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Dialing for Data

Chances are your PC came with an internal “dial-up” modem, so called because it requires phone lines to dial up Internet service. If you're not sure, check the back of your system and look for a telephone jack. If you find one, it's probably connected to a modem.

If you don't have a modem, now is as good a time as any to get one. Choosing a modem used to be complicated, but the modem industry is pretty standardized now so there really isn't a lot to think about. Modems are rated by speed, and these days virtually all dial-up modems operate at 56K, which means they transmit and receive data at 56,000 bits per second (abbreviated 56 Kbps). Some older or less expensive modems operate at 33,300 kilobits per second or even 28,800. (You may see these referred to as 33.3 or 28.8.)


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