>If I understand what I've read correctly, the limitation of the serial
>port restricts the speed to 115k using something like the BSP.
True with the BSP; some costlier TAs may have faster ports.
Quote:>But an add-on card like the sportster 128 can support 128k. So why is
>the BSP so popular as opposed to the comparably priced sportster?
The Sportster a) requires drivers, which only work in Mickeysoft Windoze
operating systems, while the BSP uses standard serial ports so it works with
OS/2, Linux, BSD, NT, NextStep, MacOS, PCDOS, and anything else that can runa
COM port. Including Mickeysoft Windoze. And b) the BSP includes (almost:-) )
real POTS ports, so you can plug in a fone, and it'll ring even when the
computer's down or not running 'doze. and c) the BSP does data-over-voice,
while the Sportster doesn't (unless it's a recent addition), so you wouldn't
want to touch one in some telcos' territories where data bearers are wicked
expensive. Plus d) the Sportster requires the usual IRQ/IO address stuff,
which can be tricky in a PeeCee, plus it needs a free ISA slot.
Quote:>Also, someone made a remark about PacBell only supporting a max 112k
>connection. True or false?
False. They've pretty much upgraded to 64k, but you have to dial an 11-digit
number, even for local calls, to use it (local rates apply if it's local).
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