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March 14, 2012 7:56:13 PM

Hey All,

I need a little help here. I'm not sure what I'm looking for actually exists, so here goes nothing...


I'm trying to find a low-profile (half-bracket) internal 56k dial-up modem, with 2 ports (in and out) that has a PCIe x1 interface.


It's for a small-profile Dell Optiplex 390, which has the choices of PCIe x1 and x16 for expansion slots. Dell sales "experts" said they don't carry a slimline dial-up modem for this PC.



If it doesn't exist, here's my next question: Would I be able to use a PCI modem with dual pin slots (like this one) in the PCIe x16 slot?

Thanks for the advice!

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March 14, 2012 8:58:16 PM

I don't know of any pcie modem with 2 ports.
Here's a half height USR modem that comes with the bracket you need.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can use a telephone line splitter to put a phone/fax on it if you want, just remember not to pick up the phone when the modem is in use.
Like this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Ziotek-RJ-11-Line-Splitter-6P6C/d...

edit - and by the way, no you cannot stick a pci card into a pcie slot. At least not without damaging things. <grin>
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March 15, 2012 1:07:27 PM

Thanks, sounds like what I might have to do.

I had my doubts about the PCI / PCIe interchangeability, I've just never been sure what the purpose of the 2 slots was in the PCI pins when there's only a place for one on the motherboard PCI expansion slot.
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March 15, 2012 7:25:47 PM

Do you need it to actually answer two phone lines? Because finding a low profile pcie modem with support for two lines will be very difficult. Most multiline cards are full height. There are USB modems available, do you have the option to use those instead? Then you are limited by usb ports/hubs.
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March 16, 2012 2:14:21 PM

ngoy said:
Do you need it to actually answer two phone lines? Because finding a low profile pcie modem with support for two lines will be very difficult. Most multiline cards are full height. There are USB modems available, do you have the option to use those instead? Then you are limited by usb ports/hubs.


Probably not, a line splitter will have to do. The modem is on the same line as a postage machine, I was just wondering if a 2-port, low-profile modem existed, which I think I'm realizing it does not.

Thanks for all the help everyone!
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March 16, 2012 2:14:40 PM

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