Question on dialup speed

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by the Tester, Aug 5, 2003.

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  1. the Tester

    the Tester Registered Member

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    Hi.
    I hope that someone can explain a few things to me
    about my dialup connection.

    I have a 56k modem on my XP home pc.
    When I mouse over my connection icon in the tray I get speed:45.2Kbps.

    I have read that a 56k modem is capable of 53Kbps.
    I figure that 45.2Kbps is the max for me because of my ISP's hardware/abilities.
    Is that correct?

    What should I reasonably expect from an accelerator for dialup connection?
    I'm not looking at using a DNS tool/service that has a seperate site.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas or info.
     
  2. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

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    Hey,

    The modem connection speed will vary with a number of factors

    1. Quality of the physical lines (and house wiring)
    2. Distance to central switch
    3. Numbers of splits (taps) between your home and the central switch

    and probably a few others but the above three dominate.

    Somepeople will consistently get as little as ~20Kb even though they have a perfectly good 56K modem and the ISP has excellent equipment.

    HTH,

    Dan
     
  3. LowWaterMark

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    When I was on 56KB dialup, (a total of about a two year period from home, plus many years of using a company laptop, dialing in from all over the place), I considered a good connection anything from 44,000 to 48,000. I never got faster, though sometimes a stable 40,000 wasn't too bad if the alternative was a faster connect (like 48,000) but with frequent hangups. The speed you are quoting is not bad from my experience, though I do know people who always seem to hit the high-end even though I never did.
     
  4. the Tester

    the Tester Registered Member

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    Thanks for the response and moving my post to the proper category Dan.

    I was in the mid 30s on speed tests.

    I've been checking out dialup accelerators for almost a week and that's why I asked about this.

    For whatever reason connection speed is the "thing" that I got hooked on this week. ;)

    LWM.
    That answers my question.
    I think the rate that I got with NitroXP is the best that I can get with my ISP(41.64 hi end avg 40+).
    It beats what I had.
    DSL etc.. is super $$$ here and I figured if I can improve on what I have it would save me some cash.
     
  5. solarpowered candle

    solarpowered candle Registered Member

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    Im in a sleepy off the beat coastal town and on dial up with 57k modem. I get 46667 at the mo . I changed ip companies a few weeks back because of the price diffirence . We now have some good compitition. It takes me a little longer to initially sign in when i first crank up the pc but there is no diffirence in usage of the net speed
     
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