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Advice needed on a new modem

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Bogside, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Bogside

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    I'm looking to buy my first ever modem; and I've no idea what I'm looking for.

    I want to be able to connect to just normal width internet and ideally I want an internal rather than external modem.

    So my questions are:

    How can I tell the difference between "hardware" and "software" modems?

    What benefit do I get from more expensive makes?

    I've seen this one here:

    www.pcsuppliesuk.co.uk/cgi-bin/pric...ternal/External

    It only costs £18 but will it do the job?

    I apologise if this seems completely clueless but as I said this is my first ever modem purchase.
     
  2. ReTrO

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    I bought a nice cheapo Trust 56K V.92 modem from dabs.com about a month ago for £14. Not used it yet, but it seem to be good value. Can't see the point in spending more.
     
  3. Garrett

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    I had an external one and it was getting speeds of 48000, then the BT line got hit by lightning and took all the modems in the area I sent for a cheap internal one £8.81.here and got low speed of about 32,000. If you look on the comments setion for the 56K Internal PCI Modem (Ambient) you see someone else having problems with it as well.
     
  4. Bogside

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    So are you saying that I shouldn't go for this cheap one?
     
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    I had the same situation as Garrett- the better quality ones get higher download speed- normally 48k- but with a cheaper standard one I usually got 32 or 42k. And it dropped alot more.

    Driver support is another MAJOR factor- check that exact model is supported in your OS- I've found generic drivers to be a bit flaky.
     
  6. mw3cdj

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    Hi,
    Got myselfe a Hayes external modem and i'm now connecting at 48 kbps With my old internal type i was connecting at only 38kbps.
    Daran.
     
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    Generally speaking hardware modems give better connection speeds over software models but are more expensive. As with most things you get what you pay for. I'd spend the extra and get a hardware one.
    Have you thought about ADSL there are some terrific deals around at the moment with modems/ microfilters thrown in? Offering 10x the speed of dial up.
     

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