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By d.jones092 ·
Has anyone noticed the sudden disappearance of DSL modems from the open market? Last year they could be bought almost anywhere...not try it. We have been unable to locate them. We even went so far as to contact a vendor, but were told by them that they are only sold to ISPs now.

Has some piece of legislation passed that has been kept quiet?

Thanks for any info.

Dennis Jones

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by Oz_Media In reply to DSL Modem

In Canada they are on sale every week and advertised by the major electronics stores.

Perhapse the local telco's have taken such a command of the market there that vendors see no value in stocking them?!?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to DSL Modem

There is no conspiracy that i know of...;&gt
try google-ing 'DSL router' (instead of modem).
there are ton's of the out there....
i like the Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router
have fun...

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by TheChas In reply to DSL Modem

Only the basic laws of economics.

It is more of an issue of a difficult market.

Retailers do not stock products that do not meet minimum sales, or produce a number of problems.

Many DSL providers have starter packages that include a free modem. This differs from cable where the provided modem is leased.

The main problem with DSL modems is that the DSL providers will NOT support the use of any modem other than the modem that they provide.

It can be difficult to get even a different model modem from the same manufacture to work on a DSL line.

Combine a high return rate with a low sales rate, and the product disappears from the retail market.

I checked Price Watch, and a few web-tailers, and found less than 5 DSL modems.

Chas

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to DSL Modem

ical change, to be picky a DSL modem is attached to only one PC and works kinda like a normal modem but faster. A DSL Router/Switch has the same capability but also works as a switch or router with 4 to 8 ports, and can come in variants with firewalls etc. The DSL Router/Switch cost about the same to make as a DSL Modem but is much more versatile thus many people want the router/switch for the little extra, thus the companies are moving away from straight DSL modems to DSL Routers or DSL Switches. Just search on DSl Router or DSL Switch or DSL you will find plenty

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