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    howdy.

    i have a Dick smith internal PCI 56K modem and have been told to get an external modem by the brilliant people here small question: why are external modems better than internal ones? also, if im going to get one, what is a good brand? and what interface, usb or serial? any other information is greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    Serial is better so I've heard but dearer than PCI as well.

    And more stable, and you'll most probably get better speeds as well. Cant say Ive seen USB dialup modems only USB adsl ones.

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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    Avoid USB modems like the plague. As far as I know theyre just a variant of Winmodems.
    Dynalink or US Robotics are good performers for external Serial

    Quote Originally Posted by MAC_H8ER
    why are external modems better than internal ones?
    MAC_HATER
    WinModems use Your CPU for the work. Rather than using your computers CPU to do the math, Serial modems use their own inbuilt components to do most of the work.
    Not to mention a little easier to fix/maintain/secure when the modems do not wont to work properly.
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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    You were advised to get an external serial modem, because they are easily recognised by Linux distributions. Avoid external USB modems.

    Hope this helps
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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    Serial
    Dynalink (have had good personal experience with this brand)
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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    I have had good results with both Dynalink and D-Link. (Similar names, different brands though).

    And I used to buy them direct from the NZ importer in quantities of 100 at a time, all for my company equipment use so I knew the reliability of the devices very well.

    And just to reiterate and confirm the the above its a Serial RS232 External Modem that you need.

    NOT a USB modem.

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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    cheers that helps heaps anyway today a freind said we should get woosh wireless since we are rural. if we dont get it i will get an serial modem as you guys advised.

    thanks a lot

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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    Quote Originally Posted by godfather
    I have had good results with both Dynalink and D-Link. (Similar names, different brands though).

    And I used to buy them direct from the NZ importer in quantities of 100 at a time, all for my company equipment use so I knew the reliability of the devices very well.

    And just to reiterate and confirm the the above its a Serial RS232 External Modem that you need.

    NOT a USB modem.
    Exactly. Will plug into a com port on the rear of your system box. Not a USB port. This will be a 9 pin or 20 something pin like a printer port.

    I hope you do not still have a serial mouse plugged into a com port at the moment.

    Sorry for this but just left a guy who had plugged a microphone into his disabled onboard sound rather than the SoundBlaster card which was installed and working.

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    Dynalink is fine and I used one for ages.

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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    I've used both internal and external 56k modems, and I would say that the difference isn't worth buying a new modem over, but it would be worth it to get an external if you don't already have a modem.
    I assume you can't get ADSL since you are looking at getting woosh?

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    Default Re: internal or external modem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greven
    I've used both internal and external 56k modems, and I would say that the difference isn't worth buying a new modem over, but it would be worth it to get an external if you don't already have a modem.
    I assume you can't get ADSL since you are looking at getting woosh?
    I think a lot depends on the condition of the phone lines.

    Dynalink makes an external "rural" modem which is said to give much better results in remote areas, it would most probably be very very much better than a PCI win modem.

    I found an external US Robotics serial modem gave consistently higher connection speeds than Win modems with Rockwell or Lucent chips, as did an internal ISA US Robotics modem until it blew up in a lightning strike.
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