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no_pulse March 20, 2010 12:59 AM

TekSavvy Modems
I'm making a switch from cogeco to TekSavvy. I live with my sister and she has a package plan with Cogeco, which includes hdtv, phone and internet. I'm always going over the bandwidth usage and don't feel like shelling out and extra $50 for over usage ontop of the rent I pay here. So i've decided to get my own internet.

Anyways, for those of you that are with TekSavvy, what modem would you recommend that is reliable, fast and futureproof? Is it worth getting a modem they supply, or buying your own? I heard mixed feelings about their all in one (modem/router/wifi) SpeedTouch 585 modems. Some people have said just to get their Speedtouch 516 modem and buy your own router with wifi.

I've never had to actually buy a DLS modem, so that is why I am asking for help. I don't know what would be the best DSL modem to get that would be hassle free and reliable ontop of getting the best speeds.

I know I would need a router as I do online banking, and the router would have to have wifi since my g/f has a wifi laptop.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

stoanee March 20, 2010 04:57 AM

Thomson TN516 Speedtouch ADSL 2/2+ Modem / Router External - DirectCanada

The Thomson/Gentek brand of modem is what you want. You can get variuos models , some with wifi capability. Google around, there was a dealer somewhere in Ontario that had very good prices. The base model modem I linked to works well.

Stix26 March 20, 2010 09:26 PM

I'm on day 1 service from TekSavvy today!

I'm on the unlimited bandwidth plan which is extremely refreshing after being forced into a 60GB cap with Bell.

As for the modem, I've got the Speedtouch 516 (the one posted above) and paid virtually the same price.

JD March 20, 2010 10:04 PM

TP-Link 8616 works great too and it's like $20.

Keywork March 20, 2010 11:18 PM

The Thompson 516 is a VERY solid modem. I haven't had a single issue with mine since day 1. I'm not even sure if i have ever had to restart it..... But yea, it's got a ton of built in features and it's rock solid. No need to look anywhere else.

BigDogg March 21, 2010 05:54 AM

I use the TP-Link TD 8816 $26.99 works great get full speed and no issues. Actually don't think the modem has even needed a reboot since I got it.

Canada Computers - TP-LINK TD-8816, ADSL2/2+ Ethernet Router

JD March 21, 2010 07:25 AM

I had the ST516 but mine started to act flaky. They also run rather hot too. Replaced it with the TP-Link 8616 (I hate having a modem with router/firewall and crap as I have my own router), and all has been perfect since.

no_pulse March 21, 2010 02:19 PM

Is the Thompson 516 the same one you can buy from TekSavvy?

stoanee March 21, 2010 02:53 PM


Originally Posted by no_pulse (Post 351233)
Is the Thompson 516 the same one you can buy from TekSavvy?

yes it is

no_pulse March 22, 2010 07:29 PM

Thanks for the help everyone :) I'm just going to get the basic modem and add a router when I decide to :) Unfortunately I had to get the dry loop DSL because my sister is on Cogeco's digital phone line service. I'm a bit worried as I have read a few posts on DSLreports.com with people going back and forth with TekSavvy and Bell because of the dry loop. I have a feeling it won't be a simple hookup, and that TekSavvy will require me to hire a third party to install a new jack or reconfigure the jack.

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