On 01/01/2004 04:25 AM, Peter wrote:
Hi, before investing on a USB modem I'd like to ask someone here about issues. My system, Thinkpad 600x laptop, runs on Suse's 9.0 Pro edition. Suse was able to detect/configure my current MegaHertz/USR PCMCIA modem. It works well but I cannot get any speed higher than 34 even though it's rated to transfer up to 56.
The speed for connection and transfer is mostly dependent on your phone line as well as modem. If you have seen it connect at 34K then this modem is limited by your phone line, and getting another modem would do nothing. Another possible factor is the modem you are connecting to, but since most modems are standards compliant, that shouldn't be as much of an issue as it once was.
I'd like to switch to a modem with better transfer/compatibility but with the ease of portability.
First try a different phone line or calling to a different modem. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
I've noted a few small pocket USB modems, hence my question below. Generally, are USB modems plug and play like most USB devices or do they require additional drivers/configuration? Thanks in advance,Peter LandySchenectady, NY
I don't believe a USB modem is as easy as a serial modem (ext. serial is as easy as it gets). It may not even work since the USB modem needs to have its driver in the kernel (internally or module), and since this depends on the manufacturers support for Linux, or someone else making a driver, it will not be as easy as an ext. serial. HTH.