US Robotics Sportster 14.4Kbps modem

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    Kickin' it old school - somebody left this old dialup modem laying around in the break room.

    USR still exists and sells dialup modems, though they also do things like wired and wireless routers and switches.

    1. joshua of california 76 months ago | reply

      geeeeEEEEEE grsshhhhhhhhhhhhh bleeeeep erk.

    2. CrankyMonkey 76 months ago | reply

      Remember when that was fast?

    3. joshgray 76 months ago | reply

      dude i totally remember bringing home a 14.4 and being SO EXCITED about it. bah 2400

    4. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 76 months ago | reply

      Yeah. Josh channeled the training sounds PERFECTLY.

      A lot of my early software work was at a terminal server company, so we had piles of these modems for testing.

    5. Mark Stosberg 76 months ago | reply

      We still use one that looks like that, and may not be much faster. It sends out TAP pages (similar to SMS). They are plenty fast enough for that.

    6. BlastRadius 76 months ago | reply

      Cheapskates, we had USR Couriers! Haha J/K
      I had five of those attached to an old Compaq DeskPro 4/33 with a Digiboard running BSDI-BSD/OS connecting to a service provider called TheLittleGarden ( and serving Internet access to four of my friends. That was some good old fun. That was when the only browser available was NCSA Mosaic.

    7. allentomdude 76 months ago | reply

      This was so much faster than the 2400 baud modem that it replaced!

    8. Ms. Art Teacher Lady 76 months ago | reply

      Oh... my parents can top that. There were modems before this where you actually attached the phone receiver-- we had several.

    9. mr brown 76 months ago | reply

      I had the 2400, 9600, this USR, and finally a 56k modem. Brings back memories, man!

    10. smellsofbikes 76 months ago | reply

      I used to have a Pile Of Modem. On the top was a 48K/56K Sportster, about the size of a pack of cigarettes. Below that was a 14.4K Sportster, this form factor. Under that was a 2400 baud USR, about the size of a textbook, and on the bottom was a 300 baud IBM that weighed about 3 kilos and was the size of a shoebox. Alas, I'd long before thrown away the acoustic modem with the phone handpiece rest -- because nothing else could've sat on top of that.
      (Somewhere, I have my dad's masters' thesis project, which was a mostly tube-based phone dialer from 1962. All it did was dial, though: no actual communication. It is, as tube-based things tend to be, ENORMOUS and HOT.)

    11. jkl_cycle 76 months ago | reply

      ArtTeacher: those were called acoustic couplers. I had one of those at my first job - 300 baud, whoooo hooo.

    12. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 72 months ago | reply

      @BlastRadius -- I worked at Digi for a while shortly after the Mosaic days. If you ever saw Digi's "Etherlite" terminal servers I helped design that puppy.

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