Wireless Router Supports Analog Dialup Modem

by on December 28, 2007

Q: I have a Windows XP laptop with wireless capabilities. However, I do not have access to high speed internet at home; the downside of living in the middle of nowhere. I still use 56k dialup and have come to accept this but I would like to setup a wireless modem/hub/station that would allow my wireless laptop to connect to the dialup. I’m tired of being leashed to a phone line.

A: Too bad you did not ask 6 months ago or more. They used to make many wireless routers with the ability to do dialup but now they are very hard to find. I searched high and low on Amazon.com, eBay, and other sites to find only a handful of devices for sale that will do what you want.

Many of the companies have just stopped making the routers with analog modems in them because most people who wanted the ability already have it and the rest of the people are busy moving over to using a broadband service like DSL or cable.

Even a few months ago Apple still had refurbished versions of their aiport router had a modem in it but when I went to their site today to look they no longer listed the product. I was very surprised that the only one I found on eBay was not even in working order.

So my suggestion to you is to search high and low, you will find something eventually. I was able to find a few routers that did dialup but were not wireless. This would then require you to buy another wireless router/access point to connect to it though so it will cost you twice as much.

So the great news is that 6 months or a year ago these products were in every single store you walked in. Today they are very hard to find so you will probably have to end up getting a used one and to do that you are going to have to hope someone posts it on Amazon.com, eBay, or another site in order for you to get your hands on it.