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Winn L. Rosch Hardware Bible, Sixth Edition by Winn L. Rosch

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Analog Services

A modem is standard equipment in every new computer—and with good reason. It's what most people use to connect to the Internet. Consider a computer without a modem, and you might as well buy a vacuum cleaner.

Today's modem is a world apart from those of only a few years ago, and the difference is speed. Nearly every new modem sold operates at a top speed of 56,000bps—fast enough that most people refuse to pay the higher charges demanded for faster-still all-digital services. Today's modems are fast enough for e-mail and most surfing. They falter only when you want an edge in playing online games, want to download streaming video, or want to exchange photos with relatives and friends.

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A true modem is a necessary evil ...

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