Looking for dialup hardware solution
lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at public.gmane.org
Wed Jul 16 13:51:32 UTC 2008
On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 03:09:31PM -0400, Evan Leibovitch wrote:
> The USB-Serial adaptors look to be the cheapest answer, but the
> clumsiest (you'll need the adaptor as well as a DB9-DB25 cable to use
> with your modem). A USB modem will be more expensive, but more compact,
> more portable and more energy efficient (as most of these modems can
> draw power from the USB, compared to your sportster which needs its own
Many USB modems don't work with linux of course, being only glorified
usb audio devices that expect the CPU to do all the DSP work.
> As I mentioned, PCI-Express is quickly obsoleting both conventional PCI
> (no compatibility) and AGP. Many vendors are trying to standardize on
> USB for external, PCIe for internal. Many new systems and motherboards
> come with at least one or two PCIe slots for RAID, enhanced audio and
> video. Many other (and most slower) devices are going the USB route
> which is why it is not uncommon to find four or more ports on modern
> desktops (in addition to ports for modern mice and keyboards which are
> already USB). Heck, even the EeePC has room for three, and it already
> has its own KB and mouse....
There is also external PCI express now, which does have some uses, but
may not be a desktop thing for a while.
Modern PCs tend to have 10 or more USB ports (my newest machine at home
has 12 USB ports and 2 firewire ports).
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