DSL may be less common these days, but it is still a fact of life for some. Unfortunately, many DSL modem router combination devices are outdated and slow. This leads to many home owners being unnecessarily frustrated with the internet connection speed.
A typical internet connection speed for DSL is advertised around 30 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. When we moved from the city and started retrofitting our cabin, this was a big challenge to work around. Even though these speeds are sufficient to stream TV, the Century Link internet connection would frequently drop out. We’d suddenly lose WiFi or internet connection in the middle of a show.
No more. Here’s how we fixed the download speeds here at the cabin…
Frontier vs. Century Link Speed Tests
Frontier and Century Link are two of the largest DSL providers.
Both are available here in Colorado, which begs the question: which is better?
Unfortunately, there’s not a good answer to this. Both Frontier and Century Link have struggled to keep up with the times. They both accepted money from the US government to achieve certain performance goals which were never met. So… there are no “good” DSL options. However, there is a general truism for DSL in particular:
The fewer of your neighbors who use it, the faster it will be.The slow speeds associated with DSL are related to its use of old technology: phone lines. This medium is especially prone to congestion, so the internet use of your neighbors will play a large role in your speed at any given time.
One quick-and-easy, obvious improvement that can be made is to buy a new modem/router. Odds are, your modem/router combo is an old an outdated model. Many people still rent their modem from the ISP, as well. It’s much cheaper to just buy your own modern modem/router:
|NETGEAR Cable Modem CM500 - Compatible with All Cable Providers Including Xfinity by Comcast,...|
Netgear products, such as the one above, tend to be good quality networking hardware. You should always check that the modem will work with your provider first, though.
For a more hands-on approach (and even better results)…
Using a Separate Router
It’s possible to only use the modem part of the modem/router.
This is called “transparent bridging” or “access point” mode. If you look at the instructions for your device (try googling the serial number on the modem), you should find a section devoted to enabling this feature.
Transparent bridging removes the router feature.You will need to provide your own router, instead.
Not clear on the difference between a modem and a router?