on 56K modems and their speed
An article by Michael Woods, the Toledo Blade technology writer, describing
why 56K modems are not that fast is located here.
Why do I only connect at XXXXX bps ?
The connection speed reported is the INITIAL speed negotiated by the modems.
The real speed varies as the line quality improves or gets worse. A utility
such as Net.Medic can report the actual
data rates being achived. There is a free "demo" version available for download
Also the quality of the phone lines between your house and our server can effect
the data rates. It has been known to happen that data rates are reduced on rainy/windy
Typical data rates are in the high 40K's. There is no way to guarantee an actual
56K data rate, as in many things "Your Mileage May Vary".
It may be, too, that your modem driver needs updated. The two most popular modem
driver updates are for the LT Winmodems and the Rockwell HCF modems. Until these
drivers are updated, connections to the 56k lines are problematical. Click on
the links below to download a driver. Both drivers are self-installing. just
double- click on the file to install it once you've downloaded it to your computer.
Make sure that you have your Windows 95/98 disk handy. You will need it for
the driver upgrades.
- How can I check
to see if my phone line supports 56K ?
- Try the web site:
USRobotice 56k line test
Follow the directions given there to see if your phone line is clean enough
to handle the connection.
If it says your phoneline cannot handle 56K connections, then it will
not help to call the 56K modem pool. Also, your connection speeds will not
increase over the standard modem rates you have been getting if you have
just purchased a 56K modem.
- What are the
access numbers for 56K service?
All of the WCNet's dialup points are now 56K capable. Please see the phone
numbers page for more information.
Rockwell HCF Driver
LT Winmodem Driver
What Protocols Are Supported?
Where can I learn
more about V.90/56K modems?
Currently we support V.90 and V.92.
You may also try the newsgroup: comp.dcom.modems