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-- PC-Tel AMR Modem
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2002-01-03
-- Price: ~ $30.00 USD
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Just a typical install of a Plug n Play card, nothing fancy and nothing more than a Phillips head screwdriver is necessary for installation. After the modem is installed turn on the computer, Windows should detect it as it loads as a Plug n Play communications device and asks if you want to locate a driver for it. Just put the driver CD in your CDROM and make sure you choose your CD as a device for it look on for the drivers. It picked up the drivers with no help on my part and installed them. Windows sees it as an HSP56MR modem, found an unused IRQ and comm port and set it up for them. It also supports call forwarding and wav device for modem. It then suggested I reboot the computer, I rebooted and presto I had a modem installed.

Well of course it wasn't quite that easy as I had the AMR slot disabled both by jumper and in the BIOS. Once i enabled it in both places it found the modem right off, so if you do install one of these modems please make sure that you have the AMR slot enabled.

Now for a few benchmarks ... I have had ADSL for over 2 years now so of course this thing oinked to me :o)

I managed to connect at 48.2 kbps and the store i borrowed it from connects at 53k on their phone line. Since i haven't played online games in a good while I didn't have any installed so i couldn't test for server ping. However I did download a 9 meg file over the Internet and it had a sustained 4.70 - 4.80 kb\sec download rate for the entire download. So I couldn't really complain about the speed since it is an analog modem and it moved right along. I have been spoiled by ADSL and i personally won't ever go back to a modem if I have any say in the matter. :o)

So ... for its ease of installation (after I corrected my mistake, though I think the manual should say something about making sure the AMR slot is enabled) and its whopping average 50kbps connect speed and the almost 49kb\sec download speed, I have to give this modem a 9 out of 10. I dropped a point because nobody should have to creep along at analog speeds and the thing takes up a PCI slot I know most of us would rather have on our mobos.

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