Why won't my modem go faster?

Question

Always connect at 36000 kbs. Don't believe I have an external line issue as I always connect. at that speed. I have a v.90 zoom. It seems to me since my speed doesn't really fluctuate much that the limit is a function of the modem. If that is the case (and lets assume it is) why won't my modem go faster?

I don't believe the modem is upgradeable to v.90 but is already v.90!

Answer

This question was answered on July 14, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Well, there are a couple of ways to look at your situation If you are using a standard dial up phone line to connect, nothing you do to the hardware can overcome an analog phone connection In order to get connection speeds of 40-48k, your connection between you and your ISP has to be digital The CO (Connecting Office) that your phone line is assigned to is most likely an older analog unit This is why many 56k modems only connect at 26 to 36k Modems don't really go any faster then when all of us had 14.4 connections You can just compress more information into one packet There are also limitations placed on a modems download speed set at 53kbps so you'll never really get a 56k connection

There are other connection products out there, the world of high speed connections is changing rapidly There is @Home, DSL, ADSL, Speedchoice, ISDN, etc. It'll cost you more but you decrease your download times by over 500% I is usually twice the price for between 50 and 100 times the speed!

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on July 14, 1999