Why no ADSL modem in Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ascender, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    Just wondering if anyone knows why there's no ADSL modem in the new Airport Extreme box? Surely it would have made sense to have an all-in-one solution for this sort of thing? At the moment I'm wanting to upgrade to it from my current Netgear router, but as there's no ADSL modem in it, I'm kind of stuck unless I want to go to a two box setup which seems pointless.

    Any ideas if they're likely to offer a version with a built-in modem?

  2. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    There's no modem because there are so many different types of modem around. Not everyone uses ADSL, and lots of people are provided with specific modems when they join their ISP.
  3. georgiegirl macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2007
    Why no ADSL modem in Airport Extreme?

    just a few words of warning... I have just bought a new Airport Extreme base and it has not been that great. We set it up with WPA2 security and password etc but then discovered that it was letting any Tom, Dick or Harry access it. After a bit of fiddling and restarting it decided to play ball. However I am fed up with it as it has been impossible to get it to talk consistently to our Canon Pixma MP600R printer. Despite spending hours on the phone to a very nice Airport specialist and then taking the whole kit (router, printer & laptop) down to Regent Street and seeing a tech boy who got it working, it went flaky again after just a day and a half and is now refusing to let us print without bypassing it with a USB cable.

    Basically, don't be seduced by small shiny objects, I am considering taking the Airport Extreme back and getting a Netgear modem/router.

    Also, I think I am going to start adding graffiti to the latest wave of Mitchell & Web poster adds out. I love macs, but you don't just get them out of the box switch and away you go, you still have to mess around with updates and tweeking preferences etc etc...

  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Exactly. I have Fiber. Why the heck would I pay for a built-in ADSL modem? So-and-so has Cable, what would they do with it?

    Personally, I like having my devices separate. If something breaks, it is usually cheaper to replace a single-function device then a multi-function device. It just doesn't make sense to include a DSL modem with a router.

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