On Thu, 1 Jan 2004 20:37:17 -0600 "Jacob S." <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: <snip - looking for a good 56k modem> > Any suggestions? (Yes, I've read the supported devices lists on > various websites and browsed through various websites selling > hardware, but I'm curious to hear what others are using.) I took a look at a local computer store today and found an external serial modem for $50 that looks like it should do the trick. In the process though, I came across an Actiontec "Dual-PC" modem (http://www.actiontec.com). Not having heard of it and not knowing whether it would work in Linux or not (it didn't say on the box), I didn't go with it. Doing some research after I got home though, it looks like a neat toy. Apparently, it has a router built into the device, in addition to a controller-based modem. Best of all though, it runs a version of embedded Linux. So it will also function as a DHCP server and NAT firewall - out of the box, as well as connecting to your ISP automatically whenever one of the computers tries to access the internet. All interfacing with the modem appears to be done through either of it's 2 10/100Mbps ethernet connections(Yea, way overkill for a 56k modem). Also, according to this - http://www.seattlewireless.net/index.cgi/RoofTopAdHoc - webpage, Actiontec released the full source code for the modem/router on their website http://opensource.actiontec.com Basically, it looks like they imitated the design of some of the newer DSL/Cable modem/router designs, except it's a 56k analog modem. Surprisingly though, the device was still only $69. Having had good success with Actiontec previously, I guess I know what I'll be looking for if this serial modem dies prematurely. :-) Just thought I'd post about it for anyone else interested, as well as any googlers in the future. Jacob ----- GnuPG Key: 1024D/16377135 Q: How many Microsoft Programmers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: It cannot be done. You will need to upgrade your house. Q: How many Linux users does it take to change a lightbulb? A: Two. One to write the HOWTO-LIGHTBULB-CRONJOB, and another to read it.
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