[Lvlug] Internal vs. External modems
Sat, 25 Nov 2000 12:13:13 -0500
I might have one piece of the puzzle, but not the entire solution.
When 56 kbps modems came out, they were not standardized and there were
two competing "protocols". At that time, ISPs often supported one or
the other. FastNet eventually supported both, but you had to dial into
different modem banks depending on which "protocol" your modem used.
(Protocol is not the right word. I think the standard that was finally
agreed on is called V.90.)
Aside: My dad has a 56 K modem. As the telephone wires run, he lives
within 1000 feet of me (but he is further from the central office).
When I bring his machine to my house, I get connection speeds that vary
with each connection, and often less than he gets at his house.
heart legs wrote:
> Okay, I thought you could not have an external
> Now the modem in question is a Zoom Fax external 56k
> modem. I bought a Zoomfax external about two years
> ago and it works great. I consistently get a
> connection of 44-50 kbs. My father uses an internal
> Zoomfax and received the same connection range. We
> both use Fastnet. I have noticed that people using
> Enternet and a modem with a Lucent chipset will have
> difficulty getting a connection above 33.6 kbs. Even
> with some tweaking, the connection speed will not
> report above 33.6 kbs. I have been told that this is
> probably a compatibility issue between Enternet's
> hardware and the modem. I will have to double check
> the chipset on my external modem, but I do not think
> it is a Lucent chipset. When connecting to Enternet,
> I have been able to get 44+kbs connections without any
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