[Lvlug] Internal vs. External modems
Sat, 25 Nov 2000 09:25:06 EST
In a message dated Sat, 25 Nov 2000 12:34:21 AM Eastern Standard Time, heart
legs <email@example.com> writes:
<< I have always been an advocate of using external
modems. I have recently suspected part of my
reasoning may be wrong. I assumed that all external
modems are not winmodems. Perhaps this assumption may
be wrong, and I will explain why, and hope someone can
correct where I am wrong.
Therefore, this leads
me to believe that there are external winmodems
floating around out there. Am I wrong?
Yes, you are.
Winmodems are called that because they are not entirely a modem. They have
some significant parts and pieces and rely upon their PCI bus, other
equipment already in the computer and a windows instruction set to work. You
could not have an external winmodem. There simply isn't enough bandwidth
between the modem and serial port to support it. External modems have to have
all their own hardware - they only send one kind of signal over the serial
port, the demodulated signal fromthe other modem.