Cable in your area?
So you are
stuck with a 56k analog modem, what now?
you’re using a Winmodem on a P133 with 32 megs of RAM... buwahahahaha!
Ok, sorry. The reason we laugh hysterically is because Winmodems
are software driven modems. In other words, they use your motherboard's
CPU instead of their own chips to run, slowing your system down
and causing your games to lag. Therefore, weak machine + Winmodem
= poor gaming. So please, just steer clear of Winmodems if you
want to ever do some online gaming.
out of the way, you should check with your ISP to ask about their
dialup support. Do they support v90 (technology that digitally
encodes data downstream)? Do they have a separate 56k dial-in
number? Some people have had 33.6 modem, then bought and slapped
in a new 56k and kept dialing in to the old 33.6 number. They
never realized their ISP has different dial-in numbers for each
speed of service they offer. Also try and ask what kind of equipment
they have, and if they heard of any other problems with online
games (3Com for instance had a known problem with Quake on their
Total Control hubs). ISPs may be dodgy on this issue, but try
anyway. Now it's time to get your hands dirty…
under the hood.
play with all of this, lets start by monitoring your download
speed. You may not have noticed, but Windows ships with some monitoring
to Start menu > Accessories > System Tools and run
the System Monitor they included with windows. Choose DU Meter
(this monitors your download speeds and will show you if you’re
having improvement once you start playing with this stuff (if
you don't have this program, go Start > Settings > Control
Panel > Add/Remove Programs and add it).
out how your hardware is doing now, and make sure your modem is
a good performer. First off, you need your Primary DNS number.Start
Menu > Run, typing: winipcfg, and hitting "OK".
Then click on More Info.. and see DNS servers, write down the IP Address from this (this is your ISP's IP address).
Now go back to Start Menu > Run and type: "ping
(the DNS server IP address) –n 100". Look at the numbers
scrolling and make sure you notice two things:
- The numbers
scrolling with "ms" next to them do not vary greatly in size.
This is a sign of spiking (bad).
- That the
numbers with "ms" next to them are not higher than 100 (worse).
is not a guarantee that the problem is your modem, but it is a
strong hint; if you can’t get a decent ping even to your own machine,
it’s probably a bad modem.
to do is to check for software updates for your modem. Yup, modems,
like your other hardware devices, are also able to be updated.
A great resource for looking up your modem to see if there is
an update available is http://www.56k.com.