What on earth is this contraption for?

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  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    What on earth is this contraption for? I suspected it might be a USB-to-eathernet converter, but when I tried plugging an eathernet cable into it the cable was too big. It didn't fit.

    Any ideas of what it might be?
     

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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Try a phone line. Don't make me wave my cane around.

    It's a USB modem by the way.
     
  3. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Wow, so that little thing is a full modem :)

    BTW, I don't see the point really, as every computer that has USB would have a built in modem, wouldn't it?

    I was thinking of using it with my Mac Classic, but it has Apple Serial bus, not USB :(
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    That's called dial-up modem son... here is what they sounded like back in the day...click me
     
  5. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Holon, so is:

    A: That dongle a modem in itself.

    B: It allows Macs without phone jacks to use dial up.

    C: Something else.

    Thanks for the help! :)
     
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  7. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    A and B are correct.
     
  8. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    If I got an Apple serial Bus to USB converter, could I get on the dial up internet with my Macintosh Classic? Thanks!
     
  9. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    You can use most RS-232 serial modems with an Apple serial (mini-DIN) to DB-9 adapter. Or, of course, an external modem made for Apple serial.

    I'm not sure if you'll have success with your USB modem - I can't remember seeing any Apple serial to USB adapters.
     
  10. Washac, Nov 12, 2010
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    Washac macrumors 68020

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    Hi


    I go for a modem I had one one myself it was just a little bigger than that one but yes they can be that small, and mine was not a dial up one either.

    I can remember a friend of mine buying a modem back in the 80s when BBs were all the rage and it would fit in your pocket no problem.
     
  11. Golfwolf macrumors member

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    Ah, I remember some of those sounds too well, thank God for hi speed internet.:D
     
  12. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Yup, and the "GET OFF THE INTERNET I NEED TO CALL SOMEONE".
     

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