Notes and Comments
I have this one myself, and the 1.6 driver has never presented any problems under win98, or winXP.
Drivers for the SpeedTouch USB will work equally well for the Speed Touch 330 (and the SpeedTouch 500 Series with Combo-USB).
Rev 0000 is ADSL-over-POTS & Rev 0001 is ADSL-over-ISDN (mine is the former, yet the driver loads the latter - work that one out). Drivers are a Setup.exe (for Windows) and are either an update file (meaning that you need the original driver to already be loaded) or an install file (meaning that you will need an appropriate Phonebook.ini file for your provider, and/or be able to answer certain technical questions on protocols used during installation). Both files are available, as is a CDROM-ISO file from the UK site.
The modem is a controller-less chipset which loads Firmware from disk into the modem at startup. This arrangement makes upgrading easy (no ‘flashing’ required) but is a pig for OSs like Linux, who do not receive the same software-driver investment from the manufacturer as is given to Windows. Linux drivers are, nevertheless, available via a SourceForge project.
The semi-soft chipset arrangement described above does mean that a reasonably-fast computer is required (the host PC performs ATM layering and TCP/IP processing), although this is less of an issue in 2005 than it was some years ago. A slow--or CPU-congested--computer can reduce internet speed. The very large power-drain on the USB port (500 mA - this is a bus-powered device) may still be an issue, however. Try, if you can, not to have any other USB devices active whilst browsing (reduces bandwidth on the USB-bus and can reduce internet speed), or use a mains-powered hub, or even be careful as to which specific USB port is used, since not all USB ports on all computers are equal.
The Mac OS 9 UK .ZIP file is corrupted (tried dowloading it twice - no fun at 9MB on 56k dialup).
Windows 2000-XP-Vista notes: installing the drivers means that hardware is being installed. This requires an Administrator login (‘Run As Administrator’ will not cut it).
Windows XP/Vista 64-bit notes: The latest drivers should (notice that weasel-word) be backwards-compatible to this model, even though they are designed for the ST-330. No extra functionality is provided above the 1.6 driver, however, apart from being capable of being loaded under Vista.
The following modems are connected with this modem in some way - often the same modem under a different name, or the other members of a Family of modems. Check out the notes above for (maybe) further details.
†Alcatel Speed Touch 330 ADSL USB (Rev 2)
†Alcatel Speed Touch 330 ADSL USB (Rev 4)
†Alcatel Speed Touch 530 ADSL Residential USB Gateway-v4
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