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Installing a Modem

Modem installations are among the most common of upgrades, if only because of the rapid-fire improvement of modem speeds to the current level of 56 kilobits per second (kbps). Although I recommend always buying the fastest modem you can reasonably afford, the final decision is a question of internal versus external design.

The main advantage of internal modems is their lower cost: They often cost $20 to $30 less than their external counterparts. Part of the savings is due to the fact that internal models don't include the power supply, plastic case, and serial cable found on external modems.


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