Broadband went down? Traveling with no access? Sometimes emergencies happen and you need to get online but you don't know how. All computers and laptops used to come with built-in dialup modems, they may not anymore but that doesn't mean you can't get one as a backup for internet access. Here are the basics of how to be prepared in case you are the one in need.
First check your system to see if a dialup modem is already installed. An easy way to check is to see if there is a telephone line port on the back of your desktop or on the back or side of your laptop. These typically are situated next to the ethernet or LAN port. Newer systems may only have an Ethernet port, such as the ones shown here.
There are even some very meta ’90 style commercials: for E Corp online with the notorious dial up modem tone, and for the movie “The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie”.