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Browsing the net with 1960's modem

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Chaos, 6 Jun 2010.

  1. Chaos


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,447

    This is an old vid but I just came across it and thought it was pretty cool.

    This guy shows browsing Wikipedia at 300 baud using lynx (a text only browser)

  2. loltim


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,606

    Location: Wellington, NZ

    That's awesome:)
  3. starfighter


    Joined: 4 Aug 2008

    Posts: 4,934

    Location: Manchester.

    That is pretty cool, Like how it works on pure analogue and the voltage has to be just right, thats how plug and play should be. How we have gone backwards. :(
  4. dave-lew99

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2008

    Posts: 1,230

    Location: Manchester

    That is quite cool, look at the quality and workmanship which used to go into these sorts of things, you just don't get that these days.

    As for the voltages thing, well USB serial adaptors often don't conform to the RS232 specification properly, so that's hardly surprising, i've run across this issue myself with even new telemetry/IA equipment which wants proper RS232.
  5. MeatLoaf


    Joined: 1 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,276

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Why did he have to put the phone handset into the modem?
  6. Caged


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,282

    How else would it talk to the phone network? These things were very expensive to start off with, and people had phones anyway so why not save money by missing out the phone part? Also, it wasn't that long ago when people had to rent phones from the telcos, and weren't allowed to connect their own devices. This also gets around that.
    Last edited: 6 Jun 2010
  7. dave-lew99

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    Joined: 14 Apr 2008

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    Location: Manchester

    As said above, it's an acoustic modem, so it generates the tones through a speaker and listens through a microphone, which is played through the phones handset.

    You would do well to watch War Games and Hackers (although they're not entirely technically accurate, they do use this acoustic modem principle in various places)
  8. Duke

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Jun 2003

    Posts: 33,785

    Location: Wiltshire

    Awesome, never knew they had modems like that.
  9. Coldzero


    Joined: 3 Aug 2009

    Posts: 519

    wow awesome, thanks for sharing.
  10. Dazza_Random


    Joined: 14 Sep 2007

    Posts: 303

    Wow that's really cool, i want one lol
  11. Five_Star

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,127

    Location: Redcar

    Classic stuff indeed, such a rare find.
  12. Ev0


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,915

    This makes me feel really old :p