I think this story just exposed the myth that chipset in modem must match chipset in DSLAM. I have never found that to be the case and is not an infallable rule one which to base a purchase.
It isn't entirely a myth. It seems to have originated on these forums, as it is definitely the case that it is best on O2/Be to have a Broadcom-based router to match their Broadcom DSLAM line cards. That's because Broadcom incorporate an extension to the INP spec in both, and Be use that extension. This improves performance on O2/Be connections.
I don't think any other consumer ISPs or non-Broadcom routers use that extension.
I agree with you that in other setups matching is often not the best solution.
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