WTF Internet Service

Get a load of this kiddies, because I’ve got questions. This morning I woke to found my dial-up connection connecting at 115kbps, which, needless to say, is wrong. Not in the sense that its a glitch with my machine, trust me I checked, nor is it a cruel joke, but simply, my dial-up connection is connected at 115kbps. This problem has me stumped. I’m a technology geek and I cannot figure out what the hell is happening. The only thing I can think of is that I’ve an incredibly high rate of compression for my machine and I haven’t tweaked it. Its currently transmitting data with a 92% compression rate with no errors. Comments and questions are welcome, because even though I’m enjoying the speedy internet, this is a puzzle I cannot solve. High compression rate with no tweaks, no errors, normal phone line, 56k modem and internet speed that defies logic and reason. Hmmmm…

4 thoughts on “WTF Internet Service

  1. You’re probably not getting 115Kbps, but rather your serial port is “locked” at that rate.

    The truth of the matter is that most residential grade phone lines aren’t capable of transmitting at faster than 19.2 without corruption. The way that modems broke that barrier was via data compression and for that to work properly the modem needs to be fed data quickly so it can compress it before sending it out over the phone line. Thusly your PC is usually configured to transmit at 115Kbps to the modem itself. Depending on how the modem is configured it can report back either the data rate between it and the PC or what it’s sending over the phone line. Sounds like yours is echoing back the connection between it and the PC.

  2. It’s a miracle!  I think that Jesus realized the only way He can get some people (especially the agnostics/atheistist/damned on this blog) to have faith that He is the Savior and Light of the World is to increase the speed of your dial-up connection.  Look for an image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary somewhere around your computer, it will be proof that He (or She, I guess) was there!

    Then you can charge gullible people to see the image, or sell it on eBay, and use the money to get broadband service.

  3. Well, as first I believed it was nothing more than an echo at first, but I’ve been able to surf the web faster as well, MUCH faster and my download speeds have increased as well. I contacted verizon and they said it must have been some mistake and that they’ve been doing a lot of work in this area, well, the churches right behind my house. Their answer was that somehow I was tapped into a several lines at once. To be perfectly honest, I don’t see how its possible. I used to program and service PBXs for christ’s sake. Oh well, I suppose I’ll figure it out eventually.

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