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Sick of this WinModem. Any good internal ones to mention? Plus a modem question!

Old 12-27-00, 01:53 PM
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Header says it all really.

I want to replace my current modem with a decent relatively inexpensive internal PCI one.

I have always been confused on this one point. If I have a good sound card (SB Live) do I have to have a modem with voice capabilities to use my video phone etc.?


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Old 12-27-00, 02:04 PM
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I've always liked US Robotics modems. Not sure about the voice thing though. Although I have a USR with voice capabilities (I thought they all came with it) I've never used it.
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The Winmodems really sucked. They were one of those that relied on your CPU to do all the signal processing and the drivers often caused problems with other devices. All the other USR (now 3Com) modems were pretty decent. I really liked their Courier units.

Anyway, when picking your modem, just look for one that isn't host processor based. As for videophones, the ones I've played with used the sound card. It's best if your soundcard has full-duplex enabled.
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If you're having problems with a cheap modem, and want to eliminate the problems, spend the extra money ($70-$100) on a regular US Robotics/3Com modem. Yes, they make the 'winmodem' but that's not indicative of the quality and reliability of their other products.

If you want to try another cheap modem, try a Supra (now sold under Diamond Multimedia). I've seen them on sale at Best Buy for under $30.

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