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Re: Modem prices (was Re: sigh...big problems if anyone has time to help me out...)

On Tue, Apr 17, 2001 at 11:38:30AM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
| on Mon, Apr 16, 2001 at 11:31:09PM -0400, D-Man (dsh8290@rit.edu) wrote:
| > On Mon, Apr 16, 2001 at 06:11:14PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
| > | For starters, you have to find out whether or not you've got a WinModem.
| > | If so, your best bet is to buy an external modem for about $100.  Most
| > | of the stuff that's GNU/Linux-compatible is now labled as such.
| > 
| > $100 sounds rather high to me.  I haven't actually bought a modem, all
| > the ones I have were given to me.  If you want I can send you a
| > 14.4Kb/s external US Robotics modem.  The only cost will be shipping.
| > Otherwise you can probably find a used parts shop around and get one
| > there.
| I picked up my last internal for about $80 or so.  Externals are more
| expensive.  Winmodems tend to run half the cost or less -- I've seen
| them as low as $25 or so.  Don't be fooled.

Wow.  I really didn't think they were that much.  Ethernet is a
superior technology, and NICs run $15-$30 for decent ones.  As I said
I got all my modems as hand-me-downs so I didn't pay for any of them.
The only one I got new was the 56K internal win^H^H^Hlosemodem that
came with the Compaq I used to own.

One of the more recent ones I got was a 28.8K ISA internal modem.  It
came from the scraps at the company my dad works at.  I plugged it in
and voila it worked.  Much better than that winmodem ;-).  Somewhat of
a surprise since it came with no ESD protected, etc. and no
documentation at all.


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