New buyer looking for answers
Posted on 1998-10-14
I have a couple of questions therefore I'm assiging a lot of points to this post.
First, is there any speed differences between an external modem and an internal modem. I am thinking about upgrading my modem to a 56k but I don't want to remove my current modem for several reasons. However, I don't have any open ISA slots and I'm having a difficult time finding a quality modem that fits into a PCI slot. I know they are out there but apparently no stores around my area want to carry them. During my search I cam across the US Robotics external modems which seem like a great idea but I am not sure sure if there would be any NOTICEABLE speed differences. Are there?
Second, how difficult is it to have two modems in a computer at the same time. Could there be any serious hardware or software problems? I have a Micron 133mhz with 80mb of RAM, an 8.5 GB hard drive and I'm using Windows 98.
Third, if I find a cheaper brand modem that fits into a PCI slot, is there a real difference between it and a more expensive model such as a US Robotics or a Supra KFLEX?
And Finally, my ISP uses the new V.90 standard which they just upgraded from the old X2 technology. Should I buy a modem that supports both the X2 and V.90 or will a modem that supports KFLEX and V.90 work the same? Since the new standard is V.90, I think it won't make a difference as long as my ISP supports it but I've been told otherwise by friends. Please set the record straight.
Thanks for your help!