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imac modems

by francesdrake20 / November 29, 2010 1:14 PM PST

I'm planning to buy a late-2009 or mid-2010 iMac. As I understand it, they have no built-in modem. Do I need to buy a DSL modem for a DSL connection and a wireless modem for a wireless connection?
Also, I would welcome any recommendations or caveats re specific models.
Thank you,

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No need to buy any modem
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 29, 2010 11:15 PM PST
In reply to: imac modems

as you do not require a built-in modem to connect to a DSL or Cable line.
Usually the built-in modems are just for a dial up telephone connection.

When you order your DSL service from your local supplier, they will supply you with a DSL modem. If you tell them beforehand that you want a Wireless modem, they should be able to supply you with one of those instead of the regular wired modem.

Just a thought. Do you already have internet service at your place?


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thanks, mrmacfixit!
by francesdrake20 / November 30, 2010 2:54 AM PST

One more question: does the DSL supplier normally charge extra for the modem or would this be covered under the monthly subscriber fee?
Yes, I currently have a dial up account.
Thanks again,

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The modem is usually covered by the monthly fee
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 30, 2010 4:35 AM PST
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most service providers do not allow you to purchase a modem of your own.

If you cannot get a wireless modem from them, you can purchase a wireless router that connects to the modem and broadcasts your internet signal.


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some make you pay for modem and then give you credit
by macnerd10 / December 2, 2010 3:29 AM PST
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for the full amount (ATT, TimeWarner).

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