Updated November 30, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 7 Best ADSL Modems

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Once a direct competitor with cable in major markets, ADSL now occupies a relatively niche place in the Internet ecosystem. Though it can't approach today's gigabit-level speeds, it operates using a typical phone line, which makes it available in regions where more advanced broadband isn't yet offered. Many of these modems are combined with a router, making your upgrade a one-step process. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best adsl modem on Amazon.

6. TrendNet 816DRM

5. Netgear Nighthawk

4. Zyxel P660HN-51

3. Nexxt Solutions Nova300

2. Netgear D6200

1. Motorola MD1600

Editor's Notes

November 27, 2018:

If you're still reliant on ADSL connections, you may currently be saving considerable cash on a low-budget ISP, you might be lying in wait for Fiber to be installed in your location, or you could just be resistant to giving in to a mediocre satellite setup. Whatever the case, there aren't a ton of ADSL modems around, but there are a couple recently released models that are almost certain to work well. The Nexxt is not only attractive, it's awfully cheap, and plenty functional. Most people will be satisfied. Alternately, the Motorola is a solid option, despite its considerable age. The Zyxel is about as close as you'll find to a "high-end" option, and the CenturyLink combo router is ideal if you can't seem to find another compatible model. It's actually identical to the one many CenturyLink customers rent for $10/month.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 30, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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