From the Back Cover
In the age of the Internet, modems are more important than they've ever been. But they're still more mysterious than they ought to be. In Modems in the Information Age, a professional communications engineer explains everything you need to know to select, install and troubleshoot modems.
- How 56K modems work: Will your phone line support them?
- ISDN, cable, cellular, and wireless modems: How to choose and use them
- How to set your modem up right the first time
- Tips on streamlining modem installation and setup
- How to speed up Internet browsing
- Select Usenet newsgroups with included software
Modems in the Information Age provides detailed, step-by-step guidance on modem testing and troubleshooting. Learn what those modem indicator lights mean, how to use the testing capabilities of the AT command language, and how to test serial ports. The book comes with sophisticated modem test software, and simple instructions on how to use it.
Understand every category of communications software-including terminal emulators, fax and OCR software, Internet browsers, voice communications software, FTP, compression, encoding and decoding, and even encryption. If you're a communications professional, you'll also find invaluable coverage of specialty modems, including commercial voiceband, wireless, and short haul modems.
Ever wondered just how modems work? You're in the right place. Lewart explains the theory of modems, demonstrates the theoretical and practical limits on their performance-and takes a close look at the chipset at the heart of today's most popular modems.
You can't make the most of modem technology if you don't understand it. No matter who you are, Modems in the Information Age will make you a smarter modem buyer, and a more effective modem user.
About the Author
CASS LEWART is the author of nine books and numerous articles dealing with data communications and computer programming, including the classic Modem Handbook for the Communications Professional, published in 1987. His career in data communications extends over 40 years, and has included project leadership with Bell Laboratories and Unisys in voice and data transmission, carrier telephony, equipment design, testing, and troubleshooting.