Mfc: the company no longer makes/supplies modems and/or their chipsets, or has been taken over, or otherwise fallen into commercial Tophet.
Modem: it is no longer in production.
Chip, Chipset, Family or Family-Type: it is no longer produced at the Foundry.
In short, the item marked with a † has shuffled off this mortal coil, it has gone to meet it’s maker, to sing with the choir invisible; it is, not to put too fine a point upon it, an ex-modem (-Mfc, -Chip, -Chipset, -Family or -Type).
Site Info, History & Page Stats
These pages are a LAMP-development of the original Modem-Help, UK site (most of the old HTML pages still exist, but havn’t been updated for quite some time). That site, in it’s turn, was a transfer from the first html site on free-pages at Freeserve (sadly, now gone). The current format allows superb search facilities, customisation by Registered members, plus is quick ‘n’ easy to update.
Diligently put together in the UK by Alex Kemp. All efforts have been taken to ensure the veracity of what is written - if you know of any errors or omissions then please let us know.
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Page last updated 5 Aug 2013
Original HTML site first installed 13 Feb 1999.
All external links on this site are found via the modem or modem mfc..
It’s as well to put in a cautionary note about the difference between Drivers and Firmware. They seem related, and the two terms are often used (or misused) in the same breath. They are chalk & cheese, however. For a start, one is safe & the other can be dodgy...
Drivers are for the Operating System of the host computer and are usually safe--the absolute worst that can happen with a wrong driver is that the OS may need to be re-installed, but this would not affect the modem in any way.
Firmware (the so-called Flash) is completely local to the modem and unrelated to the computer’s OS. The absolute worst that can happen with wrong firmware is that the modem will be permanently rendered useless, but this would not affect the computer OS in any way.
With modern analog modems selling for just a few pound Sterling, of course, opinions as to which of these two is the safe one & which the dodgy may vary.