List of Australian Modem Manufacturers

Where some were passionate about computer games, for me it was about communications. I’ve been working on a list of Australian modem manufacturers and I’ve copied that below.

I ran BBSs in the 80’s and eventually started an ISP in 1995. Looking back, it was a bit more Wayne’s World than I even gave it credit for at the time. There’s a blog post with some details about that and a picture of 40+ modems in a cupboard, over here.

Please reply if you know of others or have any modem stories to share. We especially enjoy seeing your modem photos: labels, lights, switches, ports, cases and cables. I’ll update this post from time to time to include new discoveries.

List of Australian Modem Manufacturers


  • Modem is branded with the name of an Australian company
  • Available for general purchase
  • Especially focused on:
    • analogue modems between 300 - 56000 bps
    • Dates from mid to late 1970’s (BBS) to 2000 (broadband internet transition)


  • Explore the story of each company
  • Differentiate models designed/made in Australia (especially 70’s and 80’s Australian manufacture)
  • Need a form for recording modem model details, eg speeds and other features, who it was designed by, country of manufacture, where and when it was sold
  • build an internet PSTN replacement


  • J N Almgren Pty Ltd
    • 16 Smith St, Chatswood, NSW
    • Modem models: Codex (6 models), AX(6 models), AS(4 models)
  • Applied Technology/Microbee Systems
    • BeeModem. First model was 300 baud only followed by a 1200/75 & 300 baud model. This was further followed by the Automodem. @ChickenMan
  • AusLinx
    • Aus.Linx International Pty. Ltd.
    • Kookaburra 33.6pc PCMCIA Fax/Modem, Kookaburra 56kbps PCMCIA Fax Modem
    • Redback 336e - Ext Voice-Speakerphone-P’n’P
    • Redback 336i - Int Voice-Speakerphone-P’n’P
    • Redback 336e - Ext Voice-Speakerphone
    • Tasmanian Devil 336ev - Ext Data-Fax-Voice P’n’P
    • Tasmanian Devil 336iv - Int Data-Fax-Voice - uses DIP switches
    • Tasmanian Devil 336ev - Ext Data-Fax-Voice
    • Tasmanian Devil 56ES, internal and external versions
  • Automatic Ice Company
    • 10 Smith Street, Charlestown, 2290, NSW
    • Apple IIe internal modem: circa 1985, 2400 baud, auto answer, auto dial
  • Avtek
    • Multi Modem
      • 1200bps, autoanswer, $229, Jan 1984
    • MegaPlus V.32bis Modem (CD950), 14.4 kbit/s
    • Mega Modem 1234
    • Mega Data/Fax Modem, CD900, 9600bps
    • Mega Modem 336 CD1066
    • FlashModem 288 V.34 - Macintosh Version
  • Banksia Technology
    • 25 Sirius Road, Lane Cove, NSW, 2006
    • Bit Blitzer 124E external modem. 2400 bps, auto-answer/dial
    • Bit Blitzer MX-4 modem 2.4k, V.22bis, V.22, V23, V.21
    • Mymodem (14.4k, …, 56k)
    • MyVoiceModem-336
    • PCM14.4F PCMCIA
    • BusinessCard336 - PCMCIA
    • Wave56-SP
  • Case Communication Systems Ltd
    • 10-12 Rodborough Rd, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086
    • Models: Case Quattro, RV228, SD1222, SB2426
  • Centre Industries
  • Commodore Business Machines P/L
    • Commodore 64 Viatel Modem - 300 and 1200/75 baud ( PAL SYSTEM )
  • Computer Technology
    • A Unit of Mayne Nickless Limited
    • 700 Series Acoustic Coupler
      • 1200 bps, manufactured in Australia, seen on eBay
  • Consolidated Electronics Limited
    • 15A Anderson Road, Thornbury, Victoria, 3071
    • There is a link between Consolidated Electronics and Rosser Communications, possibly reseller
    • CEI 2123AD Multistandard modem (1200 baud); built-in power supply.
  • Data Bridge Electronic Communication Pty Ltd
    • Suite 408, Henry Lawson Business Centre, Cary St, Drummoyne, NSW 2047
    • Models: DSP (four models)
  • Datacraft (Australia) Pty Ltd
    • Maroondah Hwy, Croydon, Vic, 3136
    • Quadcrafts (2400 bps, MNP3/4/5)
    • Models: 5xx (4 models), 5xxx (6), Concord V22, V22bis, V23 (7 models total) and 2 more
  • Dataplex Pty Ltd
    • John St, Lilydale, Vic, 3140
    • 234 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn, 3130, Australia
    • Member of AMMA - Australian Modem Manufacturers Association
    • TEL 424
    • Access 34. Model number: DPX-233-0. EBay listing
    • Dataplex 224 (2 models)
  • Datasat
    • 8 Lachlan St, Liverpool NSW 2170
    • Datasat V1275
    • Vtex (3 models)
  • Dick Smith Electronics
    • Dataphone 300 baud duplex modem
  • ElectroMedical Engineering, Melbourne, Victoria
    • Microtex 666 (300,75/1200): [ebay listing expired]
    • Sendata 700 series acoustic coupler/modem
    • Sendata TELXON 1200 AA.
  • George Parry & Assoociates
    • 60A Parry St, Cooks Hill, 2300
    • GPA SuperModem: 1200/75 baud smart modem, external, 1986
    • see @ChickenMan’s posting below for ad with full details
  • Interlink Electronics
  • Maestro Distributors, Kalool Street, South Kincumber, NSW
    • As seen on ebay listing: Maestro Supermodem For Apple II Computers Model AEM 4610. Made in Australia in 1986. 1200 baud. [ebay listing expired]
    • Maestro 2400XR
    • Maestro 9600XR: Fax and data, 1989
    • The “Woomera” modem was designed by Maestro to work on the worst Telstra lines available in particular the outback of nowhere.
  • Modem Research
    • Mitchell, ACT
    • Jetstream modems
  • Netcomm (Australia) Pty Ltd
    • Unit B, 25 Paul St, North Ryde, NSW
    • Modem (3 models)
    • Datalock (2)
    • In/Modem (5),
    • Trailblazer (2)
    • Modem 64/128 - early mid 80’s
    • Commodore C64 Viatel Adaptor - Commodore branded, V.23
    • V2123 NC35-C Modem. Seen on eBay: “Australian made NetComm modems housed in an acrylic tray, presumably for internal mounting within an Acorn BBC Model B Micro Computer”
    • AutoModem 2400 (AM1500), 2.4 kbit/s
    • Smartmodem: 1234, 1234SA (2400) - later mid 80’s. M11F - early 90’s
    • Roadster 288, AM3451, 33.6kbps
    • AM5066 RAVE3 USB 56K V.92 - 2000’s
  • The Nice Computer Company of Australia Pty Ltd
    • Suite 3, 41 Rawson St, Epping, NSW, 2121
    • The First Nice Modem
    • Commodore 64 modem “Designed and Manufactured in Western Australia”
    • V21, V23 (300, 1200/75)
    • Telecom approval: C85/37/1322
    • Models: Nice Modem 2, Modem 3, Inside 1, Inside 2
  • Pulsar Electronics
    • Catalina Drive, Tullamarine, Vic. 3043
    • Sam Modem (V.21,V.22,V.23)
  • Rosser Communications
  • Saruman
    • Modular Modem. 28800
    • see postings from @EdS and @Cefiar below
  • Scitec Communication Systems Ltd
    • 3 Apollo Place, Lane Cove, NSW 2066
    • Models: Business 2200, Business 2400, Business 2123, Business Tristar, Business Olympic
    • 67 Nicholson St, St Leonards, NSW, 2065
    • 11 Stamford Road, Oakleigh, 3166, VIC
    • 700 B /700 Series Acoustic Couple/Modem
    • Model 1070 - acoustic modem
    • Sendata Commodore™ Compatible Modem
    • 15 models listed in Communications World 1987_08, pg 31
    • @DigitalRampage
  • Shuttle Datacomm
    • 30/456 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3000
    • Models: Cicada 312, Shuttle (6 models), Race (4 models), Rally 9600
  • Simplecomputing Australia Pty Ltd
    • Simplemodem 24, 96 144f models
  • Swann
    • SwannSmart II Pro (pci)
    • Speed Demon 56k external modem
    • MacSurfer 56K external voice modem V.90
  • Spirit Electronics, Artarmon, NSW
    • Mike Boorne Electronics
    • Viper (28.8k), Cobra (33.6k), 560SP (56k), Voyager (128k ISDN BRI)
  • Telecorp Pty Ltd
    • 21 Tepok Rd, Terrey Hills, NSW, 2084
    • Fastcomm 96, Fastcomm Plus 2496
    • Tulpi Intelligent Modem
  • Unique Micro Design
    • UMD Model 241 “V-Link” Viatel Keyboard Modem Terminal


Research references

  • Austel - every modem was registered with Austel
  • Australian Modem Manufacturers’ Association (AMMA)
  • Old Windows driver repositories
  • ISP, BBS support and forum archives

Australian Modem Social History

  • Modem resurrection, ARN, 26 May, 1999, link

Totally need SENDATA from Oakleigh in Melbourne on the list :slight_smile:

Thanks for participating

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You can add Applied Technology/Microbee Systems for their BeeModem. First model was 300 baud only followed by a 1200/75 & 300 baud model. This was further followed by the Automodem.


Also need to include Avtek for their Multi Modem. See EA Jan 1984 for full review.




Those 40+ modems you had @podmo are Spirit Viper 28.8’s right? I still have mine from 96!


ACMS member Alex Rosser ran Rosser Communications. He gave the ACMS a whole bunch of modems recently.

When I have time I’d like to have a chat with Alex about those early days of Rosser Communications and their early products.

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Thanks everyone, especially with photos. The beemodem case and logo is an easy win for attractive tech of the time.
I’ve edited the first post to include them all on the list.

Has anyone heard of “The Nice Modem Company”? There is a reference on Whirlpool to them being an “Aussie [modem] manufacturer.”

Thank you Adrian, it warms my heart to know that one still exists!

One of my favourite experiences of running the ISP was crossing the valley, Willoughby to Artarmon, to see Mike at Mike Boorne Electronics to buy Spirit modems in bulk or just for the odd support call. He was always very friendly and helpful. I also recognised how lucky I was to have the manufacturer of the tools used in my business located just up the road.

Perhaps next time you pass it by, you could snap a photo and post it here please?

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Let me know where- I live in Naremburn or do you mean of the Spirit modem? I’ll do that no problems.

Here is my C64 Netcomm modem which connects via the User Port


And here is my Netcomm SmartModem 1234A (2400baud) originally used by the Microbee User Group (MBUG) in Melbourne back in the mid 80’s attached to their PC running the MBUG BBS.


My first modem was a Tulpi Intelligent Modem that had top rate of 300 bps full duplex. I later upgraded it to 1200/75 with a Hayes command set. It got hit by lightening at one point and needed repair but continued to provide service until I couldn’t stand it being so slow and I jumped on an Avtek 9600 which had a secret 12000 mode which could be used with other Avtek owners.

I kept my Tulpi and offered it to powerhouse museum but they didn’t get back to me so I recycled it within the last 10 years. Pity. I had the original box and docs.

I still have my Avtek and several Netcomm smartmodems from the late 80s. Want them?

Other company:
Automatic Ice had a 1200/75 card based modem for Apple II with slots.


:grinning: a photo of the Spirit Viper modem would be great. Perhaps down the track we can add location photos to these corporate profiles. Netcomm and Banksia were neighbours in Lane Cove

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This advert in Aust Personal Computer Aug 1985 says the TULPI Modem is designed and made in Australia.

That photo has left out the handset that was permanently attached. The handset was similar to the one pictured with the beemodem above.

Ask and you shall receive

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Bonus sendata modem pic

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Wow, that’s the one I remember. Not the prettiest modem but rock solid. Thanks for the photos. Do you mind if I use the Spirit Viper photo for my profile picture?