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Can't Get Connection to 56K

Posted on 2000-03-02
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I can't get my connection to the internet to 56K, it will only go upto 44K. I have an external 56K modem, its on the right and fastest com-port, I have the exact modem drivers installed for it. I am with a ISP that supports 56K connection.
does anyone know an answer?
thanx,
Fudge
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by:RickHulshof
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The problem is with the phone lines.
When your modem first connects to theirs the modems do a handshake. (basically determining the fastest they can talk to each other without alot of errors) There is really nothing you can do other than try different ISP's to find one that will work - but even this won't guarantee a consistant connection at 56K
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by:fudgecube
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This is a very good answer, I would of accepted it, but I knew it was something to do with the phone lines. Whats wrong with the phone lines? is it static on the lines? poor line quality?
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The chances are you are on an analog line - you will never get a connection at 56 K on an analog line. Even with digital line you are susceptable to slower connections. Both the things you mentioned are correct - Many things affect your connect speed. It could be weather, which of the phone companieslines you got through their switching board. The biggest problem is the age of the lines- most of the lines we use are anywhere from 5-20 years old. At that time the quality required was not anywhere close to the standards that we require nowadays. I'm sure you've noticed that when you use the phone to call someone you've sometimes noticed a bit of static in the backround, or you can faintly hear another voice or tones from dialing. This we can decipher but a computer is much more affected by this sort of thing. Many lines just can't handle the high speed. - Hopefully this answers your question.
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