| LOL LOL LOL, | | And that is all that I have been saying from the beginning - now why oh why | does no one ever listen to me???. Well, Victor, It's because it's in how you say it. :O) I was just trying to put it in words that more could understand. :O) Bob Noble www.sonic.net/bnoble ----- Original Message ----- From: "Victor Firestone" <vlfll@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, June 06, 2003 3:01 PM Subject: [pcductape] Re: Hardware modems? | LOL LOL LOL, | | And that is all that I have been saying from the beginning - now why oh why | does no one ever listen to me???. | | And yes those modems were internal !!! And of course nowadays the point is | more or less moot unless you are running an old computer or want to easily | boot into Linux/Unix and don't want to have to configure your modem. | | I don't know about modem accelerators - never touched them always fiddled | around in the registry and with the modem software to tweak them a bit. | | I do know, OTOH, that download accelerators can do a good job, especially if | you are on broadband but the server you want to download from is a tad slow, | they speed things up by downloading the file you want in parts concurrently. | | | The telephone lines mostly cause problems in the last 100-200 yards or so to | the house - that is where the most interference happens. | | | ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ | | TTFN | | Vic | | -----Original Message----- | From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] | On Behalf Of Bob Noble | Sent: Friday, 06 June, 2003 18:04 | To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx | | OK, | Here's my understanding about the subject. | | All modems are hardware modems of course. | However, US robotics came out with a modem called Winmodem, which I had. | And it worked very well, I might add, but it speed was only 33k, as 56k | modems weren't out yet. | | A part of it's hardware function was replaced with action from the computers | CPU, which should be ok, since that is what a CPU does. | | However, this does take some processor time and if one had a slow computer, | like less than say, 150 mhzs, things might be too slow sometimes and one | might have some problems. | | The 56k modems came out and needed even more processor time, which some | computers just couldn't do. | | So, along came faster computers, and this problem just isn't a problem | anymore. | | And to top it all off, speed is not what one wants to look at. | High speed, doesn't necessarily mean faster downloads. | | It's the download speed that is important. | That's how many k are you actually downloading. | If you can get five or six k a sec. you are doing real good with a 56k | modem. | | If a modem tries to go too fast, packets will have to be redownloaded to get | through, and if this happens too much, things will get jammed, as all the | requests for redownloaded packets will fill the circuit and there is no time | to get new ones. So, sometimes a modem has to be slowed down to get it to | actually download faster. | | Most of the time the real limiting factor is the phones lines in your house | and the ones that go to the phone company. | | However, occasionally, a modem will get screwed up, and not work to it's | max. | | I don't believe in all the so called modem accelerators. | Sometimes these can change a setting in the modem to mess it up and if you | don't know how to reset the modem, you will end up getting a new one or just | going slower. Also, sometimes these will set the modem speed higher, but the | real download speed of data, may be a lot less. | | | | Bob Noble | www.sonic.net/bnoble To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.