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From the trade name of a product, the Hayes Smartmodem; from smart +‎ modem.


smartmodem (plural smartmodems)

  1. (computing) A modem controlled through a simple command language, rather than by manual switches.
    • 1989, Patrick R. Dewey, Email for Libraries
      Finally, some modems, and most smartmodems, come equipped with a row of status lights on the front of the modem, which make it easy to see what it is doing.
    • 1992, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, ‎American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Technical papers (page 259)
      In the previous section, we discussed the two basic types of modems, smartmodems and acoustic coupled modems. Remember that smartmodems require they be plugged directly into the phone line.
    • 2007, Tomaz Jarm, ‎Peter Kramar, ‎Anze Zupanic, 11th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2007 (page 16)
      The M2DM system comprised a Web access[sic], a CTI service based on an Interactive Voice response system and a smartmodem located at home. The Web pages were optimized for different access modalities, including mobile devices.