I bought the modem for 2 reasons: everything was supposed to be faster (making the connection, downloading, etc) and the modem-on-hold feature. Comparing it with my 7-year-old generic modem, the connection time with the Blaster modem is only about a second faster. Downloads are definitely not faster, and may be slower; phone line conditions vary, so it’s impossible to say for sure. Definitely not enough speed advantage to make it worth the money!
The modem-on-hold feature is interesting; I’ve not seen any other modem that advertised outgoing modem-on-hold. I had the opportunity to try both the outgoing and incoming only once each. They worked fine, but they’re limited by the time limit the ISP imposes; in my case, 3.5 minutes per call. Caller ID worked also, on the incoming call.Here’s the real problem: Because I felt the download speeds were slower than my previous modem, I removed the Blaster and reinstalled my old modem. As soon as I tried to use the old modem, the computer went into reset. Removing the software and the drivers didn’t make any difference; the only way to start the computer was with no modem installed. With both modems out, I uninstalled drivers and the MOH software. Ran Norton Systemworks trying to clean up any left over mess. Tried everything I could think of, but as soon as I reinstalled my old modem and the driver for it, the computer went into reset. I finally had to use my backup software to restore the computer to the way it was before I installed the Blaster modem. Everything worked fine then, using my old modem.
Creative Labs: 7000000003079 Modem Blaster® V.92 PCI is an internal modem that incorporates the latest technology improving your dial-up experience and delivering web content faster than a typical V.90 modem. New V.44 compression and PCM Upstream offer quicker web browsing and up to 30% faster upload times. Modem Blaster V.92 PCI also features Quick Connect for shorter dial-up time, and has Modem-on-hold which pauses your Internet connection while you take or make phone calls.Optimize the time you spend on the Internet with Modem Blaster V.92 PCI.
Creative Labs Modem Blaster V.92 PCI (Internal DI5633)