OT: Winmodems are soundcards Was: Laptop for College Bound Student?
On Thu, 2008-06-12 at 10:21 -0500, Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
> Brad Rogers wrote:
> > On Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:57:58 +0200
> > Misko <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Hello Misko,
> >> is if I can make my regular soundcard force to behave like modem?
> > Possibly, but why would you want to? When you're on-line using a
> > WinModem the CPU has to do all the work of (en|de)coding data that
> > would normally be done by the modem itself. This slows the computer
> > down. Maybe not much, but if you're doing something critical, time, and
> > timing, may be of the essence.
> > Using a proper modem is far and away the best approach. They're hardly
> > expensive these days. Not like when I started out; A 300/300 &
> > 1200/75 baud modem cost £125. That was in the 1980s.
> But they're not cheap: we're talking about an analog modem that does V92
> protocol. NewEgg has 2: one for $76.99 and one for $244.99 both U.S.
How necessary is a modem really? Especially on a laptop? Seems like
wifi support would be faster, easier and all around more accessible in
this day and age.