External Modem better than Internal Modem?
hi guyz... one of my friends said that I should get an external modem instead of an internal modem because the external moden boosts the incoming and outgoing signal because it is connected to a power source whereas the internal modem runs off the pci power slot... what ever that means... so should i get an external or internal modem... can't get dsl/cable where I am... well maybe by satellite but heard that was expensive.
I have an external US Robotics modem on the desktop and an internal winmodem on the laptop. I haven't noticed any significant difference in speed.
Actually you can also buy something called "hard" internal modems. It lessens some CPU-dependence.
No difference in performance.
P.S. I was referring to external modems that connect to the serial port. USB and parallel port modems have less OS and hardware compatibility.
Modem? What's that? You mean one of those old dial up thingies? Do they still make them? :)
Addicted to broadband
I REALLY like external modems with LEDs because then I can monitor with certainty unusual (ie: spyware) activity. This has alerted me to certain spyware activity that other spyware checking software had missed. Some of the spyware will mess with your activity monitor so on the computer it appears there is no activity, but the external modem's led just don't lie.
External modems that I have used have certainly seemed more able to make a high quality connection more reliably than most internal modems. And I agree with the other posts that the diagnostic lights on an external modem are helpful in troubleshooting.
The power scenario is a non-issue and should be ignored - power from the PCI bus is power, and a modem will never need more than a trickle.
Dennis, you hit a spot there, if anything, I hope sound card makers would move these devices or chips out of the system and onto external casings. My PVR at home makes audible every little disk access or heavy processing that comes the unit's way.
>> Actually you can also buy something called "hard" internal modems. It lessens some CPU-dependence
Where I live, it seems external modems are much more reliable than internal ones. Infact our ISP recommends external modems. They are less prone to disconnect, and have higher response time. Infact we can't play counter strike with internal modems, because of the response time. Apart from this external modems are more well built and are of higher quality, while the internal modems market is way too competitive to be able to bear high quality internal modems. People who buy internal modems do so because they want it cheap. Not because of desk space or lack of a free serial port.
"But does any one the reason behind producing USB modems? They are "external" but non the less very much a soft modem"
I thought US actually made it much easier to write drivers because the USB host had a generic driver which meant part of the work was done.
"I was suprized to find a new laptop had one built-in"
We live in one of those "small places", and until recently, our choices were dialup (we did get 40-ish K), or ISDN for $100/month. Now, we're geeks with good paying jobs, so we opted for the ISDN, but surely we were virtually the only ones. Any form of DSL (including IDSL) was impossible with the 40,000 feet between us and the CO.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
I just like being able to look at the lights. Other than that, I don't find external modems to perform better *or* worse than internal modems in any way.
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