Tips to select a suitable Modem for BSNL broadband

October 16, 2009 | by

BSNL-WA-3002-G4-Wi-fi-ADSL-ModemBsnl offers following plans to select a Modem for their broadband connection

  1. Rent a Modem from BSNL
  2. Modem outright purchase form BSNL (one time payment)
  3. Modem purchase from BSNL (Through installements)
  4. Use your own ADSL Modem (purchased from open market)

There are four types of  ADSL Modems

  • Type 1: Type -I Modems are with one Ethernet Port and One USB Port (Eg: Nokia siemens C 2110, Utstar UT 300R, Smart AX MT 882 Utstar UT 300RTU, DLink GLB 502, 802 Etc)
  • Type 2: Type -II Modems having one Ethernet and one Wi Fi port each (Eg: Quidway WA 1003 A, Utstar WA3002-G1 etc)
  • Type 3: Type-III Modems are with four Ethernet ports (Eg: Smart Ax MT 841 type 3)
  • Type 4: Type-IV Modems are with Four Ethernet ports and with WI FI (ZTE ZXDSL 531, Siemens SL2-141, Smart AX MT 841 Type 4 etc)

Note: Most often Type four modems are termed as Type two by BSNL

Following  will help you to select a suitable Modem for your BSNL broadband connection.

Cost: BSNL providing ADSL Modems for very cheap rates. The rates of BSNL Modems

Modem Charges

Modem Type

Modem Sale Price (One time charges)









Monthly Rental





Monthly Rental after 24 months

Rs. 25

Rs. 40

Rs. 25

Rs. 40

If you purchase a Type -IV or type II  Modem from open market, it will cost around Rs 2500/- to 3000/-. BSNL is providing the same for Rs 1600/-.

Quality: The quality and reliability of BSNL Modems are average. BSNL supplied Modems often fail to work properly in poor signal to noice ratio conditions, means frequent disconnection problems are predominant for BSNL supplied Modems.

Rent: If you have heavy internet usage and your Modem runs round the clock, then it is a better option to rent the Modem from BSNL because the Modem will be replaced by BSNL on failure. If you purchase the Modem from BSNL or outside, the warranty will be only for one year.

Limited Internet usage: If you have a limited internet usage, then  it is better to purchase a Modem from BSNL (either one time or through installment scheme) because it is very much cost effective .

Purchase from open Market: The Modems like D link, Netgear and Lynk Sys   perform exceptionally well even in poor signal to ratio conditions also. That means if your house is at considerable distance from nearest BSNL exchange, naturally the line attenuation will be more and the cheap quality Modems fail to perform reliably.

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