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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

How bad are winmodems and why? I'd return it, but i'm not sure that paying a 15% re-stocking fee is worth it.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

Winmodems themselves aren't that bad but they don't compare to real modems most of the time. If you've already purchased it then you might as well use it. They may show they connect fast but the download rates aren't anything to brag about.
They really don't compare to a standard modem.
NavyDööd (F/A-18 Mech)
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

and never have had a problem with it. I used to connect at 51K in CA all the time. I usually get 44.6 here in TX.

Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:22 pm:   

It seems that some peolple have satisfactory results
with winmodems. Until you try the two types side
by side with the same dial-up, same location, etc.,
you'll never know what the difference is.
The connection speed really doesn't matter; it's the
download speed that really counts, as well as the
dependability of the connection. If windows is giving
you an invalid page fault error every ten minues,
how do you account for that in your benchmark? My
advice:if you are running a PII 233 or better, and
you are hurtin' for cash, and you have no ISA slots,
and you have the time required to typically make
a winmodem work, go for it. They sell on a price point
that is hard to ignore. And, hey, if things go wrong,
I'll be here to provide personalised support 24/7,
right? OK, 'nuff said...
time or inclination to make

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