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How Much Does a DSL Modem Cost?

 
low costDSL Modem: $40-$90average costDSL Modem/Router Combination: $80-$200
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A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) modem provides Internet access by translating the DSL signal transmitted by a phone company into something a computer understands. Most DSL modems are external, but rare internal DSL modems are available. DSL modems are faster than dial-up modems, but not quite as fast as cable modems.

Typical costs:

  • A DSL modem costs $40-$90. DSL modems are frequently aimed at specific DSL carriers. Walmart sells modems for a variety of service providers including Actiontec modem for Verizon DSL[1] for $66 and Motorola DSL modem for AT&T[2] for $50.
  • Some DSL modems are combination devices with routers, which create a wireless network. These devices cost $80-$200. The more expensive units allow for faster rates of transfer. The Netgear 802.11n Wireless Router with DSL Modem handles data transfer of up to 150 Mbps and costs $80 at Best Buy. However, the Netgear Rangemax Dual-Band Wireless-N router with DSL modem[3] , which is twice as fast, is about $150.
  • Some Internet service providers offer rental of DSL modems for a monthly fee of $5-$10. Comcast[4] charges $5-$7 per month to rent a DSL modem, where service is available.
  • Some Internet service providers sell DSL modems and provide them with installation of the DSL service. These modems cost $50-$150. AT&T[5] sells DSL modems for $75-$100 with their service.
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What should be included:
  • In the box with a DSL modem should be a power supply, a phone cord, a software CD and an owner's manual.
Additional costs:
  • DSL Internet service costs vary depending on speed. Residential DSL service costs $15-$50 per month, on average, across the country. Nationwide Internet service providers include AT&T[6] , Comcast[7] , Verizon[8] , Time-Warner Cable and Charter Communications[9] .
  • To create a wireless network in a home or office, a wireless router is required. Individual routers cost $20-$180 depending on the signal strength it creates -- higher signal strengths create larger Wi-Fi zones. Amazon[10] sells routers for both business and residential needs.
  • Replacement or longer phone cords might be necessary for a DSL modem. Depending on the length, cords cost $1-$20. For example, Radio Shack[11] sells cords starting at $1.
Discounts:
  • Internet service providers such as regularly offer discount prices on Internet service for an initial trial period. Charter Communications[12] has DSL service starting at $20 per month.
  • Verizon[13] provides a free DSL modem to customers who sign up for the DSL service. While the DSL modem is free, there is a $20 fee to ship the device.
Shopping for a dsl modem:
  • PC Magazine provides a comprehensive networking buying guide[14] .
  • Top Ten Reviews provides a comparison guide of top-selling DSL modems[15] and routers[16] .
  • Fry's Electronics[17] , with stores in nine Western and Midwestern states, has regular deals on networking products.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.walmart.com/ip/Actiontec-Modem-for-Verizon-DSL/10828215?findingMethod=rr
  2.  www.walmart.com/ip/Motorola-ATT-SW-Cable-Modem/14262042?findingMethod=rr
  3.  www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-DGND3300-RangeMax-Wireless-N-Router/dp/B001UHMB5O
  4.  /www.comcast.com/localization/localize.cspx?Referer=%2fshop%2fbuyflow2%2fproducts.cspx%...
  5.  www.att.com/smallbusiness/internet/internet.jsp?prodType=hsi
  6.  www.att.com/smallbusiness/internet/internet.jsp?prodType=hsi
  7.  /www.comcast.com/localization/localize.cspx?Referer=%2fshop%2fbuyflow2%2fproducts.cspx%...
  8.  www22.verizon.com/home/highspeedinternet/
  9.  www.buycharter.com/internet.aspx
  10.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_15?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=wire...
  11.  www.radioshack.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2032092&numProdsPerPage=60
  12.  www.buycharter.com/internet.aspx
  13.  www22.verizon.com/home/highspeedinternet/
  14.  www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1159496,00.asp
  15.  dsl-modem-review.toptenreviews.com/
  16.  wireless-router-review.toptenreviews.com/
  17.  www.frys.com/search?plusearch=2596781%202871304%203321502%203805567%203922738%203938428...
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