modulation fallback

When signals are transmitted from one modem to another, each modem interfaces at a specific speed. If one modem communicates at a faster rate than the modem at the other end, then the faster modem falls back to a slower modulation. For example, if a user connects to the Internet using a 14000-bps modem and attempts to download a file from a user who is connected to the Internet at 2400-bps, modulation fallback occurs and the two modems will only be able to communicate at the slower speed because that is the highest speed they have in common.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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