The Internet: Whats the Fuss?

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Most people on the Internet have connected using a modem. A modem is an electronic device that can take binary digits and transfer those electronic signals into sounds of two different pitches. This allows pictures, text, video, and other forms of computer information to travel across phone (analog) lines. A modem can also decode these pitches back into binary digits (or electronic signals). Each digit (or signal) is referred to as a bit. Most modems sold today transfer bits at a rate of either 28,800 bps (bits per second) or 33,600 bps .

Note: When two modems are connected, the lower speed of the two modems is the speed at which the two computers communicate.

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