> >Can someone please explain to me why I should spend an extra $100 to
> >buy the Motorola rather than a USR 128? PLEASE. I was all set to buy
> >the Motorola until I did some research (God, I love the net) and saw
> >that it doesn't do compression and bottlenecks on your com port. The
> >USR doesn't bottleneck AND has compression (max flow of something like
> >500k and switches to however it is compressed automatically). Am I
> >missing something here??, why the hell should I but the Motorola now.
> >Unless I am going to sell it (external vs. internal) or need the extra
> >analog port (can't see why). Unless someone knows something about
> >either of these I am missing, I'm a USR guy. Is support or install or
> >SOMETHING that much easier/harder for one?
Actually, you can get Bitsurfr at $200 range, but you have to really
search for that.. Such price is occasionally offered by retailers or
previous users on newsgroups. But that is irrelevant..
If you do not care about analogue device support, BUY SPORTSTER 128K.
This card is so far the best internal TA available.
But if you do want to receive calls (that is, regular analogue calls
like voice or fax..) you have to think a little bit. Sportster will NOT
make your phone connected to its POTS port ring; it does not generate
enough voltage for that. (Instead, when a call comes in, the internal
card's speaker will quack.) In order to "ring" the phone, you need an
optional ring generator, which costs about $80-100. Secondly, since ISDN
has to be powered by a NT-1, which is included in most TAs, and USR 128k
is an internal device, so obviously, when your computer is turned off,
you will NEVER know whether somebody is calling you or not.
Nevertheless, if you are going to use ISDN SOLELY for data communication
which requires a powered computer, you will love your USR 128k. But if
you wish to utilize ISDN's relatively convinient analogue call
functions, I recommend you to erase all the internal TAs from your list
unless you're eager and able to keep your computer on all day. (or, you
may miss some calls.)
There are so many kinds of TAs out there, but after considering an
individual user's needs and "financial" situation as well as knowledge,
only a few (usually a couple) choices will be left. Ask yourself
questions like this :
*How much money can you afford? (more money, better TA)
*Can you deal with technical difficulties? In other words, are you ready
and experienced enough to endure all the agony? (more skills, less
*Do you want maximum speed or maximum usability? (that is, will you
sacrifice speed over functions or functions over speed?)
*Is ISDN going to be your principle phone line, or are you going to keep
your existing phone line?
*How many computers or equipments will be sharing the ISDN line?
*How does your phone company charge for you? How can you save some money
when you use your ISDN line for communication? (ask your phone company)
*Do you need maximum flexibility in ISDN call handling? (Do you need a
bunch of calling and receiving options?)
*Do you want to utilize a certain analogue call handling options that
your phone company offers? (such as caller-ID, call transfer, etc.)
I may be able to give you some recommendation according to your answers.
Have a nce one and good luck. Jay.