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Old 09-17-2002, 02:10 PM   #1
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Recomend a modem

Hi,I new to the world of linux,and would like someone to please recomend me on a modem. which is no more than 50,and if possible from a uk site.

Thanx in advance.

Old 09-17-2002, 02:19 PM   #2
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What kind of modem? 56k? ISDN? ADSL?
For 56k i reccomend 3Com US robotics 56k faxmodem. Works very well.
No matter what modem you buy, make sure it's a real modem, or hardware modem not "software modem" or commonly known as winmodem. Winmodems rely on software and CPU to do much of their work and this is no good, plus they are hard to setup in Linux. Most external modems are "real" or hardware modems, so you should be safe buying a external one. Also avoid USB modems since they can be tricky to setup.
Old 09-17-2002, 02:36 PM   #3
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Hi,thanx for the quick relpy.

Its for a dialup connection.

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I picked up a Best Data v.92 external dial-up modem for $79 US after rebate $59 US. I bought it at a place called OfficeMax, don't know if it's over the pond or not. But the brand/type I bought works great. Minor setting up of the Com port and speed and it was off and running. It's small too. It does tend to get a bit warm to the touch. Didn't come with cable, but that was only $6 US.

I have gotten download burst of 40k per second. It usually stays between 5.5 and 6.0 when downloading data. That all dpends on your connection of course.

Hope this helps some.

Old 09-18-2002, 06:20 PM   #5
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Hey Waterlover, it's good to see another UK face here!

You should keep an eye on Scan, or more particularly, their Today Only page. Their modem page is quite good. However, they do have a 10 delivery charge, and they then slap VAT on that, so really it's a 11.75 delivery charge - cheeky buggars!

As for modems specifically. If you're in the market for a 56K only, then I would definitely suggest that you spend the few extra quid and get a SERIAL modem. Most PCI modems are software modems and are unlikely to work with Linux. All CNR/AMR ones are software, so don't even go there. A good majority of USB modems are also software, but you do sometimes come across the odd gem amongst the dirt. With serial modems, though, you know it's going to be a hardware modem.

Good luck, and welcome aboard.
Old 09-28-2002, 04:29 AM   #6
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Hi,thanx for the replys everyone.

I bought a US Robotics 56k Faxmodem,cost about 69 with vat and delivery,and got it set up with no problems and works great.

Thanx Thymox for that link.

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