[Gllug] ADSL modem -- WTF?

Ian Norton bredroll at darkspace.org.uk
Thu Jul 15 13:16:22 UTC 2004

Tethys wrote:

>When I went and
>asked, the salesdroids all asked if I already had a modem[1]. WTF?
>Given that there is no modulation/demodulation going on, it's got
>to be a marketing ploy, as that's a term people are used to. But
>what is it? You can buy a standalone ADSL modem, an ADSL router,
>or a single box with the two combined. If the "modem" is the bit
>that handles the PPPoA, then what's the router (i.e., what makes
>it specifically an ADSL router as opposed to any other IP router)?
 From my understanding of things, the adsl filters and simply high pass 
and low pass filters, (low pass for phone and high pass for the dsl)
the adsl signal must be modulated somehow as if it were a pure digital 
signal it would have infinate (theoretically) frequency components, 
also, if it were digital surely i could use isdn?

correct me if im barking.

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