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Erich Flothmeier
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Generic modem

Post by Erich Flothmeier » 23 Sep 2009, 19:03

This reminds me of the the Win-modem vs
the generic modem in the days of dialup.
There was software in MS Windows that
supported the Win-modem that was not
present in a Linux sustem. The solution?
Go out and buy a non-win modem.
In the case of a cell modem, one
would like to get 1) something that is
a serial device in the first place. 2) A
facility on this device to preset it
for the licensed carrier. I know this
is possible to do with a cell phone:
You purchase the device from one
party, and preset it with the code
for the licensed carrier

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Post by Josh » 24 Sep 2009, 11:23

In fact, the modems that are in focus on this site are often "branded" in the sense that the Windows driver on the storage part is configured for a specific provider.

On the other hand, these devices are pretty generic. Both the storage and the modem part usually work flawless with the standard Linux drivers. My guess is that the manufacturers are using generic cell phone chipsets which have the multi-device ability built in (many cell phones can switch their USB modes too) and just adapt the firmware and drivers.

So - thanks to the USB standard - the situation is a little different from those long past days of the WinModem.

(Hey, my first "modem" was an acoustic coupler with 300 baud in "high speed" mode :) )

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