Friday 09 June 2000 01:00:00 by
Currently on the ADSL trials, BT have issued two types of ADSL kit to the end user (imaginatively called Type 1 and Type 2). These have consisted of a Flowpoint 2025 router as seen here
; with either an Alcatel ADSL 1000 Modem with a seperate Alcatel splitter, or a combined
Fujitsu Modem + Splitter.
The equipment being released for the final service is to consist of a combined ADSL modem / router and 4 port hub (called Type 5!)for the ethernet variant or a USB ADSL modem; both plugging
straight into a BT provided face plate.
Alcatel went into partnership with Efficient Networks over the developing and marketing of USB ADSL modems as stated here
. Efficient Networks are the parent company to Flowpoint. At a guess the new configuration may use the following Efficient Networks SpeedStream 5711
ATM -> Ethernet router. This however does not include a combined
ADSL modem. Perhaps BT will use the SpeedStream 5861
This connects via DMT direct to the router/modem and offers 4 ethernet interfaces to the user. This however bypasses ATM which is what BT's network is designed on top of. Perhaps a proprietary
version of the product has been produced similar to this for BT. Any comments to the message boards