Others who buy modems want a capability in the modem that the ISP’s standard issue does not include.The Netopia 2210, for example, includes a firewall and VPN (Virtual Private Network) passthrough, features that might be lacking in the DSL modems supplied by an ISP.
The majority of people allow the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide the equipment as part of the contract or through leasing or sales options.
Some who purchase a modem are trading the security of ISP product support and ongoing equipment upgrades in order to save money after a calculated break-even point of approximately one year.
The Netopia modem has all of the essential features in the DSL modems category and more.
It covers the basics with a Fast Ethernet port, an RJ-11 ADSL port, lights that show link status and a reset button.
If you want to save yourself the trouble of hacking your way into the 2210-02 to simply get your modem online due to AT&T’s foolishness, you can just update your modem using this firmware file.
It was downloaded directly from AT&T’s server, and a few people have told me it works. nta787r27_MD5 (nta787r27_attsw.bin) = 715b2b5d3071731fffbb91ca686a5377 If you’re interested in how I obtained the file, I may post the method I used or tell you about it.