Category: Network and Modem
Manufacturer: ESS Technologies
Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: Unavailable
Operating System: Win 98, windows 2000
Latest Version / Release Date: Unavailable / November-1-2007
An internal modem is a device installed inside a desktop or laptop computer, allowing the computer to communicate over a network with other connected computers. There are two types of internal modems: dial-up and WiFi (wireless). The former operates over a telephone line and requires a network access phone number and logon credentials to make a connection. The latter can connect wirelessly and without credentials in certain cases. The non-qualified term ‚Äúinternal modem' commonly refers to the dial-up modem, as technologies that followed are used with qualifiers to differentiate them. The low-cost 300-baud Smartmodem operated at a speed of 300 bits per second (bps) and spawned many clones. Free bulletin board services became all the rage, quickly joined by private networking services that created graphic environments where people could point-and-click their way through proprietary content.
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Over the next decade as online content switched from text-based bulletin boards to fully graphic environments, the shortcomings of operating at slower speeds became clear. Modems not only became faster, they became standard equipment, available as internal models that were soon included in every new computer. Current dial-up modems are 9600-baud, operating at a top speed of 56 kilobits (kbps) by using a combination of techniques to maximize the limitations of the technology. Server-side compression that incorporates an additional protocol known as v.44 can allow for theoretical speeds of up to 320 kbps for transferring text. Despite steady improvement over the years, the limitations of the dial-up internal modem have given way to digital subscriber line (DSL) modems, cable modems and fiber optic modems that take advantage of newer technologies for delivering content tens to hundreds of times faster than dial-up connectivity. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 56kifxE Internal Modem errors before installing any driver updates.