Caution Level: Intermediate
Download File Size: 2.6 MB
Operating System: Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98
Latest Version / Release Date: Not stated / Not indicated
This is a modem with fewer capacities that are designed to use resources from a host computer to perform duties that were to be performed by the previous modems with more capacities. Winmodem is another name given to soft modems since the first ever to be produced was designed specially for Microsoft Windows. The first ever modems to be designed run on IBM compatibilities. They are still complex to operate on other alternate systems other than Microsoft Windows. There two categories of modems, pure software modems and controller less modems. Pure modems go through the full emulation of a hardware modem on the CPU with HSF standard being common. Controller less modems execute the modem duties on the modem card and require a small amount of power to do it, this helps in power saving and preferred rather than the old that had to have their own power source.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
Communication methods or interface are other ways that can be used in categorizing soft modems. Most common are the internal ISA or PCI expansion board card that can be differentiated from the CPU's hardware. The modems can be used in PC cards and Mini PCI for use in laptops or connection via USB. Most soft modems work on the same principles as PSTN but only with a more sophisticated signal and a larger band width. The installation pack comes with two cables for connection to the nearest phone modem and a software pack that is accompanied by an installation manual and a warranty card from smart link. The smart link soft modem requires a CPU that is either a PIII/IV and has a minimum random access memory of 128 but having 512 RAM is highly recommended so as to enjoy the full capability. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and USB Device of Smart Link Soft Modem errors before installing any driver updates.