Is it really a 28.8?

I have a crappy 28.8 modem right now, but I see that it's upload/download speed is about 1.24 to 2.50 kb/s. The fastest I've ever seen it was at a "blazing" speed of about 5.21 kb/s. Why is it that way, I mean why can't it actually go at speeds of at least 20 kb/s, or it's max of 28.8 kb/s??? Is there a way to increase it's speed?
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You have two issues.

1) Is it really a 28.8 modem?  Probably under iseal consitions.

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You are wondering at the downlad showing 1.2-2.5 kbs.
Well this is kilo BYTES per second.Now let us see how this compares to the actual speed of the modem.
If the modem is rated at 28.8k, this is 28.8 kilo BITS per second. Since 8 bits make a byte, and in communication between two modems, there is normally 1 bit extra at the start of the information being sent and 1 bit extra at the end, then it can safely be calculated that on the Internet, to compare the modem speed to the actual speed shown when downloading, Multiply the speed shown by 10.
A 28.8k modem will hardly show above 2.8kbs even under ideal conditions.
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ben82584-Is there an echo in here?
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