort that you connect your modem with).
The modem/router connects to the computers with a standard ethernet network cable. If you need to buy one they are Cat5 ethernet cables with an RJ45 connector at each end. In addition to the 4 ethernet ports there is also a USB connection that can connect one of the computers via a standard A to B USB cable. Using USB requires additional driver software to be installed.It is usually easier to start with just one computer connected via the ethernet port, and add others later if required.
When I connected mine it worked straight away, and has kept on working for 14 months.It seems a fast, simple effective device, but if you have little experience of PCs and networking it may cause problems. In most cases it should be straightforward, but depending on your setup , there nay be some changes required that need some technical skills.
Because the system uses he conexant chip, there are a number of sites on the web offering very detailed install and troubleshooting advice if required. It may not be the exact same router, but the software and web interface is similar for all of the different variants of the conexant modem routersWith hindsight, a wireless solution would have saved loads of network cables in the loft and in cupboards etc where I ran the ethernet network.
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