There is a reason why this modem is so cheap: it is missing some hardware (they are called many names: soft modems, winmodems, software modem, HSP etc.). This modem relies on the systems' processor to do all the work, which means it can be a performance drain. On the latest computers this drain mightn't be noticed unless you are doing some serious multi-tasking though. This type of modem is offered with nearly all new systems and sometimes doesn't come bundled with drivers, which can be a hinderance if you have a problem and have to re-install them. It will be compatible with almost all systems with the right drivers, but I wouldn't use it on slower machines if you multi-task a lot (like I do). Alternatives that used to be too expensive have now become a lot cheaper, which means they can now be more of an option. ISDN 64k isn't much different (except if you have poor connection speeds because of bad line or suchlike), but does offer connection at 64kbps every time. ISDN 128k is twice as fast, but is not offered by many 24/7 ISPs, and if you are on a pay-as-you-go ISP (1p/min or similar) this can prove costly because they charge you for two connections at the same time (because 128k ISDN is 2 64k connections). 24/7 ISPs offer access from around £8-20 a month for the home user. An increasingly popular connection is broadband cable or ADSL. They offer 512k/s connection speeds and 256k/s upload speeds. Also, with ADSL the phone line can be used for phone calls at the same time as data connections, but with cable a separate line must be fitted. These services are offered from £25/month upwards and are also 24/7. My advice is, if you are a regular internet user and can afford it, get a broadband connection, but if you are only a casual user, stick with your 56k modem.
I made a new PC but my old modem wouldn't work so I had to buy a new one. A friend recommended this modem & I have no regrets so far. I bought it from a computer fair in ULU, London. I didn't need the CD to to load it as Windows ME had the drivers already. I get download rates of 5k/sec compared to 3k/sec on my old modem which pleased me a lot as now I can download things so much faster. It connects very fast & hangs up very fast. The bit rate has not jammed once since I had it. It was very easy to fit into the PCI slot on the PC. I had no problem with the size of the silver slot. This modem is upgradable to V92.
I bought this Modem after having to install three different ones before it ( thanks to pc world). By the time I bought this one, I had had enough and decided to buy the cheapest I could find, because i was so sick of wasting money with modems whose drivers wouldnt install properly. Off I went, and found the Modular Technologys 56 PCI Internal Modem, brand new for 24.99. I got it to my mothers ( for it was for her computer) and within fifteen minutes I was back online. The modem has been working now for months and is great, no problems as yet. Spec includes: * sends faxes. ** telephone answering machine facility with a personal voice greeting. *** message may also by retreived locally or remotely. comes with AOL and Compuserve starter packs to get you on the internet, if needed. easy usermanual, and the drivers just go onto your hard drive with no effort. This is the easiest to fit modem I have had yet, and I have fitted about a dozen or so to date.
I bought this modem at a computer fair, it looked like quite a good hardware modem for quite a low price, it was a 56K v.90. I got it home unwrapped the packaging and the first thing I noticed was that it was different to the one on the box. Not too bothered they do modify device after release. I tried to put it into my computer and another problem arose the metal piece that fixes it into the PCI slot was too short. So I remidied this with pliers and bent it out of the way. Good but it is lose so care needs to be taken when plugging in the cable. I then turned my computer on and it was detected fine. I then tried to install the drivers from the CD and none of the drivers were supported by the modem. Looked on the internet and found the driver and then tried to install them they weren't recognised but I used them any way. After all this the modem works fine with the non-recommended drivers. It is fast compaired to my older external 56K modem. I can generally log on at 44Kbps which is good but it will log on at 45Kbps too. I have also found that if you get a slow log on rate try plugging out all your telephones. With them all plugged in I get between 26Kbps to 38Kbps no higher. So thats a tip for you. I was very suprised that this actually occured. All in all a very good modem for its price, just a small amount of hassle installing it.