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Old 10-05-01, 08:22 AM
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How good are external modems?

I'm thinking about buying an external 56K modem so I can free up a PCI slot on my mobo. Are they reliable? Will I lose my connection more often? I haven't heard anything negative about them, but just want to know is there anything I should be weary of. If it matters, I use win98. Thanks.
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the only negative is they cost more.

Everything else is positive, you get to watch the pretty lights blink, you have control over the modem power. Just little things that are nice.

I have an external USR 56K sitting around for when my @home cable service is on the fritz, best modem I have ever owned.
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I'll take an external over an internal any day.
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I had used external modems for 13 years until 1999. I didn't have too many problems with them, but liked the fact they were built in sturdy cases and they had those lights to let you know what the modem was doing and what their status was, on or offline. Also, if the modem conked out, all you had to do was turn it off and back on. You didn't need to reboot the whole system, which is something I have to deal with from time to time with an internal one. Occasionally, the computer won't recognize that modem is disconnected and thinks it's still on-line, and won't let me do anything (i.e., doing AT commands does nothing because the computer think it is on-line.)

I guess there was slight increase in overall performance (i.e. slightly faster) as well.

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