internal modem boost

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by public enemy, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. public enemy macrumors regular

    public enemy

    Jun 7, 2005
    i guess this is an all over question regarding dial up internet on my ibook. first off i am trying to squeeze all that i can out of dial up that i am using (netzero)- i'm just in school, and highspeed is way to much around here. so i tried using modem boosters such as onspeed and proxyconn- which say dsl like speeds! bs! upon reading some things about these services, they say you should disable your firewall, change proxy settings and so forth. all i'm trying to do is make the most of this 56k dial up. i fully understand dial is slow, but is there any way to 'speed' up my connection by tweaking or using some type of modem booster app?? any help would be great. thanx!
  2. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Any company who claims they have a modem booster that can improve your dial up speeds is full of crap. Sorry.
  3. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    All those speeder-uppers are on crak.......

    the only thing they do is compress the signals so that heavy web pages appear to load reality it's just a clever facade to get you to pay more money, for nothing.....

    Last time I looked, ANALOG phone lines and modems are limited by their extremely narrow bandwidth & signal capacity, and NO software in this universe can change that :D
  4. TMA macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2003
    I used to play about with 'tweaking' my connection back in my dial up days. Though things might have changed since then.

    Some of the tweaks I remember:

    - Using FreePPP software instead of OS 9's built in dialup software. (no longer applicable in OS X)
    - Trial and error with different modem scripts. Some are manufacturer specific, but some are more general and may work better/worse.
    - If you're on a noisy line it can be better to connect with a slower modem script, as if you had a 33.6k modem.
    - Play about with different browsers and browser settings. There is a trick to get Safari to start displaying a page sooner at the expense of a slighter longer rendering time (might be more useful to do this on dialup than broadband) See the last tip.
    - Onspeed and the like, can help a little bit but i've always been suspicious of these systems. Don't believe the figures they quote you.
    - Monitor your actual connection rate. Not sure where this figure will be but whenever you 'dial up', a connection rate will be established. If it's quite far off 56k it might be worth checking your modem cable, extension cable and general phone line wiring. Also ask your phone provider if they can measure the lines performance - It may be possible for them to increase gain/'tune up' the voice line, therefore providing better connection speeds.
    - Your built in modem may be 56k but is it v.90 or v.92 ? As far as I know, the latter provides an upload speed equal to download. If you're really really desperate, it might be possible to find an external USB modem that supports v.92.
    - If you are using any P2P software or upload on a regular basis, consider 'throttling' your upload speed. For example, with Bittorrent I find that even with a maximum upload speed of 45k/sec at my disposal, it's best to limit uploads to 20-25k/sec. This leaves space for 'acks' to be sent back cleanly (whole other subject!) and can boost download speeds. With 56k it would require much trial and error! One way to do this is by monitoring your upload and download speeds via a graph - If it's 'spikey' it might be worth reducing your upload speed a notch or two. There's a program called Throttled that will let you customize upload speeds for any program - Getting this right is almost an art form in itself, so for it to help with a dialup connection would be worth a standing ovation! I'd say this could well be a shot in the dark.

    That's all I can think of at the moment. Even if any of the above helps, don't expect any miracles!

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