[pcductape] Re: Hardware modems?

  • From: "Bob Noble" <bnoble@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 21:04:45 -0700

| 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


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