The 6 Best DSL Modems

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in May of 2019. If you live in an area where cable or fiber optic access is limited, you might still be relying on a phone line to get connected to the internet. These DSL modems maximize the amount of data you can pull from a traditional phone jack without interrupting service every time somebody picks up the receiver to make a call. We've ranked them here by their speed, connectivity, and ease of use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best dsl modem on Amazon.

6. TrendNet AC750 Wireless

5. Netgear High Speed DM200

3. Motorola VDSL2

2. Actiontec Electronics GT784WN Wireless-N

1. Netgear N300 Wi-Fi

Editor's Notes

May 16, 2019:

A lot of the market is still pushing some outdated tech for DSL consumers, even among some of the brand names that made it onto our list here. Some of the more popular brands among cable modems and routers don't have a showing at all, though, as they've phased out production on DSL equipment due to the prevalence of cable and fiber optic services. We wanted to make sure we kept our ranking relatively current, with many of the top models being produced more recently to help ensure they offer the best security features and the strongest Wi-Fi connections. The Netgear model at number one and the Motorola at number three are great examples of this, as they're both newer additions to the marketplace that have a lot of modern features to offer users, from stronger firewalls and VPN services to wireless signals that will actually cover an entire home. Moving down the list, you might see some older models, but these are still solid pieces of hardware that often serve as a way for people to save money on the tech they need to get connected. A big bottom line was compatibility, however, and most of the models here work with the top providers of broadband internet.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on May 30, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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