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Re: dial up support

On Wed, 2 Jul 2008 08:30:45 +1000
Daniel Dalton <d.dalton@iinet.net.au> wrote:

> Hi,
> I just realised I have dial up all around Australia, so want to take
> advantage of this.
> So, my laptop has a win modem in side it. So can anyone tell me a brand
> and model to look for on ebay, so I can get a cheap 56 k modem that will
> work with linux?

There were some list messages about this recently.  I recommend
checking Ebay, which seems to have plenty of inexpensive hardware
modems available.  I bought a 16 bit PC card Xircom which has been
working perfectly, with no drivers other than the basic in kernel
modules necessary.  See this list [in particular, the section "Modem
and serial cards"]: http://pcmcia-cs.sourceforge.net/ftp/SUPPORTED.CARDS

> After that I think I know how to configure it, I found a page on it...
> I just want to make sure I don't get one of those stupid win modems... I
> know there is linmodem, but it seems I have to pay for the driver, and I
> believe all software on my linux box should be free...

If you get a hardware modem, no special configuration of the modem
should be necessary.  Just point your apps to the appropriate serial
port, and you'll be good to go.

> Daniel Dalton

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