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Do usb phone modems (RJ-11) work as well as the old built-in ones?

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#1 brian2009


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:27 AM

I am trying to decide whether to update my XP notebook to Win 7 or just buy a refurbished Win 7 machine. I am not interested in a Win 8 machine.


The issue is that I have to use dial-up for over 90% of my internet use.


My current notebook has a built-in RJ-11 modem which works well for me. Any newer machine would probably require using a usb RJ-11 to connect.


I don't want to spend too much for one (usb modem) so I'm wondering about the quality of the average run-of-the-mill usb models. It seems that they might not work as well as the older built-ins.


Anyone have any experience using these to connect for significant amounts of time? It would be used on a Win 7 notebook.



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 12:40 PM

USB modem work as well as, if not better than the old internal modems.  I bought one, a US Robotics, when USB became the rage, made it easier to move from one machine to the next.  The data transfer rates of a modem are nothing for a USB connection to handle.

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:15 AM

Thanks BC. That's good to know. I know the usb's had more 'features' but wasn't sure about their functional stability.


When I look at the price of buying Win 7 and installing it on my Dell D620 I start thinking why spend a third of the price of a refurb Win 7 notebook, most likely with better specs.


The D620 has been a great notebook but I'm thinking I'll just leave it alone and still have an XP machine around.

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