27 Apr '14, 5pm

Hackaday Retro Edition: Hackadaying At 300 Baud

Hackaday Retro Edition: Hackadaying At 300 Baud

For a bottom of the barrel website like our retro edition , there’s little reason to have a fast Internet connection. Even the fastest hands in the land can barely type faster than 300 baud. The problem with low-speed connections is the overhead involved, as [Pierre] discovered when he dug out an acoustic modem from the ’80s and loaded up our retro site. While this isn’t the first modem ever made – that’s 1960s tech – but it does operate at the same speed – 300 bits per second, or slower than you reading this sentence. [Pierre] stuck a desk phone into the modem’s cups, plugged it in to a phone line simulator, and connected to a Raspberry Pi equipped with another modem. From there, it was pretty easy to set up a terminal at 300 baud. A serial connection isn’t a connection to the Internet, however, and at 300 baud, PPP is nearly impossible. The overhead of encapsulating pack...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/04/27/hackaday-retro-edition-hac...

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