Two weeks ago our blog was about getting a great cable modem. Today I’ve asked Chris to enlighten us about DSL modems.
The two major Internet Service Providers (ISP) in the state of Colorado are CenturyLink (previously known as Qwest), and Xfinity (previously known as Comcast).
Note that CenturyLink is the only provider of DSL internet service. Within the past week, I saw a standard DSL modem with “DISHnet” printed on the top of it. I know for a fact that Dish subcontracts with CenturyLink in the state of Colorado to provide DSL internet service, but you would have to call Dish to have any DSL troubles or questions resolved – because CenturyLink will not have a record of you or your account. So in general, if you want DSL internet service, you will be best served by going direct and getting this service through CenturyLink.
The easiest way to get a DSL modem that is compatible with CenturyLink DSL is to get a CenturyLink branded DSL modem, for about $100. The CenturyLink branded DSL modems have an “Auto-Configure” capability built in, which will automatically get the configuration it needs using the Caller-ID from your phone line.
However, contrary to the general advice of CenturyLink, you can use other DSL modems – but there are some “magic values” that will need to be entered into the DSL modem.
The magic DSL values are:
- DSL VPI: 0
- DSL VCI: 32
- Authentication uses PPPoA.
- You will need to manually enter the Userid and Password, which is gotten from CenturyLink.
The WiFi in the CenturyLink modem is okay, but not great. There are a few DSL modems that can improve your WiFi service. Some specific recommendations are:
- CenturyLink ActionTec C1000A Wireless-N VDSL2 Modem / Router
- NETGEAR AC1200 WiFi DSL (Non-Cable) Modem Router 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit (D6200)
- Actiontec 300 Mbps Wireless-N ADSL Modem Router (GT784WN)
- CenturyLink ZyXEL PK5001z
Want more technical information about DSL? Read more in this separate article.
One of the common problems with DSL is that the service becomes Oversubscribed. We love where we live, and in general we wouldn’t change a thing, except if only the internet service wasn’t so slow sometimes. The best way to solve this lack of available bandwidth problem is:
- You call the ISP about poor performance,
- You talk with your Town and your County about poor internet performance, and ask them to begin to have conversations with the ISP – because sometimes Politics can be put to good use to incrementally improve aspects of Your life.
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