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Love the shape, and it just works!

  • Jun 17, 2000
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Pros: Nice shape, great functionality...

Cons: Company went out of business...

I have used DSL service (Flashcom) since the beginning of this year, and because of that I have had little occasion to use my modem. Last week I had to use it to register my copy of Master Cook—an excellent product by the way. With a little trepidation I turned the modem—a Hayes ACCURA 56K/V.90—on for the first time in almost six months, and proceeded to register the product. The Hayes performed flawlessly; I need not have worried! It was a Hayes after all!

Since 1985 I have lived with the scratchy beep and bong of the modem handshake while logging onto the Internet, or some on-line service. It seems to me like I have owned every speed and make of modem; I started out with a Hayes 4800Kbs (Kilobytes per second), or baud and was logging onto BBS’ long before anyone heard of AOL or the Internet as we know them today. I have watched the steady progression of modem speeds and heralded each one, because it allowed me to log onto my favorite on-line provider that much faster in order to download files or chat.

Early last year I finally laid hands on a 56Kbs, a Hayes ACCURA 56K/V.90, Voice/Fax/Modem, with a built-in speaker. I bought the modem primarily because of the way it looked; aerodynamic, white with a black faceplate covering the red status lights in the front. I have always been partial to external modems because I like to watch the statue lights; they perform a vital function for the serious down loader; after all how else am I going to know when the modem has really dropped the line? The ACCURA 56K/V.90 is equipped with seven status lights and I detailed them below:

RI=Ring Indicator
HS=High Speed (4800Kbs & above)
CD=Carrier Detect
OH=Off Hook
RD=Receive Data
SD=Send Data
TR=Terminal Ready
MR=Modem Ready

I installed the modem onto a brand new Windows 95 computer I had just built. Installation was a snap (which is the way I like it), Windows detected the modem and then allowed me to install the included drivers. Since installation the modem has given me zero problems; it has worked seamlessly with Windows 95, Windows 98, America On-Line Ver. 4-0 –5.0, Winfax Pro, TalkWorks, TalkWorks Pro, Quicken 99, and Quicklink Fax.

It is perhaps a sad note that the manufacture of this modem has gone out of business. Yes, Hayes, the company that produced the first and in my mind, the best, modems for the money, has shut down. But interestingly enough you can still find the company’s products at (www.hayes.com), the home page for Modem Express, Inc. The latest drivers for Hayes, Practical Peripherals, and Cardinal modems, all of which were produced by Hayes are available at this web site.


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Vincent Martin ()
I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
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Hayes 56K V.90 Ready ACCURA Speakerphone modems combine high performance, reliability, and advanced business features for a single, quality solution that allows you to carry on conversations hands-free with the full-duplex speakerphone and built-in microphone. Why settle for anything less???With the ACCURA 56K, you get the fastest Internet access over ordinary phone lines and the legendary Hayes' reliability. Professional quality messaging system provides Voice Mail and Fax-On-Demand. A single phone line can turn any remote office into a professional message center. Why settle for a Hayes compatible modem when you can have a genuine Hayes modem?
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