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    Looking for reviews on 56K modems?

    I'm looking for reviews on 56K (dialup) V.92 FAX modems (internal PCI, and external USB). These modems range in price by more than an order of magnitude, yet all perform basically the same function. I know these aren't as 'sexy' as the usual computer stuff, but I'm looking for some tech website that reviews them.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Cant help too much with a link but i do have some advise for you.

    Always try and get a fully hardware one. Most software (usually known as win modems/wintel etc) basically just consist of a chip and a socket for the phone line which provide an interface to the PC. All the actual processing (modulating and demodulating) is done by software. With a fully hardware modem, all (well most) of the processing is done in the hardware. Hardware modems are generally quite a bit faster then soft modems. Also, if your PC is flat out this can have an effect on how fast the modem works.

    Most USB external modems and most internal cheapo modems are software. Sounds strange, but some older serial modems are better than modern USB ones.

    Some of the best ever modems that are not made anymore, such as the diamond and US Robotics ones, can be found on eBay for about a £5er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    Always try and get a fully hardware one. Most software (usually known as win modems/wintel etc) ...
    Thanks dangerous_dom!

    How can I tell whether a modem is a software modem or "win modem" or "wintel modem"? Are they called that in their specs or advertisements?

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    It's actually not easy to tell to the 'controler' is hardware or software. If the text on the modem box mentions, wintell, win modem, HSP, HCF, HSF or controllerless it is definitely a software modem. As a general rule, all USB modems tend to be controlerless (soft) modems. Dont be put off by using an old school serial one. Serial ports are more than fasted enough for 56k.

    Thats not to say a lot of software modems are fine for general use, just try and get a hardware based one. But definately aviod OEM ones.

    Actually, strictly speaking there are three types of modem... http://www.netdotcom.com/support/Con...bad_modems.htm

    Also see here - http://www.z123.org/techsupport/modemsh.htm

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    If you want a full 56k commercial/business class external fax modem and have a serial port.... and if you are prepared to pay the postage, I will send you one for free.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r
    If you want a full 56k commercial/business class external fax modem and have a serial port.... and if you are prepared to pay the postage, I will send you one for free.......
    Now, theres a nice chap

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    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r
    If you want a full 56k commercial/business class external fax modem and have a serial port.... and if you are prepared to pay the postage, I will send you one for free.......
    Wowsers! Thanks EtheAv8r, that's more than generous! I will contact you by Private Message about the details.

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