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SKYMTL September 22, 2008 08:28 AM

TekSavvy for SKYMTL. Need Input
As some of you know, I will be moving which means I loose my current Bell contract with high speed DSL plus unlimited downloads & uploads.

I am leaning towards TekSavvy but I have to admit that I don't know enough about the current modem options as I should.

Do I purchase my modem from TekSavvy or is there one I can buy from an etailer / retailer here in Canada which is compatible with the TekSavvy service? If I do go with the TekSavvy service, I have the following options:

Speedtouch 516
Purchase for $99

SpeedTouch 546 (4 ports)
Purchase for $125

SpeedTouch 585 (Modem/4 ports/Wireless)
Purchase for $140

SpeedTouch 780 (Modem/4 ports)
Purchase for $164.99

Personally, I have had rotten luck with Speedtouch in the past so I would like to avoid it if possible. Especially for wireless.

So, which options do I have here for a modem? I will probably go with a basic D-Link wireless router for my wireless needs but those Speedtouch modems bug me...

encorp September 22, 2008 08:46 AM

Well all modems will technically be compatible, I know Rogers and Bell dodge the idea of letting you use your own but if you put up a fight they'll let you. I'm sure Techsavvy is better at customer service so you should be able to hook up any unit. Something like this NCIX.com - Buy D-LINK DSL-2320B ADSL2/2+ ETHERNET/USB Modem TR-067 IEEE802.3 - DSL-2320B In Canada. (although you'd need a router or one of the other models that offers both).

Inik September 22, 2008 08:58 AM

give us some feedback about your speed when you'll be all set, because I would maybe change to Teksavvy so I can have unlimited bandwitch. HOnestly, I'm a bit scare to leave my current speed with videotron without being sure Teksavvy's speed is okay.

Jack Rabbit September 22, 2008 09:04 AM

What about the modem you are using with Bell now?

Have you tried the customer retention line? Since you are genuinely willing to dump thier service you may be able to bargain for a better deal.

Cheator September 22, 2008 09:29 AM

Get the cheapest modem you can and then use a router to bridge it. There is really no reaason to use these units as a router if you're tech savvy ;). You will get better speed and stability out of them anyway.

miggs78 September 22, 2008 09:32 AM

Hey SKY, You've been a nice person, if you want I can send you a D-Link router/dsl modem combo I used in the past with my DSL provider here. I didn't use it much. Only thing is you will need Cat 5/6 cables. I'll get you the model number as soon as I get home.. If your interested, more like a Christmas present... :)

SKYMTL September 22, 2008 10:36 AM

I have a ton of Cat5 cable.

Any recommendations for IN STOCK modems?

As for Bell wanting to keep me as a customer, their retention plans have about as much appeal as a root canal.

matsta31 September 22, 2008 10:38 AM


I was looking at them too. But I stopped since I could not find an answer if I could keep my phone services from videotron and while receiving the DSL from them.

Would be interested in the speed it provides.

Jon_di2 September 22, 2008 10:53 AM

Teksavvy is great, any modem will do, I have a speedstream 5200 which I bought on ebay for $20. Personally I find that the modem doesn't matter that much, I would take a look on ebay (unless you don't like ebay for some reason). Just search speedstream on ebay and buy it used or new from a reputable seller and it should all be good!

SKYMTL September 22, 2008 12:43 PM

I try to avoid Ebay these days. Bah, seems that there aren't too many modems out there these days. And from Bell I have a Speedstream that is on its last legs.

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