My father has a sloow dialup connection, about 33K. His modem is connect to
the phone line via an RJ11 line about 17 ft long.
The RJ11 connection is through a circa 1950 plug type jack in the next
1: Is the length of the RJ11 line impacting connection speed?
2: Would taking a real line cord from the old block into the other bedroom
speed up his connection?
1) Probably not. But, move the computer, use a shorter line and find
2) See 1.
Your problem is probably somewhere between the house and the CO, not
between the jack and the computer.
Not to mention that 33K is probably the average connection speed for
those on dial up anyway.
Doubt that the length is a problem, based on my experience. The quality of
the connection may be. If the wires are not tightly connected at a terminal
block, it will induce static, slow a connection, or just die all together.
It can also be the quality of the lines along the way from your house to the
phone company switching station.
Or how many other things are hanging off the same line...fax, etc.
Or the quality of the connections at the external junction box...those
can oxidize very badly and cleaning them up can help.
Negotiated connection speed probably won't go up much, but you may
reduce error rate enough to see noticeable improvement in throughput.
If your ISP will allow it (and you can find one, I'm pretty sure the
3COM one I have is no longer in production) and you have two phone
lines, a dual-line sharing modem can virtually double throughput. It
can be set up to only use the second (voice) line when it is not in use
and to transparently drop back to single line if the voice line rings...
"Stuff" handing off the line within the house just isn't much of a problem
anymore. The "ringer equivalent" is often less that 0.1.
The "outside" plant of the telephone company often includes long runs of the
same pairs going off in different directions. You have NO control over
this but it is MUCH more likely to affect your service than answering
machines, extra computers, extensions, portable phones, or whatever else you
put on the line.
"Sometimes" when you have several runs from the "network interface" box one
might go bad. But usually this is a case of working or not working. The
reason is that 50' of less that perfect cable inside the house is as nothing
compared to miles of wiring outside your house (including wiring that just
runs off to nowhere.)
Can you get DSL in the area? If not then Dad's probably too
far from the C.O. for any sort of modem speed.
You could temporarily disconnect all inside wiring from
the arrestor, then run a loose piece of JKT wire from
the arrestor to the computer. Use a standard length cord
and a new jack. Eliminate most inside wiring problems.
If you see a speed increase then your in business. If not
then that's all she wrote.
I have never had a phone heavy enough to require a jack. I can lift
any phone in the house with just my hands. Where or why you have such
a heavy phone indicates to me that it's time you invest in a new
phone. They are not that costly. However, to lift the old phone, I'd
think that any common automotive jack can lift the old phone until you
can dispose of it.
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