Re: Modems for Technical Communicators

Subject: Re: Modems for Technical Communicators
From: Marlana Coe <mcoe -at- SOHO -dot- IOS -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 1995 00:12:50 GMT

I work from home and dial into customers' mainframes, LANs, and WANs. I
just bought a GVS Platinum 28.8, and it exceeds my expectations. It is
fast and smooth on the net and downloads GIFs in a jiffy. The response
time on my customers' machines are great. I'm ready for the next faster

Michael Uhl <uhl -at- vislab -dot- epa -dot- gov> wrote:
>If you plan to view Web pages from home, I would recommend that you
>break open the piggy bank and go for a 28,8 modem and make sure it
>has a good data flow controller. I bought a Hayes High-Speed Serial
>Port for my PC and the data receive/transmit is so much smoother.

>If you settle for a 14,4 modem, you save money, but may end feeling
>left behind or screaming over the long delays in graphics access.

>I'm sure my TECHWR-L colleagues have opinions about this modem subject...
>we talked about it within the last year...some folks were defending their
>2400 baud dinosaurs as being just fine...

>And, BTW, it pays to spend a little extra and buy a name-brand modem, such
>as U.S. Robotics or Hayes. Buy a copy of _Computer Shopper_ and look at
>the reviews. My brother-in-law told me that _Computer Shopper_ recently
>reviewed 28,8 modems.

>Also, if you plan to do a lot of online work/play, I suggest an external
>modem. You can troubleshoot problems much more easily and reset it if
>you get into trouble.

>-Mike, whose heart is filled with techno-lust

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