Some time ago I went into a computer store and asked for a hardware internal modem. They sold me ESS ES56T-PI Data Fax Voice Modem (Model No': 2818), telling me it was what I asked for. Later, casually asking about ESS modems in another store they told me ESS DID NOT MAKE HARDWARE MODEMS AT ALL.
My question is, well, it's pretty obvious, isn't it?
ESS makes modem chipsets, obviously someone else actually manufactured the modem. Without more data, it's hard to say who... However, here's a place that appears to have drivers for them. ESS Modem Drivers
No, I have the driver for it (actually, I'm connected right now using this modem. Works fine ). The thing is, I think the owners of this store are not very honest. I want to know if they lied to me about this modem. They told me it was a hardware modem, and sold it to me for 25 bucks. I went to another store and there the salesman told me they sold the same model (ESS 2818) for 16 bucks, and that it was a software modem. I want to know who is telling the truth. You see, in my country, lying comes very natural to computer appliances stores salesmen.
The best way to tell in the future is to look at the system requirements, if it lists windows as a requirement then it does not have an onboard controller. If it says it will work with windows, dos, linux and other operating systems, it will have an onboard controller.
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