analog modem

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analog modem

A device that converts the computer's digital pulses to tones that can be carried over analog telephone lines, and vice versa. Prior to the turn of the century, analog modems used to be standard equipment on most desktop and all laptop computers. For more details, see modem and analog telephone. Contrast with digital modem.


Three Decades Make a Difference
This analog modem from a Commodore 64 computer in 1982, which transmitted 300 bits per second (bps), is contrasted to an iPhone in 2012, capable of transmitting 20,000,000 bps and more.
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New research by Hermstedt, a German-based manufacturer of ISDN equipment, has revealed that web surfers with analogue modems spend three times as long waiting for web pages to download compared to those using ISDN, while one third of surfers will not wait longer than eight seconds to download a web site.
The study questioned 65 web surfers, of whom 92% were accessing the Internet using analogue modems and the rest used ISDN.
Transmission speed is increased by 200-fold compared with today's analogue modems and the telephone line remains free for traditional telephone and fax use.