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What is the best USB land line modem to purchase.  My company needs to buy a bunch for internation employees traveling.  Is there one type or brand I should consider?
Again this is for dial-up not cell coverage.
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US Robotics are the best IMHO.  I have many that still work fine from the 1990's. :)
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Thanks but I'm looking for specifics.  What type and model.  What modem standards should I be looking for.
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If any of your employees are (or will be in the future) using 64-bit operating systems, this will be a significant challenge.  You need modems with 64-bit drivers.  That was a challenge when we were looking for a fax modem for a new Windows Server -- even though US-Robotics had 64-bit drivers, they were buggy and often crashed, so we ended up having to use a separate 32-bit machine for our fax server.  I would try to convince your "higher-ups" that dial-up is dying, the hardware isn't as well supported with new operating systems, and cellular is the way to go.  I haven't done the math, but a GSM international data plan from at&t might be cheaper in the long run than international phone calls for dial-up access, depending on how much they are used.
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64b is going to be an issue, and also, it depends on which service they are dialing into. standard or v.90 will dictate which you should use, really...but it's probably a nice "mix", as in some areas you may get v.90 service, others, significantly slower.
A bit more information, though...your employee's are traveling, and most modern laptops, even today, come with a built-in modem for land lines, which brings us to my real question...
Is this modem you want going to be on YOUR end to provide dial up RAS access to your network?
The question and how I'm reading it is a little ambiguous, I'm not sure if you need a modem for your travelers to dial in WITH, or TO.  
That being said, can you give us which end the modem needs to be on, and what kind of service they are dialing into for remote access? Just general local / internet dial-up service, or are you setting up a local RAS server to allow them to dial directly into your network and gain access that way?
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The modems are needed for generl local internet dial-up service.  The service they will use will depend on which country they are in.  FYI - we had a couple of employee trapped in Egypt.
Are there certain V. standars I should be looking for?

Thanks for the help
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Normally it's either v.90 or standard...there may be some old technology still in use in some areas (Flex, X2, etc.) but basically, any v.90 modem will try to negotiate using v.90, but if it can't, just fall back to standard analog, usually about 33.6.
This is a good model, small, cheap...
http://www.usr.com/products/modem/modem-product.asp?sku=USR5637&adv=homepage

But also, remember, those with a laptop bought in the last...oh, decade, would most likely already have an onboard v.90 modem.
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Since 64Bit drivers seem to be an issue has anyone had any success with 64bit drives for any brand dial-up modem?  The laptops we will be rolling out use Windows7 64bit.

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With regards to the discussion above on USB dial-up modems, has anyone seen anything about compatibility issues with international telephone systems (with regards to using USBM dial-up modems).

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