testing was based upon uploading/downloading a 200k file to
our server's FTP folder. The Call Waiting modem uploaded at
approximately 6.1k sec, and downloaded at around 6.8k per second.
Overall, performance was on par with most other 56k modems on
the market today. The Creative Labs modem blaster 56k came in
second while uploading at 5.8k sec, and downloading the 200k
file at 6.1k per second. Evidently the Actiontec call waiting
modem was not mired performance wise by having the call waiting
feature built in.
testing the call-waiting feature on the modem, I can safely
say I got pretty decent results. After doing a series of "calling
myself" (not like that you freak!) tests to evaluate the modem's
call waiting feature, the call waiting feature worked nearly
every time, except when I had somebody call me from a cell phone.
Every time they called they kept getting a busy signal, very
peculiar. Whether this was my local phone carrier's fault, or
the Actiontec modem, I don't know. The only grudge I hold against
this modem is the fact that you only have 7 seconds to talk
before being cut-off. This is a very short amount of time, and
barely enough to see who it is, and deciding if you want to
either talk or hang up on the person (for me this is the case
100% of the time I get a telemarketer saying: "hello, Mr. Wissman"
in a very monotone voice.
this review short and sweet, I managed to give this modem a
8.5/10 for performance. While the call-waiting feature worked,
it didn't seem to work 100% of the time, which can be a bummer.
I would have really liked to be able to chat on the phone for
a longer period of time. Retailing for a little over $100 street,
this modem is much more expensive then most bargain bin 56k
modems that can be had for as little as $20. I would definitely
recommend this modem to any poor soul who is still dialing up
their service provider through a single phone line, and would
like to receive calls (that knocks out about 50% of us who can't
stand talking on the phone, including me :) ).
- 7.0 Performance - 8.5
Overall - 8.0