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56k Dialup Modem Getting Slower & S-l-o-w-e-r


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#1 LonesomeBird

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 06:40 AM

Posted this on the internet forum as well....

I have WinXP.

My modem just starts to slow down.

Connection speeds go from 48K - 52K, then usually after 12 - 18 months it drops to 18K-26K, then within weeks it drops even lower 4.9K-9.2K. They never get faster.....

I query the modem, change my phone cords, reinstall the ISP software and nothing helps. The only cure is to get a new modem ($30-$50 cost.)

Connection speed then returns to 48K-52K. Until the problem repeats itself. I am on my 4th U.S. Robotics modem and again by replacing the modem the connection speed is "good" (as dial-up can be) again but I would love to solve this mystery......

I will mention I am surge protected and before buying a new modem I reinstalled the older modems and they were still slow. Any ideas?

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:56 AM

Possible spyware, adaware, phoneline being hijacked by hackers?? Does your computer suffer from slowdown?
If all else fails, hit the reset button.
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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:57 AM

Try updating the driver, maybe
http://www.usr.com/support
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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:29 PM

Sounds to me like your voltages are a bit high in the phone line. Normally this should be -48VDC. I would recommend a multimeter to check the 2 wire setup. if the voltages are consistently to high, talk to the phone company.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:25 AM

Dunno if this will help - but try running a cord (yes, a very, very long one) from the line where it enters the house to the PC. Do this after the lag increases to see if it's the lines within the house that are causing the issue.

Had a similar issue with my cable internet when I first set it up - and the cord thingie proved that it was the connections inside of the house.

Edited by usasma, 25 August 2007 - 07:26 AM.

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 11:08 AM

Could it be your ISP, worth trying a pay as you go / free ISP that offers dialup?
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