The fastest standard for traditional modems. Modems convert electronic signals from your computer into sound signals that can be transmitted over a phone line. 56kbps means that a modem is capable of receiving up to 56,000 bits of computer data each second.
A component of Windows that allows PCs to connect to the Internet using a modem and a telephone line.
A device that enables two computers to communicate with each other over a telephone line. A modem is usually needed to connect to the Internet.
RJ-11 (Registered Jack 11)
The type of small plug and socket used by modems to connect to a telephone socket. A converter plug is needed before an RJ-11 cable can be plugged into a standard UK telephone socket (RJ-11 is a US standard).