Can anyone recommend a fast and reliable 56K V.90 MODEM? I have tried a Viking 56K and a Zoom dual mode 56K. Both were not very good.
I am thinking about a U.S.R. (not a WinModem!) Any input is greatly appreciated!
Thanks so much,
I have a Supra Express at home, it works really good and is consistant. Too bad that Diamond is the aboslute worst for customer support after the sale.
My neighbor has a Shark Leopard that is amazing. It connects at the same speeds or better as my Diamond and the DialTone software is a lot better than anything I've seen with any other modem. My next modem will be a Shark (just to get the software).
I have a USR 56k Winmodem, thought buying a more expensive modem would help my connection, speed,etc. Hah!! To be fair, my ISP told me the phone lines in the area I live in are crap, but, I get faster connection speeds with a 25 dollar 33.6 modem, than I do with a 125 dollar 56k USR
Lesson learned: Just because something cost more and has name brand doesn't always mean it's better.
PS)This darn USR Winmodem is a pain in the neck to configure, too!
It's never the modem, unless you've got incorrect drivers. It's always the phone lines. Always! Well I shouldn't say never but most of the time. It's always a factor of what condition the lines are in and how your calls are routed to the phone co. Example:
You can have brand new phone lines, however, if they have to go through miles of routers and switches before the get to your ISP's popsite then it doesn't make a difference, you're going to connect slow. Switching ISP's may work sometimes because they're Popsites may be closer. However, most of the time it does no good. The reason 33.6 modems on bad lines usually connect faster is simple. 56k modems are usually on a protocol, if all of the standards of that protocol aren't met then it's just like a 33.6 modem. Now take that regular 33.6 modem, and add in extra processing cycles for a protocol such as V.90 that isn't working because the signals are traveling too far, or are experiencing interference. What do you get? 26.4 or 28.8 connections. Try your phone company, and explain to them what you know, and ask for minimum B.S. They might be generous enough to give you a new number, that might improve your call routing.
I believe the modem does make a difference. I bought a system which came with a supposed 56k winmodem (lucent chipset) that was pure crap, would not connect to anything. I even changed ISPs thinking the protocol was not supported. Finally bought USR pci based winmodem. Installed like a dream and I now connect every time at either 50 or 53k. Sounds like I'm just lucky (ISP=ATT).
The key word is WinModem. Winmodems aren't even real modems. They're implemented with more software than hardware. They won't even work on other OS because it requires a Windows Library. You're right the modem can make a difference. However, if you're connecting at 28.8 or lower, with a 56K modem, 9 times outta ten, it's not the modem