wireless connection

Zak Johnson zakj at xmission.com
Sun Jun 4 22:28:56 MDT 2006

This is obviously very off the original topic, but it is interesting stuff.
The fiber connection through Utopia or IProvo enters a modem-like box, but
what is it doing if not encoding/decoding the data?


Levi Pearson wrote:
> Hans is correct; a DSL modem is a modem.  A cable modem is also a 
> modem.  Here's why:  Modem stands for MODulate-DEModulate, and 
> modulation is the process of changing the frequency, amplitude, and 
> phase of an analog signal in order to encode a digital signal.  Both 
> DSL and Cable internet are digital information carried through an 
> analog medium, so a modem is required on both ends.  I believe ISDN, 
> on the other hand, is transmitted digitally, as are most network 
> protocols that go over twisted pair or fiber.

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