XP much like ever other Windows Operating System offers several improvements
over the previous release (Most of the time) & Windows XP is no exception,
offering some nice updates to the Networking features. This guide will take you
through optimizing the performance, reliability & security of your Dial-up
connection in Windows XP as well as several other tips.
Internet Connection Setup
on Start, Control Panel, then Network Connections. Right
click on your Internet connection & select Properties. Then
select Configure button.
Users of 33.6K Modems should set this to 56700, while 56K Modem users
should select 115200.
hardware flow control.
Tick this setting to enable the use of hardware handshaking with
your connection. For best connection stability & throughput ensure this
setting is Ticked. Though in some (rare) cases you may find Unticking
this setting can improve connection stability (Uses Software flow control
modem error control.
Tick this setting to enable the use of Modem error control, which
will attempt to ensure data integrity in the connection, resending any damaged
packets as necessary. I’d highly recommend enabling this. There are
also Init strings available which can be used to disabled inefficient
error control components.
Data compression provides faster uploads/downloads depending on the data which
is getting compressed. Should you have a Winmodem then you can leave this
setting Unticked as these Modems do not support hardware compression. For
regular, hardware, modems Tick this setting to enable the Modem to
perform any data compression, which provides lower CPU usage over using software
compression. As a result I’d recommend Ticking this setting for best
Tick this setting to have a Pre-dial terminal session appear. If you need
to use this you’ll know. I can’t think of any modern ISP that would require
you to use something archaic like this, though some more advanced users might
use this to test the Modem. For everyone else just leave this Unticked.
modem speaker. Tick
this setting to enable the speaker on the Modem to emit sound. This is
fairly useful as you should be able to tell whether or not you can successfully
connect or not just by listening to the connection when being dialled up. Untick
this setting to mute the Modem’s speaker.
Ok & select the Networking tab.
of dial-up server I am calling.
Set this to PPP: Windows 95/98/NT4/2000, Internet unless your ISP has
informed you otherwise, which is unlikely.
select the Settings button.
LCP (Link Control Protocol) extensions provide a way
of establishing, configuring, maintaining, & terminating a PPP connection.
You should leave this setting Ticked unless you experiencing problems
connecting to your ISP as a result of its enabling.
Tick this setting to enable software (CPU) data compression for
your connection. This will provide faster uploads/downloads depending on the
data which is getting compressed. Should you have a Modem which can performance
compression in hardware then I’d recommend you leave this setting Unticked
& allow the Modem to perform any data compression – this should improve
system performance slightly as the CPU will not be required to perform a task
which can be done on separate, dedicated, hardware. Those would Winmodems should
Tick this for optimal upload/download speeds, albeit it at the cost of
some CPU cycles.
multi-link for single link connections.
You can leave this setting Tick unless you experience problems connecting
to your ISP (Error code 733 according to Microsoft), in which case Untick
Ok after you’ve made your changes.
the most efficient Internet connection you should Uninstall as many
unnecessary Clients/Services/Protocols as possible, e.g. Client for Microsoft
Networks & QoS Packet Scheduler. As you may have noticed from my
Dial-up connection only Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is installed.