ISP requires PPPoE - is that because of the ISP or modem?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by patent10021, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    My ISP requires that I connect via PPPoE. The lame ISP doesn't even have a quick setup [auto setup] process via CD or dmg. No problem as PPPoE isn't a problem even though I don't like it. If anything goes wrong I'm always having to fiddle with my PPPoE settings in Airport Utility etc. Sort of a nuisance.

    I'm using my Airport Express and get dropouts quite often. Could be torrent throttling, maybe not. The modem I have is the stock ISP modem which I don't like anyway because it only has one LAN port.

    I was thinking of buying my own modem. Can you buy any modem? Would that eliminate the requirement for a PPPoE connection? Is PPPoE required because of the the modem or ISP or both?
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    PPPoE is required by your ISP. DSL service usually.
    You can buy any modem that is compatible with your ISP. They should have a list somewhere on their site.

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