All broadband modem routers are not the same. Many broadband users assume that all models are pretty much alike in terms of performance, so that price differences can be attributed to differences in features (such as the presence of WiFi) and aesthetics. This could not be further from the truth.
We have used many different broadband modem routers over the years, and we are constantly surprised at how different they are in terms of connection speeds and their ability to hold their connection. Perhaps even more importantly, modems differ significantly in their ability to tweak the broadband connection to maximise speeds. There may be significant benefits in upgrading now to a high-quality model that provides extensive optimisation features.
Our ADSL/ADSL2+ recommendation – the Billion 7800DXL
Currently, there are a large number of broadband modem routers available but the vast majority do not allow broadband users to maximise the performance of their connection, for example by tweaking the target SNR margin, which can make a huge positive impact on broadband speeds.
So, it’s not surprising that one of the questions we are asked most often is, “Can you recommend a good broadband router that allows me to get the very best speeds from my line?” Here is our answer.
Our recommendation is currently the Billion BiPAC 7800DXL and you can read our review and guide for the Billion 7800DXL.
Although the Billion 7800DXL is relatively expensive, its reliability and extensive feature list make it a brilliant router/modem for those broadband users that really want to get the very most from their connection.
Here are some of the reasons that we like the Billion 7800DXL so much:
- It allow full and comprehensive tweaking of the target SNR margin in a very easy way. Unlike some other modems, the settings do not get reset when the modem is switched off.
- It incorporates the very latest Broadcom chipset with advanced impulse noise protection.
- It offers comprehensive line statistics, to help diagnose potential problems.
- It is a gigabit router.
- It incorporates dual-band WiFi (802.11n) operating at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and delivers speeds up to 600 Mbps with excellent range.
The Billion 8800NL is a cheaper alternative, and has VDSL2+ fibre broadband compatibility
Billion has recently launched its new 8800NL and we are very excited about it. You can read our review by clicking on the following link:
If you are not bothered about gigabit routing or 5 GHz WLAN capability, it is substantially cheaper than the Billion 7800DXL. The great news is that it also offers target SNR margin adjustment capability so that you can squeeze the very highest speeds from your conventional broadband service.
Another great feature is that it incorporates a VDSL2 modem for fibre broadband! It is compatible with the latest G.INP speed enhancement technology, and works perfectly with BT’s TV service (which uses multicast).
Please do read our most popular guides and pages to get the most from your broadband connection:
Our Increase Broadband Speed Guide provides proven tips on maximising your broadband speed.
Your WiFi could be preventing you from getting the fastest speed possible from your broadband connection. Use our WiFi Optimisation Guide to set up your WiFi for maximum performance.