Raritan SwitchMan keeps on switching and switching and switching.......

Raritan SwitchMan keeps on switching and switching and switching.......

Post by Tim Knight » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 02:50:04


I finally have what I wanted (almost) here in my office........

I have an old Gateway hybrid on the desk behind me as a complete backup
netsurfer, etc. Today I hooked up the Gateway and PowerPC to a Raritan
SwitchMan.....running Windows 98SE on the Gateway and AIX 4.3.3 on the
Power PC and it works like it had eyes!

Thanks to you all for your suggestions, with a special thanks to WBST
for ushering me into the SwitchMan Scenario..........

Now for the big question: Ta Daaaaaaaaaaah..........

I have an open PCI slot which seems the obvious place for a modem. Is
this plausible?

CT the Inquisitive (who would surely like to try out Uli Link's
modification of Mozilla's good stuff)
 
 
 

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Post by Robert E. » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:15:05


It's wonderful isn't it ? I wish I had installed one years ago. Before
wearing out and cussing at 3 different KVM boxes.




Not sure I understand. Why not put it in the PCI slot? That's where I would
put it. If you just lay it next to the computer, it's not going to work. You
have to actually insert these things Tim.

Geesh.

:-)

bob


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Post by Tim Knight » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:17:49

Hi Bob........

I really had to ask the obvious question here, because I have gotten
myself into a lot of trouble over the years by inserting things......

CT the Amorous
 
 
 

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Post by Robert E. » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:22:05

Well Sarge, at our age, you probably should be careful what you insert
where.

But your PCI modem will work fine. Provided it doesn't start a fire. And
turn the computer off first.

:-)

Depending on your OS, you might not even have to do anything after you
install it. Just start faxing away.

( I assume you're not still on dial up. )

bob
 
 
 

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Post by wm_wals » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:27:07

Hi!


Which computer is going to house the modem?

PCI modems are easily found, but many of the ones sold today are
so-called "Winmodems" that require the software driver to do all the
hard work. Most of them work well enough, but you'll want at least a
Pentium 233 or higher for the best result.

If you want a "real" modem or need something that plugs into your
RS/6000 machine, an external serial modem is probably the ticket.
Trouble is, some of those are now Winmodems as well.

I make a habit of buying up lots of external modems secondhand...they
are nice to have to hand out to customers when their internal modem has
died. All that's usually required is a simple change of the serial
cable to one that works with their computer.

William
 
 
 

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Post by Tim Knight » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:45:03

Thanks guys.......

I have a couple of PCI modems and a couple of external serial port
modems also.......

I think I will try them all and document what happens. May be of use
to someone else in the future.........

CT the Uninserted
 
 
 

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Post by wm_wals » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 04:41:55

Hi!


Good luck with that.

Most of my external modems are 56K, and some even support V.90/92. For
a while, I had a *solid* (very thick steel) MultiTech 33.6 modem
hanging off of a PS/2 Model 95. The two were a perfect match.

William
 
 
 

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Post by Daniel Ham » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 04:47:51


3Com (USRobotics) modems used to be real modems...not softmodems
(winmodems). Always my favorite. Not sure about new modems made
currently. Do they even make modems anymore?

--Daniel
 
 
 

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Post by David L. B » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 05:32:46

Hi William,
No, if they plug into a serial port they are hardware based. In fact
almost all systems, except with a UART not able to do 56K data rates, should
be able to run an external serial modem. Early model ISA PS/2s will have
16450-class UART, all others should have planar UARTs (and most MCA cards)
of 16550 level.
David
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Post by William R. » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 12:37:46

Hi!

should

Hmmm...the first I'd heard of that was pure heresay....that it was "in the
pipe" of things to come. However, a little later on, I did run into a Newcom
33.6 external modem that used a serial port and claimed to be a "Windows
Modem". At the very least I never could make it run under DOS using the
Hayes command set. Perhaps it didn't understand those commands. I never got
to find out before lightening blasted it.

There was not much to be found inside other than a couple of small
Rockwell/Conexant ICs.

William