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Winmodem vs Hardware and indentifing

I am trying to upgrade my modem and want to know how much system resource does a winmodem use?  Are all PCI modems winmodems or is that just the slot type and means nothing else?  Many online stores do not make it clear what type of modem it is -WINMODEM OR HARDWARE.  Is there a sure way to know the difference?
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OttaCommented:
> how much system resource does a winmodem use?

One web-site I've seen claims that it uses 40Mhz of a 200Mhz processor.

> many online stores do not make it clear what type of modem it is WINMODEM OR HARDWARE. Is there a sure way to know the difference?

If the modem has jumpers for IRQ and for COM port, and it fits an ISA slot, it is *NOT* a "winmodem".

If the packaging states "optimized for Windows", it *IS* a "winmodem".

If the packaging states "works under DOS" or "works under OS/2" or "works under Linux",  it is *NOT* a "winmodem".

If the specifications state 'HSP' ("Host Signal Processing"), it *IS* a "winmodem";
if the specifications state 'DSP' ("Digital Signal Processing"), it is *NOT* a "winmodem".
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romocoCommented:
If you are going to upgrade, I suggest forgetting about the winmodems and hSP's. I had one in a recently purchased machine, and found that the connections were slower on my 400mhz 56k than they were on my old 200 mhz 33.6k machine. I purchased 2 Motorola Phanta Link V.90 56k PCI modems for $15.00 each on eBay.com. These units are out of production, but are still warranted by Motorola. That doesn't mean that there are not some problems to be overcome with any 56k connection. I had disconnect problems with Prodigy for a year or so, until I installed the V.90, then the service got a lot better. However, with a local ISP that I used, the opposite occurred. My good conection with the local ISP went to hell! Still haven't resolved that but I added a new national ISP, and it works great with the V.90.
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