A modem is essential to send requests from your pc along your telephone line to your ISP or internet provider, and to receive them back again. A request could be your click on a link to a webpage you want to view.

There are several types of modem available. Most broadband providers will include a basic ADSL or cable modem with your broadband package. Some also offer wireless modems.

You can often provide your own modem but you should check your ISP’s website to ensure it is compatible with their broadband package.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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