I bought the Microlink 56K Fun USB modem from Simply.co.uk for only about £15! Well, I wish I'd not wasted my time and now I have the hassle of returning it. I plugged it in to a modern spec PC running Windows 2000. As expected it was immediately detected. I'm fairly IT literate and went through the process with the install CD. But Windows couldn't get all it needed off the CD. I tried various different approaches but to no avail. So I went to Elsa.com and downloaded the correct drivers. It didn't make the slightest difference. I actually bought a £40 Tornado 565 external modem from Maplin which I'd planned to return once the Microlink had arrived. I've been really pleased with it though and so will keep it.
The Microlink 56k Fun Modem External is a great little modem. And “little” is understated, when you open the box you’ll think there is parts missing or something. Because the tiny, fluorescent coloured, little box you have in your hands is about the same size as a pack of cards! (Its actually 40x90x113mm) Capable of v.92 and v.90 (basically all these mean is that you will get a quicker connection “sometimes” if you have these. 90 and 92 are just the index standard numbers) and a load of others I’ve even heard of (must be good). So it’s got: v.90 v.92 v.34, v.32bis, V.32, v.23 v.22bis and v.21 (!) (By the way you may need to do a driver update to get the v.92 working) There is 3 lights on the front, one to say its on, another to show that the modem is sending / receiving data (doing something) and another to show if your modem is hung up or not. (The parking feature) My elder brother uses this modem on his work computer (which I built!). He has no knowledge about computers and is completely useless at them (younger bro revenge!) yet he’s had this modem now for over a year. He connects up every single day for a good few hours. And hasn’t had a single problem with it! Other good stuff ~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 years warranty (so lightning storms do your worst!) Fax stuff - Auto detects in bound signal if its fax/phone/data Can answer the phone for you! File transfer software No power cable as it is USB powered (!) WHICH IS GREAT! Main selling point! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ These modems also has the sweet feature that if you receive a call when on line, it will park the connection and then allow you to take the call and then simply un-park and continue from where you were on the Internet. It will do this automatically. Detect the incoming call, park, let you chat, and then resume! It’
;s tiny and works well. The USB connection means there’s no need for ANOTHER power cable or plug and its size means you can hide it anywhere! You can put it on your drive, next to the monitor, on top of your speakers. It really is that small! Compared to other Modems out there this is a little expensive. But then again it looks way better than most, it is very small and it works fine. Good little modem, easy to install as well! Before I close one final Modem point: all modems should be connected as directly as possible to the entry point of the phone connection to your premises, and have as short leads as possible. Keep them away from mains leads too. This is basic stuff for a good connection.
This Strawberry Jelly looking modem comes with the ability to software upgrade the Microlinks V.90 standard to the improved V.92 standard. If your looking for a modem just for surfing the net then this feature won't probably make any difference to you. However if you are a developer or if you send alot of emails there is a 40 percent performance gain to be made using the V.92 technology. Having said this although it is probably imeasurable the V.92 standard should offer some connection time advantages when you take into consideration the improved data compression. This modem remains one of the easiest to install. A well built and well featured modem and at only £50 well priced.