SCO Unix Serial Communications and UUCP
Some material is very old and may be incorrect today
© December 2003 (various)
This is an ancient post with no relevance to modern systems.
This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating
systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
Desktop or Openserver.
There is lots of Linux, Mac OS X and general Unix info elsewhere on
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No. It requires software drivers that aren't available (though
SOME Winmodems can be made to work on Linux systems with special
Get a real modem. Preferably, get an external modem,
- External modems are only a few dollars more than internal.
- Internal modems take up a slot that you might need someday for
- Modems can get so confused that only shutting them off will
clear their problem. You don't want to shut off your server when
that happens, do you?
- If lightning comes down your phone line (it happens) and you
have an internal modem, your whole computer is likely to be fried.
With an external modem, you'll lose the modem, but probably not
- You can see what's going on with an external modem. You can see
when the modem is receiving, transmitting, handshaking- much easier
to diagnose problems.
- You can share an external modem between multiple computers
either manually or by an A/B box- again this facilitates testing
and is sometimes very convenient.
- When you upgrade your computer, swapping the modem is much
- When you finally get your cable modem, DSL line or T1 :-), you
might actually be able to sell that external modem, but used
internal cards are near worthless.
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