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Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Brief History of the Modem

What do you think of when you think of a modem? If you’re an ‘80s baby, chances are you were brought up with the weird noise of a connecting modem echoing around your home every time you wanted to go on the web, but while the recent history of the modem is one full of speed-increases and improved technology, the beginning was actually a lot slower – and expensive.

Back in 1988, an IBM ISA 2400bps modem – which, by today’s standards, is slower than anything you could ever imagine – would have cost you $1,000. Thankfully, as the internet grew and demand increased, the price of modems came down and we’ve now entered a new-era with the 4G network.

It’s said that the iPhone 5 will probably boast 4G networking capabilities, which would prove to be a huge step forward for browsing and downloading on-the-go.

So soak up the information and read about the intriguing history of the modem.

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