A: There are advantages and disadvantages to both types. External modems are easy to install. You can take them on the road with you and switch them from one computer to another. You can also reset an external modem without rebooting your computer. The downside of external modems is that they take up more desk space and add additional spaghetti (wires) behind your desk. Most new computers now come with internal modems preinstalled. Internal modems are not all alike, however. email your Internet Service Provider’s Help Desk before purchasing a new computer that contains a modem or software based modem. They’ve had first hand experience with a variety of modems and would know which type of modem best meets your specific connection needs.
A: A quality, high-performance dial-up modem performs
the following five basic functions:
A: You probably have Outlook Express set to hang up after sending or receiving your messages. If so, here are the steps you need to follow to fix the problem:
1. With Outlook Express open, click “Tools” then “Options.”
A: The name of modems—28.8, 33.6, 56k, etc.—can be a little misleading. These numbers indicate the fastest theoretical speeds of the modems and not the fastest real world speeds. A more ideal description would include the term “up to” 28.8, 33.6kbps, or 56k. Also, modems can not transmit data faster than the maximum speed of the line which data travels to reach your home. Maximum line speed is determined by many factors—including the distance between your home and your ISP, the quality of wiring, etc.