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33.3k WTF?

By JamesPromIII
Nov 20, 2008
  1. I just noticed something disturbing, I was on my laptop using another connection and it says it connects at 48.8k when I went to my desktop and signed on the highest I can get to is 33.3 why is this? My modem is a PCTEL Platinum V.90, if i'm going to use dialup I want it to be at least the best it can be and another thing i'm talking about the same service on the same account (Juno).
     
  2. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 189

    The voice portion of a phone line is VERY limiting. I'd be surprised if you ACTUALLY were getting 33.3.....
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Wow this would have to be one of the last type of these questions
    56K went out a long time ago
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Try and find the latest drivers for your dial up modem. I've seen this happen before, sometimes a different (usually newer is better) driver for the specific modem will help with connection speeds.
     
  5. hrlow2

    hrlow2 TS Rookie Posts: 136

    When I was on dial-up, I would have loved 33.3K. I was paying for 56K but average speeds shown were 21.2-24.7K. Download speeds were 1.2-1.9K
     
  6. Badfinger

    Badfinger TS Rookie Posts: 155

    Dialup? OUCH!
    I haven't used a modem to dialup hmmmmm in 12 years or so, no LAN line for about 6 years.
    Line quality varies greatly, get broadband if possible.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    No need to pester the user about getting broadband, as hard as it is for a lot of you to believe, there are still places in the US where broadband is not available. Satellite sure, but latency is terrible, speeds suck, and prices are outrageous.

    My parents live 6 miles outside a town of 2000. I wouldn't be surprised if it took another 10 years before they get it, and even at that point, what would it be? DSL needs a box within what 5km? Cable companies sure as hell aren't going to run a line 6 miles outside of a small town to feed the maybe 30 people that live between my parent's house and town. It will take a new technology for broadband before my parents get it.
     
  8. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    I still occasionally use a dial-up connection. It is in the sole instance in which I am in a hotel that does not offer some form of broadband connection or it is not working. I have also used as a back up when the cable connection is down. Both are rare events these days, but still happen. Of course, the most that I will do in those situations is check email, for the most part.
     
  9. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    I use Dial Up at home. I can't afford Cable and AT$T don't offer DSL out my house.

    I usually get approximately 44.2k, while my DL speed is actually 2.5-5.0k.

    I know that my modem sucks, too, though, and my drivers aren't the best, so I'd say if I got a better modem, I may get the reported 48k from my neighbors.
     
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