Solved How is External dial-up modem installed?

October 8, 2016 at 22:24:34
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
I was given a Dell XPS L502X laptop with Windows 8.1. It works fine, but does not have a dial-up modem. High speed internet is a bit pricy for my wallet, costing about 2 1/2 times or more than dial-up. How is an external dial-up modem installed? Can it just be plugged into a USB port and be ready to go after setting it up? Do I need to install software? I also have a Compaq desktop which has a dial-up modem and is what I am using to write this. If I buy an external modem for the laptop, can I plug the modem into the laptop, then unplug the phone plug from the back of the desktop and plug it into the laptop? In other words, what is involved in installing an external dial-up modem on the laptop.

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October 9, 2016 at 00:50:21
To answer the question re' the phone line...

That phone line can be used with any dial up modem - but only one modem a time can be "active".

How to install/connect a usb modem?

Such kit will come with a setup disk and manual (or ought to). Your prime issue though is whether or not they will be compatible with the OS on the computer involved.

A kwik look-see (Google trawl) seems to find some that are OK upto win-7, but no mention of win-8; although a deeper trawl may find them.

edited per trvlr - to correct typos

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October 9, 2016 at 07:52:36
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Here's an inexpensive U.S. Robotics unit that supports Win8. It's plug-n-play so it should be easy to setup. All you'll have to do is follow the instructions.

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October 9, 2016 at 17:59:36
Will it also work with Windows 8.1 or just Windows 8?

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October 10, 2016 at 00:13:34

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