01-26-2002, 12:35 PM
Hi! It's me again.
I've been rocking my head for quite a while with this one - how can I speed up my internet connection. I'm on 2k profesional and 56k dial up modem. My current connection speed is aprx 42,6k (it rarely rises up to 45) and my download speed is somewhere between 1.7kB/s and 3.5kB/s.
I have tried some excelerators I found on the net but none of them seems to do the job.
Iève been told that the connection is capable of something around 50+. Is this possible? How?
Any suggestion will be appreciated! (I can take a coffee break while opening the page)
Regards and best wishes!
01-26-2002, 12:41 PM
You cannot speed up the connection speed to faster than your hardware can handle. Buy a cable modem, it's way better.
01-26-2002, 12:58 PM
You can't just buy a cable modem and use it. You need to first sign up for Cable through your ISP, which in alot of cases isn't possible. Cable and DSL are the two cheapest, fastest connections meant for home use. If you can't get Cable, go for DSL and vice versa. There are advantages to both, but whatever you can get. I have had DSL for about a year and a half I think, and I really, really like it. :)
01-26-2002, 01:02 PM
The only disadvantage (that I can see) of cable is that your IP is static, meaning you've got to be extra careful of hackers.
01-26-2002, 01:07 PM
Thanx! I've been waiting for the cable connection for a year now (the problem is out cable provider - he provides the TV signal but no internet). He keeps promissing that he'll do it but nothing of it (probably not in my life time).
I was thinking about ISDN/ADSL but those things gets quite expencive here.
About DSL - what is that? Hever heard of. Can it be used on standard telephone line?
01-26-2002, 01:11 PM
ADSL is just a type of DSL connection. I have an ADSL connection, as do most people. Other types can get pretty expensive.
01-26-2002, 01:15 PM
Oh, I see. Thanx! So... no luck for me, eh?
01-26-2002, 01:36 PM
The fact that you have a 56k modem and that you get 42,6 to 45k
connect proves that your ISP has the equipment to theoretically
support 53-56k connections. Usually in this case, the real limiting
factor is the phone line quality. Even so, the maximum upload
speed won't get above 28,8k (it might report higher because of
compression in some situations.) You could try to bug your phone
company to check the line quality, but even here in the USA, I am
happy when I get a 48k connect. Someday, broadband will be
available to everyone, in the meantime, we get by with what we
01-27-2002, 04:02 PM
This might be of some use to you for a temporary fix:
if you scroll down a little you'll see "Load Web Pages Faster".
but if you do try this make sure you backup your registry.
01-27-2002, 04:40 PM
man u guys are lucky! i got a cable modem now, but back when i was a 56k-er the fastest i ever downloaded as about 2kbs. i remeber how happy i was. i think my brother got to 4 kbs before. you whould now belive how slow the browsing was. i get chilles thinking about those days again....
01-27-2002, 05:12 PM
I saved the page and I'll try it.
01-27-2002, 05:30 PM
Are you talking Kilobytes or Kilobits. The previously quoted figures are in Kilobits per second, which roughly equates to 3 or 4 Kilobytes per second.
01-28-2002, 03:54 AM
I get around 5.5kb/sec with my 56k modem, I don't complain. Broadband isn't available here in the country in any way shape or form (except satallite, but that sucks)
56k modem = 56kilobits, 8 bits in a byte, mean 7kilobytes/sec maximum speed, not that you'll ever get this over the internet with a 56k modem. Compression might fool you in to thinking it though :)
Incidentally, if you write a program to use the MSCOMM control to connect to a friend, you can usually push slightly more than 7kb/sec through the modem before it gives up, I wrote a program to transfer files between me and my friend at up to 9 kb/sec.
01-29-2002, 08:52 PM
hashir...I feel your pain..:) I am using Net Zero on as 33.3
the last time I saw such a slow connection was on a 286 at my school, I think they left it as some sort of historical thing..not really meant to be used..lol
01-29-2002, 09:48 PM
On a related note: for testing connection speed I'd recommend this site (http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/).
Also, for those who have DSL/Cable, I'd recommend taking a look at this link (http://cable-dsl.home.att.net/). For me it increased my connection speed by 137 Kbps.