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modem

 [mo´dem]
a hardware device that converts digital signals from a computer or computer terminal to and from analog signals for transmission along communication lines.

modem

[mō′dəm]
abbreviation for modulate/demodulate. It is a device for transforming serial binary numbers into an audible tone, and vice versa, for transmission over a telephone line to another computer.

modem

Informatics
A device that converts digital data into analogue data for transmission by telephone via copper cable lines.

modem

Modulator/demodulator Online An acoustic coupling device that converts a computer's digital signals to analog signals, allowing transmission of data through standard telephone lines. See Cable modem, Codec.

modem,

n (modulator/demodulator), a device that converts data from a form compatible with computer manipulation to a form compatible with transmission equipment and vice versa.
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Since the late 1980s and 1990s, laboratory specialists used remote monitoring through telephone modems to check on the progress of features such as data acquisition.
When ACPE first began InterAct distance education courses over four years ago, the vast majority of our members were still connecting to the Internet by telephone modems, and CD-Roms were just becoming standard equipment on new computers for the home.
At 1 Mbps, Bluetooth plays in the same ballpark as today's cable- and DSL telephone modems.
But telephone modems cannot fill the high-speed service void created by the loss of IA-7.
The cable companies oppose regulations that would dictate how they provide Internet access at speeds far greater than telephone modems.