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16 December 2008 @ 08:26 am
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This is a question for all BSNL Broadband users.

I want to apply for the Broadband connection offered by BSNL. But I am not able to decide which modem to choose.

1) Should I buy my own modem or take the one provided by BSNL?

2) If I decide to buy my own modem then which modem is a better one (Company and model number would be helpful), how do I configure the modem that I own. Will the installation guys come and configure it?

3) If I take the modem from BSNL, should I opt for rental or out right purchase?

4) Which type of modem should I take, if I am opting to take the modem from BSNL:
Type - I
Type - II
Type - III
Type - IV
Whats the difference between them all ?

Suggestions like don't go for BSNL connection is not valid, since BSNL is the last option I have got. I have tried every other connection and every thing sucks, especially Wi-MAX.
Current Location: Bangalore, India
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pmax3 on December 16th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....): Muse....angiasaa on December 16th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Your current location says Bangalore.. But where do you plan on having your BSNL connection? The locals would be best suited toward helping you out on this.

Do you intend to go for a Wi-Fi enabled Modem/Router or would a plug-n-slug one do for you?

If you're in Bangalore, I suggest trying to tap out a post on bangalore. That would probably be your best bet as of now.

Oh, and once you're done with the whole purchase/installation, do tell us what you ended up choosing and (if possible) also why. :)

Edited at 2008-12-16 07:36 pm (UTC)
sandy_tr on December 17th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
Yep, its already posted in Lj_Bangalore also
saiprasad on December 16th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Here's my opinion.
1. Take the one provided by BSNL - Helps when you have to contact customer support. They're only well versed with modems they provide.
2. Installation guys should configure it. Again, refer my point above.
3. Doesn't matter much. I'd say go for Rental.
4. I don't really remember the difference, but go with the one that has four ethernet ports and built-in WiFi (must be Type IV). This might seem costly and unnecessary but it's worth it. If you already have WiFi router, go for the one with Ethernet and USB port (I think Type II).
sandy_tr on December 17th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, i also got the same suggestion from a lot of others too.

If we don't have a Modem from BSNL they will simply refuse to provide support during network outage.

I opted to buy it than rent since i would end up paying (500 deposit + 250 installation charge + 50 monthly rental) vs (1200 to buy the modem from BSNL + free installation + no deposit + no rental)

Yes i know. if something happens to the modem then i would in trouble. But for most of them using BSNL told me that they have not faced any problem with the modem and have been using it since BSNL launched their service some years ago...