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7 minutes ago, just that pc guy said:

yeah i got one question, why tf was dial up so loud

Because the tones were the method of communication...


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because it actually meant something?

 


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2 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

Because the tones were the method of communication...

wouldnt it make more sense to carry the tones throughout the pc straight to the wall without the need for that nonsense

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6 minutes ago, just that pc guy said:

wouldnt it make more sense to carry the tones throughout the pc straight to the wall without the need for that nonsense

no? because it had to go though the phone line?


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1 hour ago, just that pc guy said:

wouldnt it make more sense to carry the tones throughout the pc straight to the wall without the need for that nonsense

You needed a Modem.

 

AKA a MOdualtor, DEModuator.

A device that converted the sounds to data and vice versa, and allowed the transmission of data through the telephone wires.

Died off when coax cable lines became common, though of course FAX lines still are in use

 


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The volume for the modem speaker could be adjusted by either AT command or physical dial on external modems. Most people had the speaker turn off after connection was established. When I was working for a small ISP, the owner liked all the modems on full blast (about 30 modems).  He said it was "The sound of making money. " 

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I don't remember it being loud. Pretty silent compared to phone ringing. Or any other noises normal household made back in those days.


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On 5/17/2019 at 8:32 AM, just that pc guy said:

yeah i got one question, why tf was dial up so loud

Technically, the actual noise you heard wasn't required at all, since that noise was transmitted on the phone line itself. Most modems typically had an option to mute the speakers. It was mostly there just to let you know it was connecting and working.


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2 hours ago, dalekphalm said:

Technically, the actual noise you heard wasn't required at all, since that noise was transmitted on the phone line itself. Most modems typically had an option to mute the speakers. It was mostly there just to let you know it was connecting and working.

so if i wanted to know my pc was on the internet i needed my ears to bleed first lmao

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2 minutes ago, just that pc guy said:

so if i wanted to know my pc was on the internet i needed my ears to bleed first lmao

Short answer: Yes

 

It was a different time...

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