USR Delivers 56 Kpbs Over Standard Phone Lines
U.S. Robotics' new x2 modem technology increases the top speed of a standard modem using regular phone lines for downloading data to 56 Kbps -- equivalent to many ISDN connections. Most Internet access still takes place over POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) lines, so x2 technology is expected to have a widespread impact in business and education. In many cases, users will be able to obtain a simple, inexpensive upgrade for their U.S. Robotics modems, including their Sportster line.
As of this writing, more than 30 ISPs (Internet Service Providers) worldwide have agreed to support x2 technology, including America Online, CompuServe, Prodigy, Netcom and MCI. IBM Global Network is adopting x2 as well. U.S. Robotics, Network Systems Division, Skokie, IL, (800) 877-7533, www.usr.com.
This article originally appeared in the 12/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.