[pcductape] Re: dial up speeds

  • From: Scott McNay <Wizard@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: Victor Firestone <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 01:12:45 -0500

Hello Victor,

Friday, June 6, 2003, 12:32:02 AM, you wrote:

VF> One is called an "external" modem and is not inside your comp as the name
VF> says - it has all the parts integrated into it and does not use any
VF> resources of your computer at all, including power which it is hooked up to
VF> independently of your comp.
VF> The second is an internal modem - it sits in a slot inside your computer -
VF> and although it is a card it uses power and CPU resources from your comp.
VF> Though the amount of resources is not all that much - it does and can slow
VF> down your comp - especially if you are using almost all your resources in
VF> any case.
 
An internal hardware modem does not use any more CPU resources than an
external hardware modem does. They are hard to find nowadays, and can
often be recognized by the noticeably higher price. If you tried to
get one at your local WalMart or where-ever, the folks there probably
wouldn't have any idea what you were talking about, and would happily
sell you a standard internal modem ("see, it's a card, that means it's
hardware!").

Modems used by ISPs are typically hardware modems.

--Scott.

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