When considering upgrade modem there are two types of modems available in today's computing world: analog and
One consideration to buying a new one is speed; the other is fax capability
(cheaper that a fax machine). The maximum speed for analog modems is 58.8 KBS. (KBS
stands for Kilo Bits per
If your current modem is a 58.8 KBS then there is no reason to upgrade, if you
don't have a fax or voice capability and would like to have it then you could do
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If you have a 58.8 KBS modem and are not getting that speed when connecting it
more than likely is your phone line. Have the phone company check you phone
line, some phone companies will not guarantee more than 28.8 KBS on a analog
Cable and DSL modems normally are supplied buy the ISP (Internet
Provider) but some are moving away from providing the modem you use to connect
to their services. Recently unless you sign up for a maintenance contract for
your service if your modem fails you will need to purchase a new one.
That happened to me after four years my DSL modem failed, when it did I had to
buy a new one so I added the wireless feature, the capability for a DMZ (Digital
Media Zone), however I do not need a NAS (Network
Attached Storage) as an external USB hard drive that is a feature of
the new modem.
Newer models also come with the capability to connect at 1 GBPS, if your
ISP can provide a connection above 100 MBPS (MBPS stands for Mega
Bits Per Second, GBPS
stands for Giga Bits Per
Second) this would mean you would have true
high speed internet. But consider this: If the ISP doesn't provide anything
above 10 MBPS connect speed then it would be a waste of your money to buy this
type of device.
If you are not on a service contract for the modem you can upgrade for more
options such as adding a wireless access point to your modem, or storage either
in the modem or as an external usb hard drive.
Upgrade Modem will not increase your access speed to the
internet, that only comes from the ISP and they will charge you more for the
increase in speed - guaranteed!