Dialup UK Article - Causes of Poor Performance in Dialup
The speed of a dial up connection is a common issue of debate
in the dial up connection users. Many users suffer from poor
performance of their dial up connection. There are various
issues can contribute to it. It is difficult for a common
user to troubleshoot for this kind of problems without proper
test equipment. However, they can take some steps that may
help them to get rid of the connection problems or to improve
the performance of their dial up connections.
In ideal conditions, you should consistently get speed as
high as 52k or 53K if you are using a 56k modem. If you are
consistently getting speed in this range then your dial up
connection is working well. On other hand, if you consistently
connect at lower speeds then there is a possibility that there
is problem with your dial up internet connection. In addition,
the modems can speed can rise and fall after the initial connection.
This rise and fall is dependant on the dial up connection
and the equipment used. This includes access numbers and the
hardware equipment used on both end. Here are some common
causes of poor performance in dial up connection…
You can begin with checking your access number. Always see
that your access number is truly local. You need to make sure
that you are not using access number that is forwarded to
a distant location. Many ISPs (Internet service providers)
use call-forwarding technology to extend their calling territories.
They usually lure customer with offers of free internet access.
However, this free internet access may not be good if the
speed of connection is poor. This is because the length of
the connection can seriously harm speed of your dial up connection.
The distance can degrade the signals that in tern lower your
dial up speed. You may use an access number that gives you
an online reading of connection quality or you my also counter
check with some well-known access numbers.
If the problem is not with the access number then it could
be with the hardware equipment on both sides. If your connection
is running slow then the possibility is that the problem is
in local wiring. Local line problems can occur due to faulty
or low quality wiring or the equipment used in wiring. In
addition, poor quality of phones, fax machines or the modem
itself can contribute in deteriorating dial up connection
Some modems may not work properly if they get hot. This can
commonly happen when you are using a laptop computer. In this
case, you can use a PCI modem card. To avoid heating problems,
you may disconnect the computer from AC power and run laptop
on battery. In general, it is wise to make sure that the modem
does not get too hot.
To check the quality of your phone line, you can check the
quality of your voice connections. After you connect, if you
hear cracking noises or hisses then you probably have a line
problem. If you have problem with your hardware equipment
then you may want to change then to get better performance
out of your dial up connection.