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MODEMS - Internal?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Arif, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. Arif

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    Hi all,

    I have done a past-post search - to no avail though.

    Background/context - I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro L10 laptop - which comes with a V.90 internal modem - but V.92-ready. :confused:

    Current set-up : Tesco 512K Broadband (ADSL). So a silver box (modem) plugs into the phone socket (via microfilter of course), and then this box plugs into my laptop via USB. It has two LEDs on it - one which shows it's on - and the other which confirms ADSL connection when it's lit continuously.

    So - does the fact that my laptop has a modem inside it mean that I can somehow eliminate the silver box modem thing that Tesco sent, from the equation? If I hooked up to Broadband only this year - will it be an up-to-date unit (in terms of supported connection/download speed) - I conclude that the V.90/V.92 thing has something to do with this?

    I know also that I'm after a decent 'hardware' modem.

    Separately of whether or not I can just use my laptop's internal modem - is my current set-up likely to be a 'good' one, in terms of connection/download speeds? How can I improve on it? Money is not a factor here. How does one maximise on modem performance? I've heard also about having or needing the right 'drivers'... :confused:.

    Thanks everyone, in advance for your help and advice,


    Arif
     
  2. Bl4ckGryph0n

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    Forget about the internal modem, except that both devices are MOdulator DEModulators (Modems!) they have got nothing else in common. The silver box as you describe is a broadband modem, most of those are good for speeds well over 10Mb/s so that is definitely not the weak link...The only way you can improve on your current setup is get a faster broadband connection; i.e. a different contract that allows you speeds faster than 512Kb/s, 2Mb/s seems to be the standard these days....

    I do not know what you mean by "I know that I'm ater a decent 'hardware' modem"...From your description you've already got one!?
     
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    Hi Arif,

    the modem in your laptop is no use for an ADSL connection, it's an analog modem for using on normal telephone lines.. the V90/V92 are standards pertaining only to abnalog modems, so neeedn't be woried about seeing as you're on ADSL.

    If you wanted to get rid of the 'silver box' ( probably a speedtouch modem?) your best bet is to get yourself an 'all in one' WiFi/ADSL/Router such as the Netgear DG834G, or the Linksys model whose name I forget... and then connect wirelessly to the router using your laptops WiFi capability..

    The speed of your ADSL connection is the bottleneck as mentioned, not the hardware you are using..
     
  4. Arif

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    Hey thanks guys - as ever.

    No indeed - I did realise that what I have must comprise hardware - was just modifying my request re: upgrade options - only interested in hardware-based upgrades.

    It is indeed a Speedtouch unit.

    So - I understand the situation now - :)

    I'm actually pretty happy with the speed of the conncection - just didn't want it to be hindered by less-than-optimal hardware, if at all.

    Thanks again!
     

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