Years ago, Atari announced a 1200 baud. Hayes compatible modem that would be under $100 with a SIO port connector for XE and XL users and now the SX212 is finally out. ANALOG has been using the SX212 with a 130XE and 1040ST for the past month to comunicate with Delphi, and has found it to be a very usable modem. The SX212 has jacks on the back for hookup to both the standard Atari SIO port and an RS232 (DB22) connector for everyone else.
All of the modems commands are set by typing on your XE/XL, with a terminal program, while a real Hayes modem uses DIP switches inside the modem to set user options. The Atari modem is much easier to use. Inside the modem is a speaker, so you can hear the modem dial, and posibly receive a busy signal.
You will need a terminal program to use the SX212. Express! is a popular modem program that has been modified to work properly with the SX212. Another program, R-Verter is available from Atari dealers to allow your 850 interface to work with the SX212.
The SX212 has a suggested retail price of $119.95 and is available now.
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