Ten Cool Modem Tools
Don't curse your modem: If it's giving you fits, get some
relief with the proper diagnostic program. Below you'll find a selection of the
ten most-downloaded modem tools from our FileWorld shareware library. With these
utilities you can configure your modem or peek into the inner workings of your
connections, getting a good idea of how your modem is performing and what you
can do to make it work better.
Doctor: This diagnostic utility gives your modem a check-up. The program
tests ports and IRQs and performs connection and handshake tests.
Get the lowdown on the throughput of your Internet connection; view the
information by clicking the modem icon NetMon places in Windows' system
Lamps: Use LinEx Lamps to display real-time information about your
modem's activities. The program supports internal modems and provides you
with much more information than status and duration of connection. It runs
from the system tray or a desktop menu.
Modem Status: A utility of many talents, Windows Modem Status provides
modem initialization information, logs incoming calls and connections, and
gives you status info plus a summary of communications settings in DOS and
Windows. It can also monitor the status and activity of your system's
Speed-Meter: This utility monitors the transaction speed of modems and
displays results graphically.
You can monitor activities on your modem and capture the data flowing in and
out--especially useful for making sure that personal information, such as a
credit-card number, is properly encoded before you send it.
The big disadvantage to internal modems is that they lack status lights.
With WinModem you can monitor your internal modem and display its
"lights" on your computer's screen.
When your internal modem jams, there's not much you can do except turn off
your computer--unless you have Comset, a program that does nothing more than
give your modem a swift kick in the port (okay, resets it).
Wizard: Use this DOS-based reporting tool to identify your COM ports and
IRQs and to get that fax modem installed correctly. Runs under DOS and
Windows 3.x, 95, 98, and NT.
Using this diagnostic software, you can determine which hardware IRQ
assignments are made for serial ports COM1, COM2, COM3, and COM4. It checks
the IRQ and tests whether the assignment is shared.
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