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01-09-1998, 12:42 PM
In your March Absolute Beginners column you said there is no difference between internal and external modems. I have found that the internal modems don't work as well as the external type in rural areas. Most, if not all, modems were only designed to work in a city situation with approximately 2 to 4km of cable to the telephone exchange and with no noise on the line caused by electric fences, power company ripple control etc. So in most rural areas you might not get the high speeds of 28Kbps due to distances and external noise on the phone line.
The other common problem is that people plug the phone line cord into the wrong port on the modem (using the phone port instead of the line port).

The electric fence noise is caused by a fault in the fence, eg, a bad joint or faulty earth and there is no real way of stopping it affecting phone lines. A noise choke can be put on the line to help get rid of the noise but this can, and usually does, limit the modem speed to about 14.4Kbps only, and unbalances the cable, allowing noise to affect other lines more.

Metla
18-02-2007, 08:40 PM
ah...This was.

Erayd
18-02-2007, 08:46 PM
But aren't you curious? What's there now (http://pressf1.co.nz/showthread.php?t=87)?

Strommer
18-02-2007, 10:43 PM
01-09-1998, 11:42 AM :confused:

Did PF1 even exist back then?

Laura
18-02-2007, 11:54 PM
01-09-1998, 11:42 AM :confused:

Did PF1 even exist back then?


Well obviously it did.

Unless you think Metla was so bored today that he went to the trouble of creating a perfect fake website..?

Murray P
19-02-2007, 12:47 AM
01-09-1998, 11:42 AM :confused:

Did PF1 even exist back then?

Yep, I'm sure my first post on PF1 was around about mid or late 1997. About a modem/connection to the net IIRC.

Have learned bugger-all in all that time :blush:


The answer of course is, get a Dynalink Rural (external hardware) modem.

Strommer
19-02-2007, 07:53 AM
Well obviously it did.

Unless you think Metla was so bored today that he went to the trouble of creating a perfect fake website..?

Yes, that was my thought exactly. :lol:
Metla has great creative power in order to cause a stir and in my book he is capable of anything. :thumbs: