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Looking for a new ADSL2 modem

A few days ago, our internet connection at home started getting unreliable.  I noticed it would drop out, but after a reboot it came back.

But then 2 days ago, it seriously just didn’t work.  I could sometimes get an ethernet connection, but even if I could, the configuration web pages were very slow and mostly hung.

What a strage few days it’s been without internet at home.  Unfortunately, as we’re in the middle of planning our next holiday and researching destinations and hotels, it’s come at an inconvenient time.

Oh well, the D-Link DSL-502T did serve me well for quite a few years I guess.

But now to buy a new one and I’m confused!   I already have a Linksys WRT54G for my wireless and a Sipura SPA-3000 for VOIP, so I really only need to buy an ADSL2 modem.  But there’s so many combo models to choose from nowadays – with functionality I don’t currently have like 802.11N support, guest Wifi and USB storage support.  And then there’s iiNet’s BOB.

I’m currently tossing up between iiNet’s BOB on a contract (so it’s not sooo expensive, but so I can get replace 3 boxes with 1), the Billion 5200N (don’t think I need the WAN port of the 7300N) and Netgear DG834G or N.  

Choices, choices, choices… 

But I better decide soon, I’m getting internet withdrawal at home!

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ADSL2 but not ADSL2 speeds

12 months after signing up for ADSL2, I have finally got ADSL2!  Yep it’s taken that long!  No, not iiNet’s fault – but it seems that my local exchange actually didn’t have enough physical space to add more lines – so I was basically waiting for someone to leave or Telstra to renovate the exchange.

But when it was all switched over, my speed increased from about 1Mbps to just below 2Mbps.  What was going on?

I knew I had phone line issues.  Whenever people call us on the land line, it would cut out the internet.  That definitely points to a filter problem.  But I thought we had a central splitter installed.

After some reading on Whirlpool, I got a professional communications installer in and we found that there was an internal wiring problem – my ADSL modem line and phone line were both filtered!

So he fixed that and suddenly I’m getting 5.5Mbps. Much better than before, but still less than the theoretical maximum of 24Mbps – but enough to stream videos and use the PlayStation Network with less delays.  And no more cutouts when someone calls us!

The proposed optical fibre network should help in the future, right?

Note to self – in the future, don’t let the installer go until you check you have a good data speed and it doesn’t cut out when people call in!