Posted on 2005-05-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I want to buy a new modem which is supported  under Linux .
what are the characteristics of a good one?

Question by:entrance80
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    An external COM port modem that is Hayes compatible should do it.
    An internal hardware modem may be second best.

    As opposed to an internal winmodem....
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    by:Lee W, MVP
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    Most Conxant Chipset based modems, are support by linux, these modem can be bought in every store that sells modems.

    then, if you don't have linux drivers, on the drivers disk, go to the following link:

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    In general ,what are the characteristics of a good modem?
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    I'd say there are two schools:
    One claiming the benefits of a proper, self contained piece of hardware that is a proper modem that attaches to a port that the O/S can handle without any tricks and/or heavy software overhead. A hardware modem complying with current standards.

    The other idea is to have a fairly cheap piece of hardware that can emulate a modem if it is run by dedicated software.

    I think you have a good modem if you can do what you want to do with it, without contracting a headache or a sluggish computer. Also, a good modem lasts for some time.

    If you want to know my opinion, I think that the sofware (fake) winmodems are quite too often represented in the modem topics area as sources of trouble.

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    If your laptop/deskop already has a modem that's just not recognised by Linux then try the smartlink soft-modem utility and driver/module for Linux.

    If you have apt-get it's as simple as 'apt-get install smartlink-softmodem' - which I'm sure works for yum/synaptic as well.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I disagree.

    I believe the posts with links regarding this topic are appropriate.
    rid's comment (#14004879) as well is accurate.

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