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Signal Ground: Zoom's 56K PCI Plus Hardware Modem under Linux

Nov 20, 2000, 08:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Moran)

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"With many of the top motherboards finally getting rid of those older ISA slots, PCI based cards are becoming the de facto standard. But what about modems? Aren't all PCI modems wimpy "winmodems"? Enter the Zoom 56K PCI-Plus modem with a fully embedded Lucent DSP and controller chipset. This baby's ready to rock and roll under Linux and may be the last dialup modem you'll ever need to buy. Read on to find out why we like it so much."

"Dialup modems are slow to begin with, and controllerless modems are the slowest flavor you can get. The controllerless modem leans on your processor to emulate the functions of the modem, robbing your CPU of clock cycles that could be used to do other stuff. Having the modem functionality and DSP processing embedded in a real chipset on the modem outperforms an emulation of the same every time. It also gives you a much better chance of pretty good Linux compatibility."

"For Linux users, we've recommended the AOpen FM56-ITU/2 ISA modem in the past as a cheap way to get that penguin box on the net. Now, with many of the most recent motherboard releases forgoing the ISA slot, the average Linux user many times must go for either a PCI or an external modem."

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