on June 11, 2001 by Toby
Crundwell & Thomas
select the Options tab. I would recommend you leave
the first option on, & unless you use the same details
for your OS as your ISP (not recommended) leave the latter
two options in Dialing options Unticked. The
second option is down to user preference. Set the time
between redials to 1 second, there is no real reason why it
should be anything more. Leave X.25 well enough alone unless
you need it.
If you can only have
64k on this line then the multiple devices section will be
blanked out. However if it is available to you, you are in
an optimal connection, set the option in multiple devices to
Dial all devices. This will always connect you at
128k, providing you have two devices enabled in the
“general” tab as mentioned earlier. 128 is nearly always
noticeably faster than 64k, & for most of you I would
recommend connecting at 128k all the time. However, this
also costs double the amount that a 64k connection does,
& as such some may want to be a bit more conservative
with this setting. Set it to Dial only first available
device to connect at 64k only. Windows 2000 has the
unique option of “bandwidth on demand”, which means you
will always connect at 64k, but windows can activate the
other ISDN line as necessary. In theory, it is an extremely
useful option, although I found in practice that windows
rarely activated the second line, as the speed of incoming
data from the internet changes dramatically all the time.
However I would recommend people try this option. To enable
it, select Dial devices only as needed. Click on Configure.
Here you can specify under what conditions windows should
dial up the second line.
would recommend using the settings I have here, although it
doesn’t matter too much what you specify. One thing I
would add though is that data flow rarely uses 100% (or even
95%) of the available bandwidth due to other constrictions.
Therefore, windows will not dialup the second line, even if
it would help.