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TP-LINK TD-8616 ADSL2+ Modem Up to 24Mbps downstream ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ Standards 1 x RJ11 Port, 1 x RJ45
  • Up to 24Mbps downstream
  • 1 x 10/100Mbps RJ45 Port
  • 1 x RJ11 Port
  • IEEE Standards: IEEE 802.3, 802.3u
  • ADSL Standards:
  • Full-rate ANSI T1.413 Issue 2, ITU-T G.992.1(G.DMT), ITU-T G.992.2(G.Lite)
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  • $49.99
  • $25.26
  • Save: $24.73 (49%)
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Pros:

No useless stuff, just a plain ADSL modem. Plug and play. Fast and stable connection. Heat well controlled. Cheap.

Cons:

None.

Other Thoughts:

Do not purchase the device if you need a router or even a PPPoE or PPPoA client. It does not do any of that. The device is a simple RFC 1483 bridge (layer 2), nothing more and nothing less.

I might be weird but I like to tweak my devices. As such I connect to the outside world using a dedicated Linux box which takes care of PPPoE and the such, so all I need is an ADSL modem. I started by using a modem-router with the router part disabled (wasteful). I then switched to a PCI ADSL modem. The card eventually died and the respective company does not make those anymore. I was therefore happy to discover this minimal modem, and even happier to see that it performs as advertised. It is truly a plug-and-play device; the only thing that may be needed is changing the VPI and VCI values but in my case I did not even need to do this, I just put it in between my router and the wall plug and it started to work.

The device is reasonably cool in a partially enclosed server rack (that hosts two server-class machines and a Nortel Baystack switch), meaning that it is slightly warm but does not add significantly to the overall rack temperature.

Overall I would have preferred a PCI modem like I had earlier, but this device is definitely the next best thing. I am very happy.

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