Modem Related Problems
By Dr. Raj Mehta
In country like ours most of us access the Internet via dial-up facility and hence are using modems and telephone lines. One of the most common problems which many users face is that modem drops carrier very often. In large part it is related to noise on the phone line and more specifically to the line pair that comes to your computer from the junction box.
If you are facing this problem there are very few things you can do to try to cure it. You might have to work with the telephone company to get it corrected.
There may be things which one can do to minimize the problem. Here we list some of the work around to this problem.
Unfortunately there is little more one can do to deal with this problem. We hope this helps to to keep the carrier a bit longer than a few minutes.
Modem is the Heart of dialup Internet functioning and therefore, one
should take extra care in selecting/procuring it and therefore not to take PRICE as the only criteria for the Selection of Modem.
A Good Modem will work efficiently, in many cases, even with the Noisy / Disturbed
Telephone Line conditions.
- If possible have no extensions to the phone line used for the modem. If it is necessary to have extension then make sure that the computer is the first connection on the phone line.
- Make sure there are no breaks and splices in the phone line coming to your computer, as they introduce line noise.
- If you have digital exchange then the problem will be to lesser extent.
- You can make following two modification in your communication software which will to large extent permit you to work around the problem even though you might not get full benefit of the speed of the modem(The following discussion is in terms of windows95 dial-up software but equally applicable to any other software):