Mostly people with less Tech-savvy about computer networking, they prefer to build their own home wireless network by choosing the wireless devices that is easy to install and less complicated. Generally the main reason to build a wireless network in home is to share the broadband internet connection with couple of computers or more within the household.
If you signup for a DSL broadband internet services, the easiest way to share the internet with multiple computers within the house is using the DSL modem router – the wireless router with built-in ADSL – ADSL2 modem such as Aciontec Gt784wn.
Cable broadband is more popular in the metropolitan area than in small town where ADSL is more popular with the provider of local Telco companies. Mostly the ADSL service provider offers you a monthly basis rent for modem gateway. However, you can buy it yourself so no need to pay a monthly rental.
Actiontec GT764WN is very popular ADSL wireless gateway. The customer rating is Amazon is not so bad, 3.6 out of 5 stars. Modem gateway is designed with vertical form factor and two external antennas.
Kinda looks real stiff, two external antennas pointing upwards, while the body is vertical. It would be nicer if the models come with internal antenna design that become more presentable when placed on a table. Black with gray air vent grille, dark gray is very unsightly than if the color is red or other bright color like the Fritz!Box Fon.
What this Product Does
If you feel complicated with the modem and wireless router is on your desk, then you have the option to install Actiontec GT784wn that integrates ADSL modem with a wireless N router, so there is only one device that you need on your desk. This modem gateway combines three devices in one device, namely:
- A full rate ADSL modem which proved to work on all major DSL providers
- A router with 4-port Switch
- A built-in wireless N access point
How many computers do you need to connect via a network cable directly to the modem? At least only two and the rest are connected through your wifi including Android, iPad and other smart-phones. This modem gateway is able to meet these needs unless you need a USB port to host the storage device which is not equipped for it. This is the shortcoming of this device compared to the new TP-link modem gateway TD-W8968 which is equipped with one USB port for storage or a printer.
For the needs of the wifi network, the device comes with a wireless N300 access point speed is high enough to serve all your mobile devices, so you can roam around the corner.
If your provider gives you the ADSL modem without the router function, then you should add wireless router such as Netgear WNDR3700 which is still quite popular and powerful in N600 class.
Actiontec GT784WN DSL modem router includes built-in AutoDetect Wizard which helps you reduce the complication of building a wireless network. Just connect the modem and power-on. You can access the configuration menu from your browser by typing the default IP address of the modem router which is 192.168.0.1 and press Enter. Follow the included quick installation guideline document to complete the installation.
The figure below shows a common networking diagram using the Actiontec GT784WN DSL modem router. You can install a multi-port wireless media bridge (such as Buffalo Airstation WLI-TX4-AG300N) if you have many types of Ethernet-based home theater including the BOX console, Blu-Ray player, HDTV etc.
The GT784WN includes two RJ-11 ports, one port connects to the DSL line and the other port connects to your phone. So you can use your phone even if you are using the Internet.
Actiontec GT784WN is an easy way to build your wireless N network in home and share your DSL broadband internet services with many users within the household.