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Dialup Hardware Requirements & Speed Expectations

This article will explain the hardware requirements for dialup internet, and what you should expect in terms of speed.

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Dialup speeds

If dialup was a person, it'd be settling down and starting a family by now (the technology first hit Australia in 1989!) so keep this in mind when it comes to your internet speeds. The standard speed for dialup is just 56kbps (compared to 1500kbps for ADSL broadband) but the speed may also be affected by the following:

  • The quality of your copper phone line
  • The quality and capability of your computer and dialup modem

If you're experiencing line noise on your Home Phone, this may affect your dialup performance. You should troubleshoot your Home Phone.

Hardware requirements

Computer

Your computer system should  meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 256MB RAM
  • 500MHz CPU or higher
  • Windows 98 operating system or later
  • 20GB hard drive

Unless your computer is over 13 years old, it's probably perfectly suitable for dialup.

Modem

The common issue these days is that computers are no longer manufactured with a  built-in dialup modem like they used to be. To use dialup, you'll need one of the following:

  • A computer with a built-in 56kbps dialup modem
  • An external 56kbps dialup modem to plug into your computer (commonly a USB plug)

You should be able to purchase one of these at a computer and/or electronics store.

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