List of Australian Modem Manufacturers

Thanks for starting the year with a new manufacturer - I’m glad to add it to the list and hopefully we’ll see a few more turn up yet.

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I have this same unit, but when they became SENDATA branded. I wonder if SENDATA bought this brand or simply re-badged had Futretronics brand on their behalf?
Beware, my instructions have been partially eaten by paper lice!!

The Sendata’s were rebranded by a bunch of other companies, including Futuretronics.

I wrote to the GPO Box on the bottom of The First Nice Modem in 1993(?). Got a nice reply and a copy of the manual. Several former members of the University Computer Club were involved. I have the letter at my parents and will try and scan it in at some point.

I am chasing a copy of the associated software for it (particularly the Videotex client)

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That’s the sort of background context I was hoping to attract with my list in the first place. Thanks for the update and good luck with the archaeology

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Is this recently posted CatChat: Cicada 300 another one for the list?

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Cheers @EdS. I had a quick search and came up with an advertisement for the Cicada 300T. Made by, or at least available from, Centre Industries, I’ve added them to the list.

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It turns out we already had Centre Industries on the list for the Commodore modems. Looks like they had modems on the go under several brands, similar to the Electromedical Engineering/Sendata.

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I found an old pic of my spirit cobra 33600 at page 78 here

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I’ve still got my sprit viper. Great piece of tech at the time.

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I actually found the old spirit modems website

https://web.archive.org/web/20001203212500/http://www.spiritmodems.com.au:80/modems.htm

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Nice! There’s a history page:

Amongst MBE’s early projects was the development of the beeper device at traffic lights for the assistance of visually impaired people, (now deployed worldwide) followed shortly thereafter by a personal computer based text-to-speech synthesizer. The next step was modem technology, simplifying and automating the connection and interchange of data for personal computers, via the telephone line.

By 1991, with the Internet yet to cause an impact, high speed fax/modems had already become very popular and the industry fiercely competitive. At this time MBE sold its BIT modem business to the present day Banksia Technology in order to make way for a new Australian modem brand.

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Here’s a full-page ad for Modem Superstore from Your Computer (Australian), February 1996, page 47. It has prices for a good range of modems including Banksia, Netcomm, Avtek, Spirit and Maestro. The Spirit Viper external modem is priced at $499. When we started the ISP, a few months before this edition was published, Mike Boorne sold us our first batch of Spirit Vipers at $399.

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Hear is a list on Modems available in Australia back in 1987. You can also add the SAM MODEM from Pulsar to the list if its not already.

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Sorry, site doesnt allow a PDF ( :frowning: ) and converts A3 pages to the point they cant be read. So go to Page 29 at Communication World - 1986 to 1990 : Computerworld Pty Limited : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

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Nice list - 14 manufacturers (or perhaps some are only resellers?) in that table, with quite a few product lines and models. Direct link to first page and second page and third page. Some transcribing needed - the IA’s text version has missed a fair bit (search for Gillian Sidebottom to find the article.)

Here are my notes:
J N Almgren Pty, Smith St, Chatswood, NSW. Codex (6 models), AX, AS(5), AX(5)
Case Communication Systems Ltd, Rodborough Rd, Frenchs Forest, NSW. Case Quattro, RV228, SD1222, SB2426
Date Bridge Electronic Communication Pty, Cary St, Drummoyne, NSW. DSP (four models)
Datacraft (Australia) Pty, Maroondah Hwy, Croydon, Vic. 5xx (4 models), 5xxx (6), Concord V22, V22bis, V23 (7 models total) and 2 more
Dataplex Pty, John St, Lilydale, Vic. Dataplex (2 models)
Datasat, Lachlan St, Liverpool NSW. Dataset V1275, Vtex (3 models)
Netcomm (Australia) Pty, Paul St North, North Ryde, NSW. Modem (3 models), Automodem (5), Smartmodem (5+3), Datalock (2), In/Modem (5), Trailblazer (2)
The Nice Computer Company of Australia Pty, Rawson St, Epping, NSW. Nice Modem 2, Modem 3, Inside 1, Inside 2
Pulsar Electronics, Catalina Drive, Tullamarine, Vic. Sam Modem
Rosser Communications, Pacific Hwy, Pymbie, NSW. Cunningham CE DATA (3 models)
Scitec Communication Systems Ltd, Lane Cove NSW. Business 2200, 2400, 2123, Tristar, Olympic
Sendata Communications Pty, Nicholson St, St Leonards, NSW. 15 models
Shuttle Datacomm, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Cicada, Shuttle (6 models), Race (4), Rally
Telecorp Pty, Tepok Rd, Terrey Hills, NSW. Fastcomm 96, Fastcomm Plus 2496

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Thank you so much @ChickenMan for these links. I can’t believe so many manufacturers had gone unnoticed for so long - 6 new to the list. I’ve update the top post with all the new companies and added more details to others. Hopefully modems from these companies make their way to the museum too.

Kind thanks to @EdS, I mostly copy and pasted from your notes.
Also big belated kudos to Gillian Sidebottom for the well-researched article

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There’s an advert on the previous page, from Rosser, showing a stack of modems. I think that says Rosser was retail or distribution, without their own product. But I notice they labelled one modem CEL - maybe that’s another one? (Or maybe that’s already mentioned - forum a bit slow, so difficult to check.)

I’ve added the ability to upload up to 8mb PDFs. Maybe this will help

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Here is a later list of Modems available in Australia Dec 1988 with no mention if there are Australian made or just imports.
modems_cw_88_09.pdf (344.1 KB)

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