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I’m normally down to 44 – 45 on a landline and dialup. I use one $10 a month isp.Reply
I use AOL 9.1 and have used AOL for years and years. Now I only pay 9.99 per month and have Mcafee Security Plus protection free from AOL to protect computer, files, email and messages so I think it’s a great deal. I have a 56K dial up modem and for the great majority of the time connect at 52K. Only very occassionaly does it drop below that as in maybe once or twice a year. But you do need to keep everything updated and current to keep your computer working correctly.Reply
hey why don’t you all get dial in free, its nation wide and doesn’t cost a dime for dial up…I use it and get the same speeds you guys do, that have dial up. Here is a website if your interested http://www.dialinfree.net/
*** ISP 1 Edit *** Dial In Free is only available in Michigan.
I use FlexNet, a Hawaii based ISP with access numbers across the United States. They are $9.95 a month and very reliable. There is a small one-time setup fee.
TotalUSA is also very good; they sell access in 3-month blocks for $23.97.Reply
I use 99yearly. They have the lowest price, the best service and the fastest acceleration. Have used them since 2003 and price has never gone up.
Website is http://www.895internet.comReply
My set up is Linux or Windows XP (I have 2 partitions), Copper.net and a USB modem. There are lots of them and they use the same chipset and range from $50 to $19. I picked mine up at a local Best Buy, for instance.
BTW, Copper.net’s best price is to pay for a full year at a time. That is $99 and works out to $8.25/month.
Here are my tips:
1) When using Adblock, block the fonts. Look for them. In the last year HTML added a feature so a website can temporarily install its favorite font. This is erased and the next time you are at the site it is pushed on you again. Adblock will stop this time waster. Arial or Tahoma is good enough.
2) Install DXPC. This is available for Windows or Linux. Linuxians can find it in their repositories: Look for it in Synaptic and click it to make it download and install. Windows users must download it and put it in their Start routines.
About 1/4 of your bandwidth is your PC acknowledging successful reception of a packet with a huge packet of checksums. But as you’re loading a specific site it is likely that a lot of them are identical. If DXPC recognizes a server with DXPC (most of them are, too) it agrees with it to tokenize the packets, in effect giving them nicknames. The amount of uploaded material drops to 1/8 or even 1/10! DXPC is freeware: http://www.vigor.nu/dxpc/
3) Have as few plug in connections as possible to the phone line. Each adds resistance and each slows it down. ☠☠☠ WARNING: The phone line can give you a 50 volt shock if someone calls you while you are touching it. Also, modifying connections on the phone lines inside a building is legal in the United States. It is a felony in Australia and I don’t know of the status elsewhere.
4) I noticed the USB plug for my modem had contact that was merely ☹K. I used a needle nose pliers to dimple it inwards and a nail file to open the mouth again. If affected the upload handshake. With more secure power the modem could send at a better volume.
As I said, a contact can be made but have enough resistance that the modem and the server agree to slow down.Reply
Your info on Toast is not correct, they are not fast AT ALL and they don’t have a service for $9.99. Since I’ve joined Toast My service has been about 4-7KBS most of the time though once in a blue moon it goes up to 20KBS, I signed up for unlimited access and not long after I joined up they put a limit of 100 hours per month on it and eliminated the accelerator feature stating that I had to spend more money to get those. At first the service was great, now they just get snippy with me and tell me I need to spend more money or suffer the consequences, then send me threatening messages when I use the hours I am allowed to use……needless to say I’m canceling my service.Reply
I’ve had earthlink for years———but they are now down to 46.9 and 50.6 if I am lucky!!!! AND——– $ 21.95 for a slow isp!!!!!!!!!!!Reply