Back in the 1980s, a modem was a modem.
But the more technology advances, the harder it is to keep all the aspects of those things which work together to provide the digital experience distinct in one's mind. This is especially difficult for the less savvy due to the fact that some equipment bundles more than one technology into a single box. (Blinking Lights, anyone?) Added later: Although now that I think about it even those modems had blinking lights.
Oddly enough, in my main activity in life, the subject of keeping different concepts distinct is equally challenging for the less studious.