i have a winmodem. [great. hehehe.] Can some people out there give me some tips to make this sickening modem of mine work better?

Do you know some URLs, softwear, or just plain tips and tricks to get my winmodem running better?

By the way, i have this problem. My modem, when connected, after i asked my browser to load some URLs, it connects, then pauses for about 30 secs., then connects, then pauses until the page is connected. My ISP is a very good one (a 56k v.90-certified ISP.) some i'm quite damn sure its not the problem. Some help?