What I read befor picking up what was available to me locally..the us robotics 5686E new, it is external serial and listed linux,dos
Is any one useing this with success for dial-up on mepis 7
56K* V.92 External Modem + Fax
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Modem is compatible with Windows Server 2003, XP 64 bit, Server 2003 64 bit, XP, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Linux and DOS.**
Modem Standards and Protocols Supported
V.92 56 Kbps ITU standard
V.90 56 Kbps ITU standard
V.34 33.6 Kbps ITU standard
Compatible with ITU and Bell standards from 56 Kbps to 1200 bps
V.42/MNP 2-4 error control,V.42 bis/MNP 5 data compression
Fax:Class 1 and 2.0 Group III 14.4 Kbps send and receive
Not all external modems will work. If they don't say they work with linux or DOS then they probably are winmodems (controller less) means cheaper to build.
Answer to this question from over a year ago:
Works with Simply Mepis 3.4-3, 6.0, and 6.0-1
used Creative Modem Blaster V.92 Serial DE5621 powered by Broadxent (fleabay for roughly 16 dollars) uses 9-hole serial port on unit and 9-pin serial port to computer)
refurb Best Data External V.92 56SX-92
uses serial cable wide connector (DB-25)on unit and 9-pin serial port to computer) roughly 16 dollars online seller
*-Expensive, new US Robotics FAX modem Serial 5686
(uses wide connector (DB-25) on unit and 9-pin serial port to computer) cable not included
All external modems connected via a RS-232 serial port should work. This includes external ISDN adapters, although some of the extended features of external ISDN adapaters (such as multilink) may or may not work.
The Cheap /Linux/ Box
External modems: Any modem with the standard serial interface, RS-232, is a controller-based ("hardware") modem which will work with any operating system. External 56K modems seem to be cheaper than controller-based internal 56K PCI modems; they cost similar to controller-based ISA modems (around $40-50), while there are fewer and fewer ISA slots on the motherboards, and newer boards often do not have ISA slots at all. This makes an external modem your best option. All you need is to stay away from modems with USB interface (all current USB modems are winmodems) and from obsolete modems with RPI (among old 14.4 and few 28.8 modems).
External 56K modems [PriceWatch]. Stay away from USB modems! Confirm with the dealer that you are getting a modem with the serial interface (RS-232)!
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Do they all work under Linux?
At one time (2002 ?) all external modems would work under Linux. But then came the controllerless external modem which wouldn't. If the box says it requires Windows with no mention of Linux it could mean just that. Could it be that Windows software is provided for "modem on hold" and for use as an answering machine, etc., but that otherwise it will work under Linux? Linux may not support these features very well if at all. If this is a recent version of Modem-HOWTO, let me know of your experience with this.
External Serial Modem
Any external serial modem
Virtually any external serial modem is supposed to work with virtually any version of Linux, but always go online and check for compatibility with Mepis beforehand. Go to the forum and don't be afraid to ask questions. If you buy a used model, be sure that the power supply matches your modem...for example, my Best Data Smart One didn't work on 9V 400 MA (the lights lit up and the modem appeared to respond to queries, but no dice), but did work on 9V 1000MA (despite that, I still got poor connect speeds and frequent disconnects. Go figure). You might have to do some Googling to determine what the correct amperage/voltage is. Go to the manufacturer's website first. If anyone has an external serial modem (NOT USB) that absolutely will NOT work, please send it to me the name of it and I will list it here. Remember to set KPPP to match the serial port where your modem is located, for example, mine is /dev/ttyS0. If you're unsure, set it for ttyS0 and query the modem...if nothing happens or you get all blank fields, go to ttyS1, then ttyS2, etc. Please send us info ONLY about those external serial modems that don't seem to work, so we can put them on the list below for everyone to avoid.