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This page is a list modems that are known to work with Vector CFK (or at the very least, some version of Linux). I'd like to suggest / request that you include your name on any recommendation you make.

Many Linux distributions have hardware compatibility pages that might provide a guide (not a guarantee) as to whether any given hardware might work in Vector CFK -- here are some URLs (it would be neat if we could get Internet connectivity at 7th or 10th Street or get an offline copy of some of these databases):


General Recommendation

The simplest recommendation is an external hardware serial port modem -- not USB. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive modem, probably costing between $50 and $150. Any other category of modem is harder to recommend for various reasons.

In any case, make sure you can return your modem for a full refund if it does not work with Vector CFK Linux. Keep your receipt, know how long the return period is, and test the modem before the end of the return period.

External Serial Port Modems

Any of these made for the PC world will work. (Things made specially for things like an Atari 800XL will not work, but I don't know where you'd find one of those these days.)

External USB Modems

These may or may not work for two reasons. They may be a winmodem (see discussion under #Winmodems) and your computer probably does not have a USB port.

In fact, I don't think any of the computers given out by LVCFK so far has included a USB port, so steer clear of these. -- Oops, I take that back -- some IBMs have them, and others may.

List of external USB modems that have been tested to work with Vector CFK Linux (but remember, even if it is listed here, it will only work if your computer has a USB port):

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Internal ISA Bus Modems

Almost any of these will work (a few of them may require that a dos program be run to set them up -- those are a problem, but not insurmountable). I think you want to get a speed of at least 28.8 kbps. (Faster is better, but I never get a connection of more that 38 kbps from my home even with a 56 kbps modem.)

List of internal ISA bus modems that have been tested to work with Vector CFK Linux:

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Internal PCI Bus Modems

These are a real problem -- many of these are winmodems meaning that some of the typical functionality of the modem is performed in the computer's CPU instead of in the modem. You should only buy one of those listed below:

List of internal PCI bus modems that have been tested to work with Vector CFK Linux:

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  • () RandyKramer - 12 Mar 2003
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Topic revision: r1 - 2003-03-17 - RandyKramer
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