I need a DSL contract, and the hardware for it. Everybody I know (as well as myself in old contracts) just buys a standard modem/router/phone-switchboard combo from their DSL provider commonly refered to as "the router" and plugs it in, period. But the provider I have chosen now only offers a €170 device which seems to have a very enhanced phone/VOIP part and rather boring router capabilities. As I don't use the stationary phone line, and want to play around with the network a bit, I decided to look around for a better router for less money.
The model I like the most until now is a gigabit router from Buffalo, the WZR-HP-G300NH. It has modern hardware, fetches decent evaluations on reviews, and runs some insanely function-rich OS firmware. Also, it only costs €70.
But as I read the bullet list of features, I noticed something strange: "works with 3G modems". Does that mean that it isn't a combined device and that I need to purchase a DSL or 3G modem separately and plug it in together? Or does it mean that it already has a DSL modem built-in just like any other router I've seen, and has an interface for a 3G modem as a backup feature in case the DSL connection is busted?
If it needs a separate modem, could you please give me a hint where to look for one? Who produces pure modems for home use?