From: Vincent Cunniffe (vincent at domain beacon.ie)
Date: Tue 04 May 1999 - 09:10:29 IST
> FWIW, according to PC Advisor this month (admittedly not the most
> advanced mag around) every single internal PCI modem they have ever
> seen has been a Winmodem.
> To their credit they are unhappy about this and think they are not a
> good idea, mainly because they use the CPU way too much as has often
> noted by Linux lovers and others.
> If this is so this answers the single most common question about
> modems and Linux. ie is every PCI modem a winmodem. I wonder if it is
> strictly true however.
Not *strictly* true : there are two brands of PCI modems that I
know of which are full-spec hardware modems. One is made by
Multitech, the other (I *think*) by Diamond. However, they're not
very common, and 99% of all PCI modems that I have ever seen
advertised are WinModems.
In general I would simply avoid PCI modems completely. I am aware
of at least one incident in which a friend of mine from college
bought two modems from a major UK web/mailorder firm, specifically
asked several times whether they were winmodems, whether they would
work with other OSes, etc., etc. and was repeatedly assured that
they were hardware modems and would work with any OS. I took one
look at the price (30 quid, iirc) and told him that they were
He bought them, they arrived, they were winmodems :-/
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