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Tips to select a suitable Modem for BSNL broadband

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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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192 comments… add one
  • Robin john

    Hi Sir,

    I have broadband connection at my home, my rental wired modem which given from BSNL got damaged and they suggest me to purchase new one from open market. Now i decided to buy a basic wifi modem. Can you suggest me which will be the better one for my home use?

  • Dhanush K.S

    Dear Sir,

    Few months back I had asked you procedure to configure my Netgear Wireless Router JNR 1010 and you had asked me to follow the instructions on this link

    Here you say you have to change the ADSL routers connection type to BRIDGE MODE.
    I request you to provide me step by step procedures on how to change my ADSL routers connection type to BRIDGE MODE?

  • Dhanush K.S

    Is the method shown in this video the right way of doing it?

  • Dhanush K.S

    Is the method shown in this video the right way of doing it?

  • Anil

    Hello Dhanush.

    I’m Anil from Ernakulam. I plan to take a BSNL broadband (wired LL) and the Plan is ULD950 (BB Home Combo ULD 950) http://www.bsnl.co.in/opencms/bsnl/BSNL/services/broadband/BB_home_only_unlim.html

    Please suggest a suitable and reliable modem for this. I am a heavy internet user and will have reasonable downloads. At my native I was using Nokia Siemens Type II modem, but it’s performance was not healthy as frequent disconnection occurs.

    Please revert back with your valuable suggestion

    Thank You

    Have a nice day

    Mob : 08122210629

  • Shreyas

    I want to have wifi at my home.wil Dlink wireless router serve good for me in Bsnl broadband

  • Gnana

    Sir, I have BSNL Type -I Modem with one Ethernet Port and One USB Port. Which wireless modem will be suitable for me to set up wireless connection at home.
    I need to connect 4 devices with wireless.
    Please reply soon
    Thanks in advance

  • Saju


    I was using a BSNL WA3002G4 Modem for last few years. Now it has got a problem and the device is not working at all. When I contacted the BSNL office, they updated me that, BSNL is no more providing modem and I will have to buy a new one from the market.

    Could you please suggest the best alternative for WA3002G4. I am not a tech savy, so the product name with model number would be really appreciated.

    Thanks and Regards,

  • Shanu

    How to connect wifi with 2 or more mobile at a time.

  • Srinivasan

    Hi Sujith,
    Thanks for the info. It helped me nail a D-Link Wireless Modem for my BSNL connection on amazon 🙂

  • nitin

    is it cumpalsary to buy bsnl modem or we can use our persnol modem

  • Surendra Singh Murdia

    Dear Sir,
    I am a retired Army officer and have limited use of Internet. I intend to get a Laptop. For my existing Desktop I am using your ADSL I (outright Purchased in 2004 from you). I now wish to get WiFi connection. Can you upgrade your existing ADSL into Wi Fi. Your Type II & Type IV ADSL have one WiFi Port but Type II has four Ethernet Port. Kindly let me know which Modem I should get. Kindly send me your suggestion by email. Thanks, SSM

  • Sherwin

    I have a bsnl modem type 1. Since it is too slow I have a plan to change the modem. My friend suggested me to use a TP LINK wireless modem. But when I enquired the shopkeeper he said that I need to enquire bsnl to know whether this modem will suit the broadband connection. How to chech whether this broadband connection is suitable. Please help me

  • BSNL advertise that type 2 (as per their notion type 4) modems are
    offered to the public @Rs.1,500/- 0nly and the offer is valid till 31.03.16.
    But,when one (bsnl customer,having Broad band facility provided by
    them) approaches the customer service centre with the intention of
    buying a new modem,the authorities bluntly refuse to offer for Rs.1,500/-
    as per the advertisement and demand Rs.2,200/-.what this is? CORRUPTION HAS DEEPLY ROOTED IN BSNL.

  • Kulbir s Rekhi

    I am retired Exservice man from Air Force and having limited uses of Internet.i am having broad band ADSL 2+modem/router-02LAS connected to my computer by bsnl.It is working satisfactorily for the last six to seven years. I would like to have WIFI for my I phone’ as the Airtel not work on my I phone fail to work at my residence. It works all other places but nil at my residence.I have limited internet uses ,max 1 GB for 30days.Kindly suggest if WI-FI facility can be connected to my above said modem to receive the signal on my I phone. Monthly rent or one time payment detail please. Please reply by return mail, and also whome to contact for bsnl facility.

  • Kulbir s Rekhi

    Reply to my above said query still awaited.

  • karthik vasanthan

    As mentioned about poor signal in Bsnl. which is the correct one to buy bsnl wifi modem or from open market like D link, Netgear.

  • Padmanabhan

    I want to replace the DNA A201BEi modem for my bsnl landline broadband, with limited usage. Can I get a used modem pls suggest one
    Can I get d’link dsl 502t? Thanks

  • Padmanabhan

    How to stop rental being charged by bsnl as the modem given by them is not working and i got another modem,awaiting reply thanks

  • Narendra Pratap

    Thanks for all good deeds you made for us.

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