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Hi,

I have a small office network.  2 Servers.  connected to 2 switches.  Connected to a linksys router.  Connected to a Westell DSL Modem.

I think the modem is dieing, it's like 5 years old.  This is a link to a similar one that is for sale:
http://www.pcliquidations.com/item.asp?id=641

I'm trying to find a replacement for this.  Every modem I look at has extra crap built into it.  They all act as gateway / the also act as routers / they want to assign IP's / built security.  All stupid crap that I don't want.

Why can't I find a plain old DSL modem, nothing extra?  What could I through into google to get some hits?  Where can I find one, can anyone find an example?
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yeah I saw that webpage.......it looked somewhat amateurish.........have you bought anything from there before?

I'll see if I can find somekind of review.
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The term most carriers use for what it sounds like your looking for is a DSL Bridge.  Most DSL modems that I work with have all the extra features you mentioned but can be configured to be in "bridge" or "transparent bridge" mode.  Where the modem does basically nothing but terminate the line and any PPP authentication or static IP info, NAT, DHCP, etc will need to be configured by the user.  

Unfortunately I don't work with many modems that are a pure bridge device but I do work with many that have the extra features you don't want but support bridge mode.  Zyxel 660, Actiontec GT701, and Westell 6100 DSL modems are all ones I can think of off the top of my head that support bridging.  

I found these online that say they are only bridge so you may want to check these out
http://www.broadxent.com/products/product.aspx?catid=585&subcatid=587&pid=4873
http://www.dslmodemsdirect.com/ModemModels/5515.htm
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most westel dsl modems can be put into " bridge" mode so you do not need the "crap".  What model westell modem do you have and why do you think it is dieing. 5 years is still young
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I think it is dieing.......because I have periods of slow internet......where the speeds go down to dial up speeds or worse.

I disconnected everything, let it sit for a few minutes, then fired everything back up and it started working again.

Every other piece of equipment I have is less than a year old.

The slow speeds have been happening off and on for probably a year.  But it has never been this slow or this frequent.

This is all I have to go on.
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Oh and by the way......I did order pretty much an exact replacement from DSLdepot.com........it is supposed to be here today.

I'll hook it up.....but I don't know if we will be able to notice any kind of change......as the internet seems to be running fine at the moment.
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Well......

My internet was slow for about 15 minutes there......so I guess the problem wasn't solved.  I call my DSL provider and he says he doesn't see any problems.

Does anyone know of a good packet sniffer program or something that might help pinpoint where the problem is occuring?
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