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The issues discussed here often overlook the very basic things you need to get a modem connection - if youve never used a modem or you are doing a new installation you may want to seek more basic help and troubleshooting information first There are MANY factors that affect modem connection speed A 336 modem will rarely get 336 connections it requires a very clean line and clean routing to the server modem 288 and 264 are more common Similarly a 56k modem will rarely get 56k - most people are getting 42-493k a lucky few are getting rates in the low to mid-50s The large group that is getting no 56k or rates below 40k is the focus here Low 40k rates can indicate a digital impairment that is not correctly compensated for by modem firmware It can also be related to the quality of your modem and premises telephone wiring Other devices phones answering machines fax etc plugged in to the same line even though not in use can also cause lower speeds If the impairment is at the ISP or specific to the routing to that ISP you may be able to get higher rates calling other s ISPs And problems can also be related to the type of equipment and firmware in the modems you are calling The way many of us use modems has changed dramatically in the last few years Today the vast majority of our connections are to a single local ISP access number as opposed to calling many local and toll BBS and information providers Effective troubleshooting must isolate the problem and part of my approach calls for checking connections with as many servers as possible As used herein 56k refers to dial-up modems operating faster than v34 rates V34 allows up to 336k connections although 336 is rare 288 is the more common maximum you will get with v34 The lowest Flex x2 and V90 rate
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