My daughter has decided to use talktalk (TT) free broadband. TT offer their ADSL modem for £30. I happen to have a spare ADSL modem and suggested she uses it. TTs notes (on their website)on the choice of modem suggest that if the ADSL modem is more than a year old it might not work because TT are using some very upto date technology (by which comment I suppose them to mean that we should buy their £30 version).
Does anyone know what they are talking about? what technology they might be using which is not compatible with an ADSL modem no matter what vintage? (& which works well enough with AOL as the ISP)? Or do you suspect as I do that this is technospeak to frighten technophobes with £30 they don't know what else to do with in their back pockets? JohnB ps the ADSL modem (do I mean router?) I have is a 10/100 ethernet cable connection to the ethernet card in the pc type and so is configured using 192.168.1.1 from IE - it also has a USB option which is v slow (1 MIP) - the ethernet cable connection is as fast you'd expect it to be. And is made by Castlenet - TW.
Stuart, thanks. I think what I get from your reply is that you would not expect any difficulties merely because the modem was more than a year old - I so I should not worry about it. I can handle that! I have read all the TalkTalk threads I think but thanks for the pointer.
Also, in the Installing Broadband section, it states: "Most ADSL routers sold in the UK will be ready to connect to TalkTalk Broadband. The settings should be as below. If you have any problems with your router, please contact the manufacturer. We can't offer any support for hardware we haven't supplied.
VPI = 0 VCI = 38 DNS settings (primary) 126.96.36.199 DNS settings (secondary) 188.8.131.52 Authentication = CHAP Encapsulation mode = PPP over ATM (PPPoA). VC-MUX
You will also need your TalkTalk Broadband username and password. You'll find these in the welcome letter we sent." (click here)
Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol is used by Point to Point Protocols to check the identity of remote clients. As it is a default standard, there should be no need to enter it if there is no means to do so.
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