Want to install a DSL/cable combo modem that switches between the services if one is down

Posted on 2006-07-20
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I want to install a DSL/cable combo modem that switches between the services if one is down. My cable internet service has been so unreliable lately I would like to subscribe to both DSL and cable internet service and get one of the modems that switches between the services if one goes down.  I think they automatically choose whichever service is faster.  Do you have a recommendation on which one to buy for your home?  Is it just a matter of plugging the services into it and calling the service providers?  Can the signal then be sent thru a router to other computers in the house?  They are coming to set up my DSL service and I wanted to have the new modem purchased before they got here.  Thanks, Jim
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giltjr earned 2000 total points
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Personally I have never seen a modem that support both Cable and ADSL.

However here are a couple of "routers" that have two "WAN" ports that support connections to two different ISPs.  You should be able to get a Cable modem and a ADSL modem and connect one WAN port to one and the other WAN port to the other.


Some the links are old artical, but the vendors may still sell the devices.
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I agree with giltjr. I haven't seen a modem capable of what you describe.
Using a router with 2 WAN ports would provide a backup should one go down.

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