Awesome modem for Linux
After spending several hours trying to get a PCI winmodem to work with linux, I finally gave up and got this modem. It took about five minutes to configure PPP and connect with it. Trend officially supports Linux on many of their modems - most serial modems work fine with any operating system anyway, but its nice to know that if I call about a problem, I'm not going to have to lie about the operating system I use. Not only does the modem work with linux, it works better than my old modems (made by someone other than Trend) did with Windows. Before, I was lucky to get 3KBytes/second (24,000kpbs) of throughput, even with a 56K modem. This had always seemed to be mainly because of the quality of the phone line and distance from the CO. With the Trend modem, I was able to download OS patches at about 5.5KBytes per second last night, while also surfing. The only problem I have with the modem is that it doesn't want to let go of my phone cord. I plugged a cord into the phone jack port on it, and it won't come out. I don't want to mess up my new modem by forcing it, so I'm just living with the problem as it is. On a related note, it doesn't appear that the jack passes through both lines to the phone on the other side, or else the included phone cable is a one-line cable. I'm not sure which, but either way, if you have two lines, its something to consider. To finish on a high note, the modem looks great, and my son likes the blinkenlights.
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