Man Connects to Internet with Ancient Modem [Video]

K.C. has the oldest piece of computer hardware I’ve ever seen–a modem from 1964-5, complete with finely crafted wooden case. It’s got a good 20 years on me, and it still works. The story goes like this:

Background: This modem was given to me ~1989 by the widow of a retired (IBM?) engineer. Computerhistory.org has a Model B dated 1965, and I’ve seen a ~1967 Model C written up in a magazine. (Interestingly, incorrectly identified as being only 110 baud.)

Even better than seeing it in a museum, I decide to hook the trusty Model A up and make it talk to something. After some trial and error, I manage to get it to talk to a terminal server at work and use it to connect to a linux box. It’s ALIVE! So, 45 years after it’s creation, this antique modem gets to send data to and from the modern Internet.

He describes the Model A and actually gets the thing to work in this video.

K.C. also ran a Q&A on his site, which you can read here.

[phreakmonkey]

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7 Responses to Man Connects to Internet with Ancient Modem [Video]

  1. Man I used to fawn over those old modems that attached to those old rotary dial phones, specifically those used by the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, in the mid 80's, even just from reading about them. I never got a taste of using one though, until just after the Internet became a public utility in the early 90's. And my first modem? A US Robotics Sportster 33.6k, which was state of the art at the time, just before the first 56k modems appeared.

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