Fw: Modems

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Wed Jun 19 19:33:10 EST 2002

Alex Satrapa wrote:
> On Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at 03:14 , Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> > Michael James wrote:
> >> I'd like to put in an unqualified plug for Maestro modems, ...
> >
> > I have to agree, I've never had any touble with their products, and
> > found them *very* helpful when resolving problems.
> I had a Maestro JetStream companion (33.6k) and a Spirit Viper (28.8k).
> The Spirit Viper is a lot older (I bought it at about $300 when 28k was
> the fastest that telephone lines could possibly transfer data).
> One of my friends borrowed my JetStream, and had terrible trouble
> connecting to his ISP.  I swapped him the Spirit Viper (since my
> personal experience was that it was unbreakable) - on protest.  He was
> doubtful that the older modem could be better, but it actually connected
> reliably, and stayed connected.
> I practically had to break legs to get my Spirit Viper back ;)
> (okay, poetic licence at work)
> I think the problem would have been related to impedance of the
> telephone lines - and I couldn't remember if/what the commands were for
> adjusting impedance on the JetStream.  Guess I should talk Maestro about
> that.

Actually, thats the job of the Woomera - its selling point is things
like auto-adjusting for line impedance.

> But just be aware, YMMV when it comes to consumer off-the-shelf modems.
> Yes, the Woomera sounds like a totally kick-arse modem, but at $500, it
> would want to cook me breakfast too ;)

I don't remember it costing quite that much - but I didn't have to pay
for it :-)

Andrew Bartlett

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