Dialup UK Article - Improving Performance of Dialup Connection
The dial up connection is one of the most used internet access
options. Dialup connection technology enables data transfer
through a modem and ordinary telephone line. The features
of internet were very different then what we can see now days.
It did not have websites with the attractive look and feel
and high-resolution graphics it has now. The usage and number
of udders were also limited. However, in last two decades
the world of internet has grown with leaps and bounds. The
amount of the data transfer has increased significantly. In
the current circumstances, it is obvious that many dial up
internet users do not find their internet connection speed
sufficient for their needs. Some other dialup users also suffer
from the poor performance of their dial up connection due
to various issues.
Speed of dialup connection also depends on the particular
connection and the equipment used. At the time of initial
connection, some modems may connect at an ordinary speed and
then quickly speed up. On other end, some other may connect
at an impressive speed initially but it may go down on speed
soon and lose performance eventually. This surge and fall
is quite common in the dial up connections. If you consistently
get around 90% to 95% of the generic data transfer capacity
of your modem then you are doing well. In this case, there
may not be much that you can do to improve on speed. This
is because it is not possible to achieve the 100% of speed
on most phone circuits. There are some tricks that you can
use to get rid of these issues. These tricks may also help
you to increase the speed of the dial up connection.
If your connection is running slow then the problem may be
in your principle line wiring. You may test your premises
by disconnecting all your premises wiring and equipment from
the incoming and hooking your modem directly to it. If your
dialup connection speed improves then you have a premises
problem. You will need to isolate the problematic part of
the wiring and get it fixed. You may be able to get your phone
company to improve the quality of your line.
Some other equipment like surge suppressors and noise filters
can add to your connection problems. These gadgets are supposed
to help in improving quality of connection but they may end
up deteriorating it. If you have your modem connected to the
phone line through a surge suppresser, try to connect it without
the surge suppresser. This is because many surge suppressers
do interfere with modem communications and limit their speed.
Noise filters are used to filter the extra noise in the line.
However, the fact is that most of the modems already have
the filtering it can use. A common add on filter may not contribute
to improve the performance. Nevertheless, it may well make
things worse. Try to isolate these equipments and then connect
your modem your speed may improve.
Finally, see that your “local” access number
is genuinely local and try to use some other well-known access
numbers. This will help you to know whether the problem is
at your end or the other end of the connection.