Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dial-Up

So here we are, halfway through 2013, and you are STILL on dial-up. That's O.K. Nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing to be sorry for. I've written about dial-up internet in the past, and I'm doing it again. My "new" Dell Latitude laptop runs on dial-up. By choice. If you have just acquired a new machine, and especially if you have overwritten all of the old crap on it by re-installing the OS, you can survive and thrive via dial-up!



Older laptops still have that wonderful phone jack! My Latitude also has a USB port, in case I want to upload something via broadband. First image is a screenshot of my broadband speed:

Next here's a nifty speedtest performed on my clunky desktop running Windows Millenium Edition with an external 28.8 modem.

Last pic:  the same test on the Latitude with a built-in 56k modem (that usually registers around 42.3 up to 45.5 when connected)

There's a remarkable difference between a faster modem and faster Internet. If at all possible, become familiar with the old landline dial-up system.


There may be times where you won't be able to access your favorite broadband network. When you don't have access to DSL or broadband, my tips will make dial up faster regardless of what the modem speed is. You'll be surprised how well they work!

1. DO NOT load an anti-virus program onto your machine. You can surf safely without it, and if you need to connect via broadband or cable to upload or download, make certain you are on a trusted site and do not click on any other links. Just go where you need to go, do what you need to do, and get off.

If you don't trust yourself, go ahead and download a free anti virus or anti malware program and scan your computer at regular intervals. Scan your computer offline, either at night while you're sleeping or during the day when you're doing something else.

2. DO NOT frequently clear your browsers cache. It works very similarly to those "web accelerators" by storing essential info and graphics of pages you regularly visit.

3. BROWSER I use OffByOne to read the Drudge Report and a few other sites. It's old and doesn't work on all sites, but you'll quickly find what does work. I have an earlier version of FLOCK that is based on Firefox for everything else: I have favourited the MOBILE URLs of twitter and facebook so I can connect and interact much more quickly! I also have Chrome on board for those rare times when I use broadband - I downloaded the "offline install" version and it does not try to update itself (I also have Windows updates turned OFF).

You can adjust your browser settings so it will "ask" if you want to view videos - instead of trying to deal with any that have been programmed to "auto-play."

4. Download Dilemmas ::: If your dial-up connection speed is 33.6k or less, your landline connection could be wired to a repeater. Phone signals weaken as they travel over phone lines. A repeater will amplify a weak phone signal. Once amplified, it can be split to serve additional distant residences, especially in rural areas. This phone network architecture will decrease a dial up connection markedly lower than 56k speed.

Check the size of programs before you decide to download them via dialup. 10 megabytes is a reasonable size limit. Many excellent programs are available in small packages; you just need to lookaround.

If you really do need to download a huge file, you have options. You can go to an internet cafe or your local public library and avail yourself of the high-speed Internet services they offer. Don't forget to bring a blank CD or two! Otherwise, begin your download just before bedtime. When you wake up in the morning, your file will be there. Check if your browser supports "resume download" should there be an interruption or a line drop (less likely to happen overnight).

Are you FEARLESS? Not afraid to tinker with your OS? Or maybe you're just loading things onto a PC or laptop with a fresh OS install.

[Reference] ::: How to increase Dialup internet speed is an illustrated post appearing on hackingbaby...

More tips on boosting dial-up speed toward the bottom of the post (look for "read more").

5. Web based email is scanned for Malware free, then stored on remote computer servers. Gmail can be accessed via mobile URL, m.gmail.com - you won't have all the features, but you'll be able to send and receive mail.

6. Stay stealthy! Don't stay online if you don't need to be. Rogue "fisher" programs and bots scanning the net for open ports may try extra hard to sneak in if they detect a live connection but idle activity. Also, connecting and disconnecting will dissuade interlopers from proceeding. They'll move on in search of bigger fish.

7. Download a computer system cleaning tool - I recommend Ccleaner. It will remove temporary Internet files, tracking cookies and clean up the registry. Toni-Arts has a program that does the same thing, EZ Cleaner. Another free cleaning utility, Advanced Systemcare, will even optimize your modems TCP/IP settings. While computer cleaning tools do not remove malware or viruses, the older freeware ZoneAlarm works great turning away strangers that come knocking on the doors of your computer ports.

For those of you brave enough to participate in BLACK OPS, continue...



* HAVE PEN AND PAPER HANDY TO WRITE NUMBERS/SETTINGS DOWN PRIOR TO MAKING ANY CHANGES.

Take your time!

This is your "exit" plan if things don't work as expected! Now, go to control panel. Now open the icon named Network Connections, and select appropriate modem. Right click on it and click Properties.

Dial up connection

Methods to increase internet speed * Select General tab and set the maximum speed to 115200 and make sure you uncheck the box for Only connect at this speed. This will utilize the maximum speed of your modem. * Next move to Connection tab and set the Data Bits field to number 8, Stop Bits fields to number 1 and change the Parity setting to None. Now search for Port setting button on the same tab and set the Receive buffer slider position to High. * Close the current window and click on the Advanced button on general tab. Here set the value of Modulation type to Standard. Now check the fields named Use flow control, User error control and Compress Data and uncheck the field named Required to connect. * Make sure everything mentioned above are done and click on Apply. Click Ok and close the window. For these settings to take effect, you need to reboot your PC. After reboot process, connect to the internet with your edited settings and make a note of the connection speed. Try connecting couple of times to see if the connection speed is increasing.

For the matter of safety, note down the original settings. You can get back to this, if the new settings don’t work. If you have tried this and still you are unable to feel any difference, then have a check on the phone line and see if there is any interference. Also try connecting with different dial up numbers. Try out these simple steps and share your feedback as comments below.



The following has appeared on several online boards:

Ensure that you have the latest drivers for your modem, from the manufacturer & not Microsoft.

Here are some tweaks that will help you maximize throughput as best possible, for your 56K modem.

Please create a System Restore point before tweaking

Download Cablenut [link below] and apply the following settings:

DefaultReceiveWindow = 8192
DefaultSendWindow = 4096
DisableAddressSharing = 1
InitialLargeBufferCount = 10
InitialMediumBufferCount = 24
InitialSmallBufferCount = 32
LargeBufferSize = 4096
MaxFastTransmit = 6400
MediumBufferSize = 1504
PriorityBoost = 0
SmallBufferSize = 128
TransmitWorker = 32
FastSendDatagramThreshold = 1024
EnableFastRouteLookup = 1
EnablePMTUDiscovery = 1
IgnorePushBitOnReceives = 0
GlobalMaxTcpWindowSize = 8760
MaxFreeTcbs = 2000
MaxHashTableSize = 4096
MaxNormLookupMemory = 5000000
SackOpts = 1
SynAttackProtect = 1
Tcp1323Opts = 0
TcpLogLevel = 1
MaxDupAcks = 2
TcpMaxHalfOpen = 100
TcpMaxHalfOpenRetried = 80
TcpRecvSegmentSize = 1460
TcpSendSegmentSize = 1460
TcpTimedWaitDelay = 30
TcpUseRFC1122UrgentPointer = 0
TcpWindowSize = 8760
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server = 8
MaxConnectionsPerServer = 4
DefaultTTL = 128
DisableUserTOSSetting = 0
TcpMaxDataRetransmissions = 6
DefaultTOSValue = 92

Open your registry (start -> run -> type regedit) and change the following registry entry:

Export each registry setting before amending

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\AFD\Parameters Add the parameter BufferMultiplier and give it a value of 400 hexidecimal which will make it 1024.

Download TCPOptimizer [link below] and apply the following settings:

Under the settings tab select dial up and custom settings, in network adapter selection choose dial up adapter. Then use the following settings:

MaxMTU - 1500 TCP Receive Window - 8760 MTU Discovery - Yes Black Hole Detect - No Selective ACKs - Yes Max Dup ACKs - 2 Time to Live (TTL) - 128 TCP 1323 Options - uncheck both boxes

Other settings: Max Connections per Server - 4 Max Connections per 1.0 Server - 8

Then select Apply changes and reboot your computer.

Go to Network Connections from the Control Panel – right click on your internet connection and select properties, uninstall QoS Packet Scheduler.

Amend the following registry entries:

delete the following entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace/{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

add the following entry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\PriorityControl (if PriorityControl is not there, make the value) - on the right hand side right click and select new DWORD value, name it IrqXPriority (X = Irq assigned to your modem), then right click it and select modify and give it a decimal value of 1.

This tweak will help web pages load faster, it has no real effect on download speeds, just helps your pc look up websites faster thereby speeding up how fast the page loads and making websurfing more enjoyable.

Go to the registry entry and change the following settings: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Tcpip\ServiceProvider

Class - 1 DnsPriority - 1 HostsPriority - 1 LocalPriority - 1 NetbtPriority - 1

Download CableNut here

Download TCPOptimizer here http://www.speedguide.net/files/TCPOptimizer.exe



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