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If you're looking for a Windows modem this is still a great modem but you can get less expensive software modems. One advantage for Windows users is the bundled BVRP Phone Tools fax, terminal and phone book software. I've used this software with other US Robotics modems and it works great on all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 through Windows 7. Please be aware that it only works with the US Robotics modem and not other modems you may have installed. Since the modem is a true hardware modem it won't use as much of the computer's processing to communicate over dial-up. It's also less likely to cause operating system problems and crashes since it doesn't use a special OS service or driver.
The modem is light, small and well constructed. It comes with a decently long phone cord including a ferrite donut to cut down on radio interference. It works fine with any phone cable but the phone cable may affect nearby radio devices without the ferrite donut. I haven't had any problems with any phone cord.
There is a small green power light and a small phone communication light to show what the modem is doing. I thought those were a nice feature since I could tell immediately when the OS detected the modem (the power light came on). I also could tell when the modem was communicating because the data light would blink.
As I mentioned the software included is BVRP Classic Phone Tools for Windows. It has a CD with drivers and software, including a "README" file for Linux users.Read more ›
for STEP THREE: INSTALL THE MODEM DRIVER MAC OS X 10.4.3 OR LATER
complete steps 1 through 5 then click on the ADVANCED button. Then do step 6, select the modem tab, in VENDOR select other, in MODEL select USRobotics 56K USB modem. Check Enable error correction and compression in modem. In Dial Mode select "Wait for Dial tone before dialing" in drop down menu. Set Dialing to Tone and Sound to On or Off. Click OK.
Once I did this I was able to connect to the internet using AOL. In fact I am writing this review on a macbook with the USR5637 and AOL.
Unlike the Apple USB modem this one comes with a thick telephone cable. The performance is good, it seems to speed up surfing a little bit. I bought this from Amazon and am pleased with the results so far.
Update 7/29/08: I am typing this update on a MacBookApple MacBook MB403LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive) White the modem works fine with it as well!
Update 10/26/08: It works fine on a MSI Wind as well MSI Wind U100-279US 10-Inch Mini Laptop (1.6 GHz Intel Atom, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 6 Cell Battery, 802.11 b/g/n+BT, XP Home) White
User reviews and specs show that USB >hardware< modems [where signal processing occurs upfront] are much less op-sysem software dependent, thus can be installed on many platforms, requiring only a simple relay coupler. Since US Robotics is a Windows-oriented manufacturer, I had my doubts - but tech service assured me it would work on the Mac - and so it did! Just be sure to download the latest Mac OSX 6 driver, and you won't even need installation CD. Modem tested flawlessly in Mac Snow Leopard -- whether 32-bit or 64-bit kernel mode. The modem delivers just basic connection functions ... but that's all you need after all. Fancier functions, such as hold on call-wating, aren't (?yet) supported for Mac or Linux.
One caveat: this device needs just about all the 500 mA of an onboard USB connector; although nominal power use is listed as 180 mA, System Profiler shows 260 mA resting usage -- enough to kick off a power overuse warning from my external (and powered) USB hub.
As to speed, a hardware modem theoretically should be (and probably is) faster than a software modem but at these snailmail speeds the difference isn't all that awesome.
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After losing a day of trying, II found this does not work with Mac OS 10.11.6. Cf. another person's review here, who stated more that after much grief, a support person... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Customer in Oregon
This thing got really hot when I used it and finally the data light went out. I am not sure that any of the faxes I did even went thur. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa
This is the fourth modem I bought this month, and I finely found one that works with my mac perfectly. All the other modems cost less than $20, well you get what you pay for. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lance W
I purchased this faxModem in November 2015 and it just died on 03/11/2016. Amazon won't allow for a replacement and I would have expected higher quality from a product sold by... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Danielle R. Freedman