modem differences

  m&n 11:55 23 Oct 2007
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Is there a difference between a dial up moden and a broadband modem,ie,can I use an old dial modem to connect to the net via broadband or must i purchase a "broadband Modem"

  crosstrainer 12:15 23 Oct 2007

Are completely different animals. A basic dial up modem can be connected to a telephone line and will then function (although by today's standards very slowly)

A broadband modem requires an adsl connection (for which you pay a service provider) and is much faster.

The two are not compatible with each other at all.

  Clapton is God 20:06 23 Oct 2007

However, if you want to send and/or receive faxes to and from your PC, you'll still need a dial-up modem.

You cannot use a BB modem for faxes.

  Totally-braindead 23:11 23 Oct 2007

You can't use your old dial up modem to connect to BB but you'll find many BB providers will supply a free BB modem to new customers.

  anchor 14:21 25 Oct 2007

Even when you have ADSL and a "broadband Modem" an old dial-up modem in your PC is handy.

To send faxes, as Clapton is God, commented.

Plus the ability to connect to the internet IF your broadband connection goes down.

  m&n 10:51 26 Oct 2007

My thanks to all for your replies.
I think I have the jist of the problem now.
m&n

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