Modems: 60 years of hooking up

A visual guide to the history of the modem, from the 1950s to today.

By Benj Edwards, PC World |  Networking, slideshow

Beyond Dial-Up 

Having reached the limits of analog modem technology, companies tried various new approaches to sate the public's demand for ever-faster modem speeds. The first alternative was all-digital phone lines (ISDN), though their expensiveness limited their popularity. In the early 2000s, modems that worked over cable TV lines won a following. Phone companies also figured out how to deliver digital data more economically through ADSL lines. And then there's wireless--another can of worms altogether.

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