Best ADSL Modem: Our Recommended ADSL/ADSL2+ Modem Router

Mark HeathNew! For our latest recommendations, visit our Which Broadband Router Modem page.

Particularly for broadband users living a significant distance from their BT exchange, the choice of modem router can make a substantial difference to the speeds that can be obtained on ADSL and ADSL2+ lines. Modem routers are certainly not all the same, and we have found significant differences between models in terms of delivered speeds and the extent to which they hold on to their connection in the presence of noise and interference.

For several years, our recommended modem router of choice was the Billion 7800N, which gained a reputation among broadband users for delivering the highest speeds possible, particularly on longer lines. This is principally due to the combination of its robust Broadcom chipset and its unique target Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) margin adjustment feature.

Billion 7800DXL

Billion has introduced a new modem – the Billion 7800DXL, which upgrades the specification of the Billion 7800N in several key respects, including:

  • incorporation of the latest Broadcom chipset
  • improved target SNR margin adjustment (which is no longer controlled from a hidden menu)
  • dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless capability.

You can read our ongoing review of the Billion 7800DXL by clicking on the following link:

Review of the Billion 7800DXL

We have been delighted with what we have seen so far, with additional improvements in usability and the provision of detailed line statistics. As a results of the worthwhile improvements, the Billion 7800DXL is now our recommended modem router for broadband users who want to extract the very highest speeds.

For our full list of router recommendations, visit our Which Broadband Router Modem page.

Don’t forget to read our Increase Broadband Speed Guide for tips on how to squeeze the fastest speed possible from your broadband connection.

Also, did you realise that your Wi-Fi connection could be the bottleneck of your broadband connection? Read our WiFi Optimisation Guide to optimally set up WiFi for the best range and performance.