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Can ethernet card replace a modem for dial up?

by honeyquilts / February 28, 2009 2:22 PM PST

I was just online with a Dell tech asking if a certain Inspiron 15 model had a modem available. (I am shopping for a new laptop). There are some places that I travel where the only way I can get on line is by dial up so I do need that capability.
He told me that you don't need a modem anymore if there is an ethernet card in the computer. I've never heard of this and am skeptical. Can someone set me straight? Thanks!

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I agree with you.
by ahtoi / February 28, 2009 4:31 PM PST

I think the tech. mis-understood you. I never heard of such thing either.

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Oh I see usb modem are available.
by ahtoi / February 28, 2009 4:40 PM PST
In reply to: I agree with you.

It seems like a handy unit for traveling.

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He's an idiot . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 28, 2009 9:10 PM PST

Most laptops come with built in modems and Ethernet connectors. Again, the tech doesn't know what he's talking about. Two different technologies involved here.

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External modem
by Phil Crase / March 1, 2009 1:21 AM PST

You can use an external USB modem or (if you can find one online) a PCMCIA slot card modem. So, all is not lost ! Good luck!!

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I havent check the peripherals available ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 1, 2009 3:18 AM PST

for the "Inspiron 15 model" but many manufacturer's do not offer modems with all models of their computers and as far as the tech saying that "you don't need a modem anymore if there is an ethernet card in the computer" I believe something was lost in the communication and either he didn't fully understand what you said to him or you didn't fully grasp what he said to you.

If a modem is not offered all is not lost as you can easily add either a USB external modem or even better with a laptop you can add a PC Card modem yourself and Gateway probably also has these available (as do or or many other places).

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modem for dial up
by honeyquilts / March 1, 2009 2:30 PM PST

I explained my need to the tech very clearly and when he first answered I repeated - there is no broadband available where I'm going and I need to use dial up to get on line. Don't I need a modem?
That was his answer.

In the meantime thank you all who suggested the USB modem - that will work just fine!
I ended up buying a Toshiba Satellite E105-S1402 and will need to add the USB modem - otherwise it will be perfect for travel.

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In my desktop :
by imevinodh / September 8, 2009 5:45 PM PDT
In reply to: modem for dial up

I have an etherned card in my desktop, could it be used as a dial-up modem. Please suggest

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No. Different technology.
by Kees Bakker / September 8, 2009 5:57 PM PDT
In reply to: In my desktop :

It's like using a fridge to make coffee, or a coffee maker to keep you chicken frozen. Won't work.
Buy the hardware you need to do what you want to do.


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