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How Modems Work

        Tech | Connectivity

Introduction to How Modems Work

If you are reading this article on your computer at home, it probably arrived via modem.

In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll show you how a modem brings you Web pages. We'll start with the original 300-baud modems and progress all the way through to the ADSL configurations!

(Note: If you are unfamiliar with bits, bytes and the ASCII character codes, reading How Bits and Bytes Work will help make this article much clearer.)

Let's get started with a short recap of how the modem came to be.