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Tweaking your modem
Last Updated on September 18, 2000 by Thomas McGuire - Page 3/10


Once the value is discovered click on Start, Run, type in regedit & hit Enter. Open the following registry key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\ Services\VxD\MSTCP].

Right click in the right hand pane. Select New & String value. Make 2, one called DefaultRcvWindow & the other DefaultTTL. Once they have been created right click on each of them select Modify. For DefaultTTL I'd recommend selecting 32 or 64, if you cannot reach a server with 64 hops it is futile to waste anymore on trying. For DefaultRcvWindow I suggest using MTU-40 * 3. Ideally the factor of multiplication should result in MTU 3 * X = Connect speed/10 or thereabouts, e.g. In my case that is 1500-40 * 3 = 45333/10. 4380 = 4533.

Now change the MTU & TTL (Maximum segment size, or MSS is not settable in Windows Me, it is automatically determined by your MTU so don't waste time needlessly setting it). Take the following steps. NOTE If you only have a single modem in your PC, i.e. No Ethernet card installed in your machine also, then you can skip to Step 5 as there should only be one key(s) available, 0000.

1.    You have to find the details of your Dial-Up Adapter.

2.    Find the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum\Root\Net\000x] & within there will be one or more sub-keys such as 0000, 0001, etc.

3.    Open each key & find the one that contains the value of DeviceDesc equal to Dial-Up Adapter.

4.    Within that key there will also be another sub-key named Bindings. Open the Bindings sub-key & you will find a string named MSTCP\000x. Take note of the four-digit number after MSTCP\ (in this case 0000) & use it in the next step.

5.    Now go to the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Enum\Network\MSTCP\000x] & expand the sub-key with the same four-digit number as from the previous step.

6.    In this key you will find a value called Driver & there will be an entry entitled NetTrans\000x. Take note of the four-digit number & use it in the next step.

7.    Now open  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\ Class\NetTrans\000x]. Expand the key with the value equal to the four-digit number from the previous step.

8.    Within this key create a new string value named MaxMTU & set it to your MTU (e.g. 1500), which you discovered in the MTU, TTL & DefaultRcvWindow section.

9.    Next go into [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\ Class\Net\
, in here you will find entries for Automatic, Large, Medium & Small. Right click in the right hand side of the box & make a New String Value equal to your MTU e.g.
1500, right click on this new entry & select modify, type in Automatic then click Ok. Delete all the other values there, e.g. Large - Small & the other Automatic (if any).

10. Now open [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\ Class\Net\000x]. Right click on IPMTU & select modify, change this value to whatever your current MTU you (e.g. 1500).

11. Go into [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\
, change the default value to your current MTU (e.g. 1500).

12.  Exit the registry & restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

You can change the settings as necessary.

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