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Tweaking your modem
Last Updated on March 28, 2000 by Thomas McGuire

Drivers

First of all, you should know what modem you are using. Right click on My computer then select Properties. Select the Device manager tab. Click on Modem to show the modem you have installed.

Next you need to get the latest drivers for your modem. Check your modem manufacturer for an updated driver. You should also flash your modem with the latest V90 code, if you have a V90 capable modem that is. You can find a list of manufacturers at Windrivers.

NOTE on Winmodems - Unfortunately there are no doubt, some of you out there that are using Winmodems. These are bad for many reasons (e.g. they increase CPU usage) & you should strongly consider purchasing a proper hardware modem. They can be tweaked to some extent though. Winmodem specific tweaks are mentioned where applicable. Thanks to Tim Proffer for this info.

Once you've installed the latest drivers/updates you can proceed onto the next step.

General

Right click on My computer then select Properties. Select the Device manager tab. Click on Modem to show what modem you have.

Bring up the modem properties by double clicking on it. Select the Modem tab. For users that have a 28.8/33.6K modem or a Winmodem (even if 56K/V90, this will minimize disconnections.) select the maximum speed as 57600. For users who have a 56K/V90 modem use 115200.

Next, select the Connection tab, & Port settings slide each of the bars to the right, it should look like as shown below.

Select Ok then, & go to Advanced. Tick the following boxes, Use error control, Compress data & Use flow control. Select the Hardware (RTS/CTS) for best results. If you have a Winmodem select Software (XON/XOFF).


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