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Thread: Swann.....chip?




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    I have a swann speed demon modem
    & am trying to find out what chip they have
    and there performance

    model E210

    thanx

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    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
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    There are a couple of models depending on whether it is a blue or red one.
    Here's a link to the Swann product page:

    http://www.swann.com.au/products/mod...on/s_demon.htm
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    Visited swann
    solid red case of modem = rockwell .....i havent seen any of these

    Translucent case grey $ RED = ambient chipset

    WHAT is the diffrence in preformance between a ambient chip set compared to rockwell
    Clever packaging i thought i was getting the rockwell :(

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    The rockwell ones were the early models, they changed to ambient chips with the translucent red and then the blue/grey. I don't think there's any real performance difference. Swann have apparently optimised the firmware if the Speed Demon for Internet use, which makes them run well on the net but I have had major issues running them modem to modem like PC Anywhere.
    My Box:
    Intel Pentium 4 2.4C @ 2.7
    DFI 875P Lanparty
    512Mb Geil PC3500 Dual Channel (Cas 2-6-3-3 @450MHz DDR)
    Leadtek A280 Geforce4 4200 MyVIVO
    Audigy DE
    1 x 73Gb Seagate fibre channel 10krpm (boot drive) with LSI HBA
    1x80Gig Seagate Barracuda ATA V
    1x120Gig Western Digital 8mb cache
    Spiffy Antec Super Lanboy (LED fan and UV light)

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    ambient........rockwell
    is ambient a fancy way of saying generic
    "ambient" how do you relate this term to a modem chip?
    can i upgrade my firmware as my modem is a few years old
    and no CD ect. came with mine

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    Ambient Technologies is a spin-off of Intel Corporation.

    My friend has a Swann NetSlider II with an Ambient chipset, and it connects very nicely to his ISP (PowerUp) at 49,333bps. Unfortunately, no amount of tweaking could coax this modem to work with OptusNet. The modem did the usual handshaking sequence, tried v.90, then v.34 etc, but failed to connect on all the times I tried. Could it be something to do with the Cisco equipment that Optus use? :?:

    From what I can gather, the Ambient chips these days use no firmware - similar to the Conexant HCF modems, that are hardware based but the firmware is resident in memory instead of burned in ROM.

    Oh - and it would be very unlikely you would get a Rockwell branded modem these days - they changed their modem division's name to Conexant about 3 years ago :)
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    thankx Albinus

    yes my Speed Demon tries hard but poor line quality & 7 k's
    from the exchange
    modem 14k to 17kbps average
    throughput 1750 to 1950Bps av. so sloooooooow

    i have had my modem a long time
    i thought i was purchasing the Rockwell chip
    [SOLID RED= Rockwell TRANSLUCENT RED= ambient
    just looked solid reb on the box
    clever marketing dosnt always pay off
    i will be purchasing another modem but
    it Wont be a SWANN even though i am satisfied with it performance per $

    :shoot3: Hel$rtas lines & noisey exchange floors :mad:

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    It just may pay ya to invest in a WOOMERA then. ;)

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    :D :D Yes i was all set to lay out the Big $$ for a
    Woomera & the vendor said he had been getting similar
    results with the Xtreama $120 v $280 & he had both in stock.
    Had mad up my mind, now i gotta check out Xtreama

    pdv

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