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USR Sportster 33.6 INT update

Posted on 2000-04-03
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I just found an old Sportster 33.6 INT which can be update by software to 56K.

This software update available at 3COM site for 60$.

This price is higher then buying a new USR modem...

Where can I find that update for more reasonable price or better then that - for free ?

thanks in advance.
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by:Otta
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> Where can I find that update for more reasonable price or better then that - for free ?

Answer: nowhere (at least, nowhere _LEGAL_).

While the price is less than some of the newer 3COM PCI-based Winmodem models, you'll be upgrading a DSP (digital signal processing) modem, which you will be able to use under Windows NT, Linux, DOS, and OS/2, in addition to the Windows 95/98 system.

If the modem has jumpers (for COM and IRQ settings), then it's worth upgrading, if your ISP supports V.90 protocol, and your residential telephone-line also supports V.90.
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by:oldgreyguy
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to go along with Otta, if you lived next door, I would give you a new winmodem for that one
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by:EyalL
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Thanks Otta, but in here - the price for new USR modem is 54$.

My USR modem is a "real" one with jumpers and everything. It's not a winmodem. That's why I'm interested in upgrading it.

If someone have a link where I can find this upgrade _ILLEGAL_ it will be grate for me... :)
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Otta earned 100 total points
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> If someone have a link where I can find this upgrade _ILLEGAL_ it will be grate [sic] for me... :)

http://207.95.37.44/piracy/ireport.htm

Experts-Exchange is a "professional" forum.  As such, using "bootleg" software is inappropriate.

> the price for new USR modem is 54$.

So, it follows that the price of a new automobile, Ferrari or Yugo, is $3000 ??

The point is that not all USR modems (nor automobiles, nor apples, nor oranges) are alike.

Yes, you can buy a 3COM PCI-slot Plug-and-Play "winmodem" for much less than the older ISA-slot with-settable-jumpers DSP modem.

You get what you pay for.

P.S. Not all 3COM upgrade "flashes" are alike, either.  If you try to "flash" your modem with the wrong update, you'll kill it, and then you'll have to buy a brand-new modem.
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by:Otta
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> the price for new USR modem is 54$.

Too much money!  :-)  
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Modems (ISA, PCI, USB) Internal Modems

     $25 Motorola 56k v90 PCI modem
     $35 Acer Rockwell 56k v90 PCI modem
     $65 Acer Rockwell 56k v90 ISA modem
     $45 Creative Blaster 56k PCI hardware full modem
     $49 USR 3COM 56k v90 PCI /fax/data modem
     $99 USR 3COM 56k v90 PCI voice/fax/data full modem

         
External Modems

     $195 USR 3\COM 56k v90 external data/fax modem
     $249 USR 3COM 56k v90 external voice/data/fax modem
     $79 Acer 56k v90 FM56RUS external voice/data/fax modem
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Multiply by 0.69 to convert to US dollars.
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