Jump to content

Stupid Question Of The Week


<SparTacuS>
 Share

Recommended Posts

Yea I know sounds dumb. But is there any way to get a Broadband/ADSL modem to make a dial-up connection.

The reason - my daughter is waiting for her ISP to connect her BB connection and has the appropriate gear ready and waiting. Whilst waiting they have allocated her a (FREE) dial-up account, but she does not have an old school modem.

Link to comment
Share on other sites


Are you asking if she could connect to her free dial-up account using her broadband modem that still hasn't been activated? If so, then I'm pretty sure (99.99999%) that this is not possible.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Are you asking if she could connect to her free dial-up account using her broadband modem that still hasn't been activated? If so, then I'm pretty sure (99.99999%) that this is not possible.

id say the same

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What I'm really saying is that, since the broadband signal only travels via @normal@ phone lines, can't we persuade a BB modem to dial a telephone number rather than a network address.

BTW - it's the BB line at the exchange that gets activated not the modem.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Umm, at the risk of being somewhat technically wrong, I believe that the typical cable/ADSL "modem" isn't a true modem in the first place, but really is a kind of bridge. The electronics are different to that in a telephone modem which modulates and demodulates the analog phone signal to represent digital ones and zeros.

So, in short your daughter's broadband /ADSL modem not only will not modulate or demodulate a telephone signal, there isn't even a connecter port for the RJ-45 telephone connector (I have a cable modem so I'm not sure about this, but I think the connector for ADSL is different and has a couple more pins) and the typical serial COM connector on telephone modems is certainly lacking (though USB connectors might lead one to think it's possible).

If there is a computer store nearby or a local buy and sell type newpapaer you should be able to find a modem for relatively little money - $10 or so. I still have an old internal 28Kb US Robotics that came on my first Micron computer in 1995 you can have if you want, but I don't believe it's worth the postage from Vienna!! :^)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What I'm really saying is that, since the broadband signal only travels via @normal@ phone lines, can't we persuade a BB modem to dial a telephone number rather than a network address.

BTW - it's the BB line at the exchange that gets activated not the modem.

Still not possible. Broadband modems connect to servers using a digital signal, whereas dial-up modems do not (analog). The two are completely different. You can't interchange the two.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...