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Hey guys I need your help.

A bit of history before I get into my question. For the past...ever we have had verizon as our only source of internet other than satellite internet. We only get 3 mega bits of download speed, and the ping is about 20 milliseconds. It isn't great, but I can still game on it just fine.

Well for the longest time, we were using verizons dsl/wireless router combos. They were ok, but they started having major issues about every 6-8 months or so. Major issues would include 2000 millisecond ping, dropped packages, and the router would just disconnect from the internet all together.

They would always replace it, but only after fighting with them for about 2 weeks. In those two weeks my family and I had no internet.

Finally we said F it and we got an actiontek modem and an asus black diamond router.

For just about a year now, everything was fine. No issues what so ever, and the router for that matter is still going strong.

The modem however.........ehhhhhh not so much.

Our download speed is fine, and our ping is still at 18 to 20 milliseconds, but the ping itself spikes pretty bad and fairly regularly. I will say it is no where near as bad as verizon. In fact, it is dying pretty gracefully all things considered. But I am getting tired of the network stuff failing all the time.

So now I am putting my foot down and building my own router. Right now I have a asus motherboard, an intel E8400 and 4GB of DDR3 memory running off of a 60GB SSD (the SSD is intended for caching websites).




So now for my question. The biggest issue I am running into is what to buy for a PCI dsl modem card. I saw a couple of cisco ones that caught my eye, but I wanted to ask the networking gurus.

I am not interested in getting another DSL modem, period. I don't care how good it is. I am going for broke on this, and if it doesn't work, I am moving out of the house to go off to college (to finish my bachelors) soon enough.

Any help would greatly be appreciated.
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The articles here and here may be of help. The refer to m0n0wall, but I believe pfSense and m0n0wall are related.

Could your issue with external ADSL modems be overheating? I know here in the UK, the VDSL2 modems supplied by BT OpenReach (Huawei EchoLife HG612) are prone to overheating and failing if not mounted correctly.
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@OP

The articles here and here may be of help. The refer to m0n0wall, but I believe pfSense and m0n0wall are related.

Could your issue with external ADSL modems be overheating? I know here in the UK, the VDSL2 modems supplied by BT OpenReach (Huawei EchoLife HG612) are prone to overheating and failing if not mounted correctly.

Thanks. I already know that the issue is due to the capacitors. They are only rated for about a year or so of constant use. That is why I am looking at a cisco enterprise level ADSL card. thumb.gif
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