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Does buying an expensive ADSL2+ modem increase speed?

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#1 nongmookub


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:00 AM


Hoping someone can help me solve this long running debate. I currently am with TPG Umlimited using the ADSL 2+ Wireless modem I got when I signed up with them. Which is a Netcomm N300 wifi adsl2+ modem.

According to the TPG coverage map I am a possible 668m line of sight / 1069m cable distance from the exchange.

I have run a speed test at speedtest.net with these results:

PING: 30 ms
Download: 6.82 Mbps
UPLOAD: 0.72 Mbps

I don't have a home phone so there for there are no filters plugged in.

I usually connect to Wifi using my Samsung S4 and and have run a test using speedtest.net on my phone while connected to wifi with these results:

PING: 243 ms
DOWNLOAD: 7.15 Mbps
UPLOAD: 1.37 Mbps

Although if I run the test using the Telstra 4g I get these results:

PING: 136 ms
DOWNLOAD: 28.12 Mbps
UPLOAD: 8.70 Mbps

My question is if I were to purchase a decent wifi modem around the 250-300 dollar mark would my speeds be likely to increase? I have read many forums where people are saying yes by buying a decent modem you can increase speeds, and then on the next line the exact opposite saying the internet connection is only as fast as your IP provider.

While I can fault TPG for reliability it would be nice to have a faster connection especially since I am close to the exchange.

I have posted my device info below also. Any suggestions would be welcomed on how to increase my speed and whether I should purchase another modem. Thanks in advance :D

PS... please keep the information at a reasonable level, I like to think I have a little bit of an idea about tech talk but I wouldn't say im the best..

Device Info

Board ID: 96328ang
Build Timestamp: 120117_1427
Manufacturer: NetComm
Product Class: NB304N
Serial Number: 0060646f3257
Software Version: GAN5.CZ56T-B-NC.AU-R1B033.EN
Bootloader (CFE) Version: 1.0.37-106.24
DSL PHY and Driver Version: A2pD030n.d23c
Wireless Driver Version:

This information reflects the current status of your WAN connection.

Line Rate – Upstream (Kbps): 1020
Line Rate – Downstream (Kbps): 18505
LAN IPv4 Address:
Default Gateway:
Primary DNS Server:
Secondary DNS Server:
LAN IPv6 Address: fe80::1 
Default IPv6 Gateway:
Primary IPv6 DNS Server: 
Secondary IPv6 DNS Server: 
Date/Time: Tue Sep 17 16:04:17 2013


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#2 nongmookub

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:30 AM

Statistics — xDSL
Synchronized Time: 2 6:22:41
Number of Synchronizations: 1
Mode: ADSL2+
Traffic Type: ATM
Status: Up
Link Power State: L0
Copper Loop(kft): 0.0
Downstream Upstream
Line Coding(Trellis): On On
SNR Margin (0.1 dB): 44 124
A ttenuation (0.1 dB): 260 123
Output Power (0.1 dBm): 0 118
A ttainable Rate (Kbps): 19748 1200
Path 0 Path 1
Downstream Upstream Downstream Upstream
Rate (Kbps): 18505 1020 0 0
MSGc (# of bytes in overhead channel message): 54 10 0 0
B (# of bytes in Mux Data Frame): 123 145 0 0
M (# of Mux Data Frames in FEC Data Frame): 2 1 0 0
T (Mux Data Frames over sync bytes): 5 1 0 0
R (# of check bytes in FEC Data Frame): 6 0 0 0
S (ratio of FEC over PMD Data Frame length): 0.4281 4.5447 0.0 0.0
L (# of bits in PMD Data Frame): 4746 257 0 0
D (interleaver depth): 64 1 0 0
Delay (msec): 6.85 1.13 0.0 0.0
INP (DMT symbol): 0.32 0.0 0.0 0.0
Super Frames: 12192688 10631793 0 0
Super Frame Errors: 4928 56 0 0
RS Words: 1828903019 469492 0 0
RS Correctable Errors: 45890078 0 0 0
RS Uncorrectable Errors: 17829 0 0 0
HEC Errors: 13897 37 0 0
OCD Errors: 1 0 0 0
LCD Errors: 1 0 0 0
Total Cells: 4249101727 470619511 0 0
Data Cells: 84290296 75735264 0 0
Bit Errors: 26 3381 0 0
Total ES: 4307 37
Total SES: 0 0
Total UA S: 35 35

#3 Platypus


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:23 AM

Considering this is a US forum you're probably best to pursue your whirlpool topic.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:59 AM

Your internet speed is solely based upon what the little text document has that resides on your ISP's servers. It's pretty much just a notepad document that has what speed you pay for, and it caps you on that speed. Buying a more expensive modem may help you to get closer to your cap limit, but it will not allow you to get higher speeds than what you're paying for.

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