The 7 Best ADSL Modems

Updated November 30, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

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We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. 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 picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. 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.


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Last updated on November 30, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

A traveling chef, musician, and student of the English language, Chris can be found promoting facts and perfect copy around the globe, from dense urban centers to remote mountaintops. In his free time he revels in dispelling pseudoscience, while at night he dreams of modern technology, world peace, and the Oxford comma.


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