converter for dsl to cable modem?

August 2, 2010 at 09:37:17
Specs: Windows XP

I am currently looking for a cable modem with a build in wireless-n router. However, the only products/devises I can find only have dsl modems/plugs. Is there something like a converter I can buy in order to buy the efficient devise I want and still be able to use my cable internet? Or am I not looking in the right place for the right modem/router combo.



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#1
August 2, 2010 at 09:59:16

I've never come across, or have seen an ad for, a high speed cable combo router / modem. You probably need to get a standalone wireless N router, connect it to a standalone cable modem.

I've never heard or or have seen an ad for an adapter that can be used with a combo DSL or ADSL router/modem that allows you to connect to a cable high speed connection. I very much doubt that they exist.
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You don't benefit from a wireless N router unless both ends of the wireless connection are wireless N. They're backward compatible with wireless G or B, but if you connnect to a wireless G or B device, you have the same limitations that those older standards have.

The cheaper wireless N routers have 10/100 mbps wired ports.
The more expensive ones have 10/100/1000(Gigabit) mbps wired ports. If you don't need to connect between wired network devices at 1000mbps speeds (approaching but not reaching 100 megabytes per second rather than 10 megabytes per second; requires Cat 6 rated network cables), such as if you want to use that capability to transfer data between computers via a cross wired network cable, then the ones with the 10/100mbps wired ports are fine. Either will yield you the same max speeds on the internet.

Most people do not need a dual band Wireless N router, the most expensive kind.


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#2
August 2, 2010 at 10:07:17

most appreciated for the fast response. Questions answered.

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#3
August 2, 2010 at 10:25:07

OK.

If you think you might need the max wireless N range (distance between the two ends of the wireless N connection) go for a model with at least two antennas.

Check out the model's manual and the manufacturer's web site support info for whatever model online BEFORE you buy the router to see if they're okay for your capabilities.

E.g. I've found D-Link models have better manuals (more "newby" friendly) and online support than most.


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