Do not get a winmodem. Get a good hardware driven modem and you'll thank yourself down the line
A USRobitics v anything, if you can find one, would be an amazing modem for yourself
I was a dialup technician for about a year and a half, and hardly anybody with those called up if at all. Now people with lucent winmodems.. every single call.. so please, spend the buckeroos for a better more stable connection that doesnt depend on your cpu's power to stay online.
If you load a game with a winmodem sometimes it doesnt leave enough cpu power to keep the modem running, therefore disconnecting you
We had calls about that sort of thing a lot.
Basically there are two main types of dialup modem, Hardware and Software driven type modems. There are also two sub categories of software.
Read the following from an article found here.
Why soft modems are different
Software-based modems use fewer chips compared to traditional modems. The work normally done by the missing chips is transferred to software running on the host computer's main processor (the Pentium, PowerPC, etc.).
Modems consist of two major components:
A datapump performs the basic modulation/demodulation tasks for which modems are named
A controller provides the modem's identity: this is where the protocols for hardware error correction, hardware data compression, and basic modulation protocols (such as V.34, x2 or K56flex) exist. The controller is also responsible for interpreting AT commands.
A traditional modem implements both features in hardware, as chips inside the modem.
A controllerless modem, such as the U.S. Robotics (now 3Com) Winmodem, still has a hardware datapump, but implements the controller function as software.
An HSP modem dispenses with both the controller and the datapump, and uses software to provide both functions. Short for host signal processor, HSP modems transfer the work normally done by the missing chips to software running on the host computer's main processor (the 486, Pentium, PowerPC, etc.)