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I just bought a new computer with an internal 56k modem. My previous modem was a 14.4 and was quite slow on the Internet. However, my new modem doesn't seem all that much faster. My ISP only accepts 33K, but I usually connect at 19200 bps. I'm thinking of switching ISP to one who connects at 56k but my phone company told me that normal phone lines won't accept 56k and that I'd need an ISDN line. Is this true? Anything else I could do to connect at a higher speed?
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Here are some things to do for higher speed:

First, check your modem configuration settings on your computer. If your Dial-Up Networking is configured to connect at a maximum of 19.2, then you're not going to connect any faster, ever! So increase it to something higher, like 57.6 (you can get this with compression on your 33.6 modem).

Second, if that isn't the problem, call your ISP and ask if there is a high-speed access line (for 33.6, or even 28.8, modems). If not, then you can think about switching ISPs.

Third, yes, you can get 56k over a normal phone line, but it isn't common. About the best you can hope for is 33.6, or sometimes more with compression (for instance, I have a 3.36 modem, and with compression, I can connect at 57.6).

Don't, don't, DON'T go ISDN. It's not worth it.

--EbenBrooks
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It may be the problem of the phone line between your home and the phone company and you have no way to fix it.
I have a 33.6 modem, and I was able to connect at 3?K, but once I moved to a new apartment, I can never get anything more than 26K (with nothing changed).
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