Hardware or Software modem, which is best.?

  Whaty 09:50 18 Nov 2004
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Good morning, I will be buying and installing a modem this weekend for a friend, the local computer shop has both hardware and software modems for a similar price but which is best.?

If it make any difference, the machine spec is: P2 400, 128Mb, 6Gb Hard Drive, Win 98.

Any advice would be gratefully recieved.

Thanks, Terry

  Bandy 09:56 18 Nov 2004

I've used both on many machines but have found the hardware versions to be more reliable, and to use fewer resources so I would go for hardware every time.

  Whaty 10:01 18 Nov 2004

Thanks for that Bandy.

If I go for the hardware version, is there anything I need to be aware of when installing it.?

  Danoh 10:01 18 Nov 2004

I've found external hardware modems to feel subjectively faster in use as well.

  LastChip 10:04 18 Nov 2004

It will also offer more options, should your friend wish to experiment in the future, with alternative operating systems.

  Stuartli 10:51 18 Nov 2004

For basic surfing, a "soft" £10 modem is sufficient - however, you can't beat a quality hardware model.

My six-year-old Diamond SupraExpress 56i V Pro has served me well through Windows 98, 98SE and XP Pro with regular driver updating.

  Whaty 10:52 18 Nov 2004

It'll be the hardware version then... Thanks for all your replies, much appreciated.

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