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Old August 12th, 2002
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Unhappy how can i change my modem speed?

unfortunately i set my modem speed to less than 20k when i installed XoloX, because i have a 56k modem and i thought this is definately no high speed connection. but i'm afraid that my downloads are now extremely slow. in the preferences i only found the setting for maximum upload and download speed, but this is appropriate to the low speed connection and i can only tune it up to 48 kbytes. please help me, because i only got sexist answers in the chat forums which i thought wasn't very funny and certainly of no help.
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Old August 12th, 2002
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Your downloads are slow because your modem is slow. The only solution to that is to pay for a high bandwidth service, if available in your area. There is no setting in Xolox that will solve this. My only suggestion is to set it to MAX, that way all the bandwidth that Xolox can use will be used.

On a more picky tecnical point, your modem is not 56k - even though that is the was everyone says it - it is actually 5.6k. It is simply alot easier to say 56k instead of 5.6k. Thus, setting your speed at 20k is almost four times faster than your modem.

PS. Sorry about those loosers in the chat rooms, many of them just act nastily online because no one can tell who they really are.
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Old August 12th, 2002
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Thumbs up thanx!

oh man, it's not really good news but at least now i know.
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Old August 12th, 2002
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48KB/s is almost 10times more than 56kbps

I wouldnt recommend setting your max upload speed above 3KB/s or you'll be severely slowing your downloading.. The common setting for those on 56k is 2KB/s.

Also, you arent really on 56k. If you're in the US, the maximum possible speed is 53k, and even that is rare.. Most connections will tell you how fast you're really connected with a number such as this: Conected at 41000bps [meaning 41k].
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Old August 13th, 2002
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thanx for your advice but i am getting more and more confused now . i have a 56k modem in europe - does that make any difference now?

and i was wondering whether XoloX is talking about 20k when it asks to set the modem speed during the very first installation of the software, or is it talking about 2.0k? and the max speed for example too. is it 10 or 1.0?

i do have the feeling and experience that my modem can download up to 5 something but in XoloX it never goes above 2,5 kbps. i have tried to change the max speed while downloading but it seemed it got even slower. but don't worry, i will experiment a bit more and watch more closely.

i would like to install from anew some time though if this doesn't change. i have done before but my information was apparently kept and this question about the modem speed never came up again. is there anything i can do about that? just in case ...
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Old August 13th, 2002
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When Xolox says 10k it means 10k. If you have the newest version of Xolox you might notice that your choices for speed are: 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, 5k, 6k, 7k, 8k, 9k, 10k, 24k, 48k. As a user of a 5.6k modem you best choices are going to be 2k or 3k. Remeber that that number is half of the total Xolox plans to use. (half for uploading, half for downloading)

As dialup modems travel across telephone lines regardless of your location, a 5.6k connection is almost impossable. Due to static on the line and other such conditions such as distance the signal travels, like Gamer said a 4.1k connaction is the best you can get most of the time. The best I have ever gotten on a dialup was 4.9k, and that was really lucky.

As far as reinstalling goes, I do not belive that will help any. Just change your maximum speed.
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Old August 13th, 2002
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i think there is a little confusion here?

there are 2 terms:
KB/s (kilobytes per second) mostly expressing the 'transfer volumes" (1KB = 1024 bytes) thats what xolox says

kb or kbpps (kilobits per second) expressing the 'streaming speed" (thats what the modem says) (1kbps = 1000 bits)

there are 8 bits in 1 byte, and 1024 bytes = 1KB

So when the modem says 56Kbps... you could (in theory) have a volume download of :

56000 /8 = 7000 --> 7000 / 1024 = 6.8KB/sec

But the "quality and speed" of a modem-connection has limitations... so if you are getting 3 to 4 KB/s with a 56K modem... be happy!

(thays why users do get a "download accelerator or a "tweaker" who (sometimes) "boost" the connection up to 7, even 12KB/sec.... but is it always compatible.....

In Xolox, set your "max upload speed" to 2KB, othherwise Xolox will "eat" all the bandwith that is left (if there is)... and your browsing could become veryyyy slowww
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Old August 13th, 2002
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Browsing will become slow? I though it was from the start on 56k
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Old August 13th, 2002
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LOL....

had 56K modem till november last year... half of the time waiting for pages to load.... downloading... such a waste of time!! .. and.. a telephone/internet bill... wowww

Cable was made available... I subscribed at once

A worlds difference !!!
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Old August 13th, 2002
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Foolindream, that conversion only works some of the time. A few years back there was an "official" change of 1 kilobyte = 1024 bytes to 1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes. However, this is only used in some cases. So it may even be true that two 56k modems are actually have different maximum speeds. This is one of those stupid things that could have been left alone. Unfortunantly, you can never really tell which method is being used. Iv'e seen this used to make hard drives seem larger that they really are (and they are usually rounded anyway). Combined with the fact that modem speeds are sometimes given in bytes/second and sometimes bits/second it is really hard to tell exactly what speed your modem is. Although bytes are pretty much standard now, they weren't always 8 bits consistantly, it varied from machine to machine.

The great thing about computers is that there are so many standards to choose from.
 

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