Peripheral compatibility question

KiT

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I searched the net but did not find a definite answer to my question, so I'll post it here.

Is it possible to connect a PAL 33.6k modem - or for that matter any "foreign" peripheral - to a so-called "corean" Dreamcast (i.e. Japanese DC w/o modem)? Or do I risk smoking either? That is to say, are they electrically compatible?

Thanks in advance for any precious hints.
 

Agent21KGB

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I would say modem is a modem is a modem but japan is on a totally different electrical system. Naturally telephone lines also work with that system. You have a chance of frying it but i have never heard of someone frying one.
 

KiT

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Well, since it's my buddy's 33.6k I'm about to connect, I sorta need to know for sure I'm not risking his hardware.
 
bba's definitely would be, since it connects to ethernet which is a worldwide standard anyway

modems im sure are ok the dc wont fry it anyway, the only risk would be if you plugged it into a jap phoneline, if they were different (which im sure they arent anyway) since the modem/phone voltage will be exactly the same regardless of what your connecting it to (its the phone system not the electrical system they connect to, which uses ~50v anywhere in the world afaik)
 

KiT

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The issue with the lightgun is probably due to the difference in video refresh frequency.

Anyway, since the modem is PAL and the phone line I'm using is european, I suppose I won't have issues connecting the modem to the line. I was afraid though that the DC peripheral connector was subject to country restrictions.

In an early FAQ I read it says PAL/US and JAP modems are not compatible because the JAP modem software requires registration with a japanese-only free dial.

Well, since I can get hold of a PAL DreamKey for a test (or go for the homebrewn F.I.S.A.), that's probably not an issue either.

I'll try and see what happens.

Again, thanks everybody for your submissions.
 
1 other point since you mention dreamkey

you need dreamkey 3.0 now, 1.5 or 1 wont work at all any more unfortunately (the dial up number used by them isnt valid anymore)
 

daffy duck

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they are all the same apart from the connectors

ie phone line ones

as i have a us dc and took he modem out and put it in a pal dc and it worked fine

just the cable thats all to your phone line
 

KiT

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Thanks people for all the invaluable feedback.

I'm definitely going to try this.

Now, if only I could get hold of that friend of mine... must have gone on holiday.
 
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