This modem is a nice modem for when you have a new installation of an OS and you don't have any drivers for the one it your computer, mostly because its external, old (so it will most likley work on your new OS), and it connects with a port that is usually not used by anything else (which can be good and bad(the name of that port ecsapes me at the moment)). Now heres some pros and cons
1. A nice on/off switch.
2. Lights telling you whats going on, labeled AA, CD, RD, SD, TR, CS, ARQ/FAX.
3. 8 switches in the back to configure it the way you want it/need it.
4. Hardware volume control.
5. Compatible with pretty much any OS.
1. Its external and "cluncky".
2. Uses a 9V adapter that takes up a whole bunch of room if you using a power strip (this could be solved easy though).
I would recommend this to some one who is planning to or is, installing an OS and doesn't use there built in modem, or just doesn't have one. But I would rather recommend you just get high speed internet. If it isn't avaliable in your area I would recommend WildBlue sattelite internet (kind of expensive, but I would get it anyways, if you can afford it that is).