Category: Network and modem
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 94 KB
Operating System: Win2003, WinXP, Win2000, NT, WinME
Latest Version / Release Date: NA / NA
56K PCMCIA Modems are characterized by many as a board or as a PCI card. It contains a large yellow part bottom-left where a transformer separates the phone line from the personal computer. Its parts, specifically those located at the top left sections which consists of various line interface components, perform different tasks. The card also contains two large chips which manages digital signal processing as well as PCMCIA interfacing. Its metal base is very useful for timing functionalities. In PCI cards, there is also a variation known as PCMCIA which stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. PCMCIA is a collection of all big businesses who lead the way in defining and in developing standards. With ithe continuous branding and marketing of its products, it extended its market not only to memory cards. The association also acquired the rights to the simpler term 'PC Card' from the IBM company. Since then, a lot of people started using PCI rather than 'PCMCIA', from version 2 of the specification onwards. This device also expanded its use to a lot of flash memory cards that set out to improve on the size and features of Type I cards. These Type I cards are known as compact flash, minicard and smart media. There is also the “ExpressCard”. This was invented as a replacement for the PC Card. The company develops around the PCI Express and USB 2.0 standards. Since 2007 all major laptops are now equipped and sold with only ExpressCard slots or neither slots type. Thus, leaving expansion to USB and Firewire only.
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The amount of data in modems are measured through bits per second or bps. You may see this when you have successfully connected your computer or laptop to the internet. Another way of measuring is through Baud. This counts the number of times the modem changes its signal state per second. A lot of high speed and advanced modems are being invented nowadays. These are known as cable modems, DSL or ADSL modems. In big industries (notably in telecommunications), they use wide band radio modems. These wide band modems sends repeating frames of data at very high data rates over microwave radio links. Reports also say that a number of microwave modems can only send more than a hundred million bits per second. Radio networks, on the other hand, only use narrow band radio modems. This is mostly used for low data rates of up to 19.2k. A different type of modem, known as the optical modems, send out data over optical fibers. These can be seen through most intercontinental data links. Most of their constructions use optical modems transmitting over undersea optical fibers. Data rates for optical modems are counted in excess of a billion (1x109) bits per second. A modem is usually the longer version of a modulator and demodulator. It later on that it was abbreviated to “modem.” This is a device that first modulates an analog carrier signal to program digital information. It also demodulates a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. This is done in order to produce a signal that is easily sent as well as decoded in order to replicate the original data. It mostly uses analog signals from driven diodes to radio. This makes the 56K PCMCIA Modem still a good buy. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 56K PCMCIA Modem[RW] errors before installing any driver updates.