HELP - Do I ned to by a DELL modem?

  UK-2000 15:44 15 Sep 2007

Hi everyone,

I'm going to buy a DELL desktop, see specs below. Is it any good? Price is £369.

I have broadband with TELEWEST at home + a Buffalo Airstation wireless G.

Do I need to buy a modem or not? They give you 2 options of modems:

Dell™ v92 Data/Fax Modem without cable [add £23.50 or £1/month1]

Dell™ v92 Data/Fax Modem with cable [add £25.85 or £1/month1]

What's the with/without cable business, don't understand either?

AMD® Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic - English
Dell™ SP1908FP 19-inch LCD FlatPanel Monitor TrueLife™ technology - Artic Silver-UK/Irish
1024MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x512]
320GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst™ cache
Integrated nVidia® GeForce® 6150 LE graphics
16x DVD +/- RW Drive
Dell™ Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard - UK/Irish (QWERTY)
Dell 2 Button USB Scroll Optical Mouse - Black


  Pine Man 15:47 15 Sep 2007

The modems that they are offering are for dial-up!

You will need a BB modem.

  Clapton is God 15:49 15 Sep 2007

But you will also need the dial-up modem if you want to send/receive faxes from the PC or make 'normal' voice calls via the PC (not VOIP calls)

  UK-2000 15:54 15 Sep 2007

click here

So, I don't need to buy this Dell™ v92 Data/Fax Modem to connect to my TELEWEST broadband service.

I dont have a fax at home and unlikely to have one.

Sorry, I'm not that knowledgeable. What do you mean by voice calls and VOIP?


  Pine Man 15:56 15 Sep 2007

If you don't require fax etc you don't need the Dell modems.

You do require a modem for your BB BUT didn't you get one when you subscribed?

  Pine Man 15:58 15 Sep 2007

You've got one!

'Buffalo Airstation wireless G.'

  UK-2000 16:00 15 Sep 2007

Are you referring to the black box that I have at the moment that was supplied by TELEWEST?


PC (Flashing green light)
CABLE (green light)
DATA (Send and Receive)
POWER (green light)


  Pine Man 16:01 15 Sep 2007

The PC is very low spec.

You have onboard graphics and presumably on board sound and only 1GB RAM.

That will just about run Vista Basic - no more!

  Clapton is God 16:01 15 Sep 2007

"I dont have a fax at home and unlikely to have one".

It's nothing to do with having a fax at home.

Dell PCs usually come pre-installed with software to enable you to send/receive faxes from the PC. It's a useful addition to have that facility.

As Pine Man says you should already have a BB modem supplied by your ISP which will connect to the new PC by USB.

  UK-2000 16:01 15 Sep 2007

I bought this a couple of months back, because my sister uses a laptop in her room so needed this wireless router business.

  Pine Man 16:02 15 Sep 2007

Yes that is your BB connection device.

If it has a lead just plug it into the ethernet connector on the PC if it's wireless only you will need a card for the PC to pick up the signal.

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