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In this special issue, we present our general modem discussion (at least enough so you can judge among modems that have impressive sounding, but misleading, specs) and review two popular v.everything modems, the Practical Peripherals PM14400FXSA and the Supra's SupraFAXModem v.32bis. They're both inexpensive, capable, and reliable (although that's not to say that other modems may not be equally as good).
In the last year we've seen the rise of several varieties of fast modems, which I jokingly call "v.everything" modems because they seemingly support every standard protocol in the telecommunications world, including such arcana as v.22bis, v.42bis, v.32, and v.32bis, none of which I'm going to explain hereShow full article
Let's face it, you buy these modems for their speed. You want screamingly fast data transfers that leaves wisps of smoke coming out of your serial ports and burnt rubber on your phone linesShow full article
That said, I tried these modems with a bunch of others that I normally work with. On the whole, both modems worked well, although I experienced more quirks than I would have liked, and I'm now fluent in the Hayes command setShow full article
Software on the other end can play a role too. Connecting to CompuServe, which supports v.32, works fine, but you only enjoy a speed increase in uploading and downloading filesShow full article
As time passes, modem companies become more aware of ways to ease telecommunication. Flashing lights have long been the modem's only interface to the outside world, but both the Supra and the PPI have gone beyond that, especially the PPIShow full article
Modems are perhaps the most-trouble free pieces of common computer peripheral. I say that based on their incredibly long warranties, five years for the Supra and a lifetime warranty for the PPIShow full article
Well, not really. I include fax capabilities in my "v.everything" tagline, and both of these modems have it, and both come with appropriate fax softwareShow full article
T/Maker sent me a copy of ClickArt for Faxes a while back, before I had a working fax modem (and they included candy with the review copy, an excellent policy that I recommend to the rest of the industry)Show full article
If you want a new modem and you have an excuse to buy a fast one, I recommend either of these units. If you only connect at 2,400 bps, you can probably go for a cheaper 2,400 bps data/9,600 bps fax modemShow full article
PM14400FXSA Practical Peripherals, Inc. 375 Conejo Ridge Avenue Thousand Oaks CA 91361 805/497-4774 805/374-7200 (fax) Paul Hansen -- firstname.lastname@example.org Marty Azarani -- email@example.com Alan Engle of Smith Micro -- firstname.lastname@example.org SupraFAXModem v.32bis Supra Corporation 7101 Supra Drive SW Albany, OR 97321 503/967-2400 503/967-2401 (fax) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Collins of STF Technologies -- email@example.com Show full article