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Posted on 1998-02-15
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I have a 33.6K modem but I can only connect at a 28.8. Is it my internet service provider? I will be buying a 56K modem soon but I think it would be pointless if the highest connection is 28.8.

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There are many factors.. where you live, what your ISP uses, and other things too!

first of all, 90% of the places DO NOT HAVE HIGH ENOUGH LINE QUALITY FOR ANYTHING ABOVE 33.6.  sometimes with a 56K you can get in between, like 43 somehting(don't know the exact #),m bur throughtout the midwestern US there is no alternative except to get a digital line(ISDN or cablemodem).

another thing effecting connection speed is line qualtiy.  the better your line quality, the faster your modem connects, and with poor lines, even though your modem might SAY it's connected at 33.6 or 28.8 it maight actually only be transmitting a 1.4Kps instead of 2.8 or 3.  of course, actuall speeds instead of connection speeds are also determined by the remote server and your ISP.

finnally, if you ISP is cheap or out-of-date, and they only have 28.8 modems or 33.6 modems, then you're screwed no matter how good your modem or line is.  call them and ask, it's worth it....

also, some modems need special init strings to achive certan speeds, or if they have certain strings they won't connect at the max.  if you suspect this is the problem, tell me your modem type and i'll see what i can do.  

if you need more info, let me know, HOPE THIS HELPS<
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Thanks for your help!! I think I'll contact my modem provider...

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