Originally Posted by andro101010
I'm happily running 10.6.5, but seeing the internet shut down over in Egypt made me realise that I no longer have dial up capability for such emergencies.
Has anyone tried a USB dial up model with any success from 10.6.5 that they could recommend?
Thanks in advance
There's no reason that any USB modem that works with Snow Leopard on a regular Mac won't work on a Dell Mini running Snow Leopard. I have three alternatives but the first two can't be tested right now on my Dell Mini because I don't have my dialup account info on it.
1. Apple USB modem. The driver is already in the operating system.
2. Best Data USB Modem. It's at least 6 years old with a Mac driver that old but works perfectly. The fact that it still works just as well as a newer Apple USB modem makes me believe that any USB modem that works on a Mac will work on a Dell Mini. I have both an Apple USB modem and this one and believe that this one works more consistently and a bit faster than the Apple USB modem.
3. Best alternative: Buy a used Apple Airport Base Station that has a dial up modem installed. That is guaranteed to work with any WiFi computer running Mac OSX and means you're not tied down to one location. I have all three of these listed alternatives and whenever my cable internet goes down I always use my Graphite Base Station for dialup access. This works fine on my Dell Mini--for that reason I don't have info on my Mini to use my USB modems.
As for as a dialup account to use for emergency purposes, I recommend FasterMac.net, owned by OtherWorldComputing. The annual cost is quite reasonable for an account that you probably won't use very much. I've had such an account for the past 5 years. I've only used it briefly on 6 or 7 occasions, but I feel that it's worth it for the peace of mind. Also, if you visit someone out of town who doesn't have high speed internet, it gives you an option because there are dialup access numbers for most places in the US.