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Shevek

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You Just Never Know
« on: September 21, 2005, 04:34:03 pm »

Last year I changed ISPs. At that time, I was told by the new ISP not to enable compression. My previous ISP had turned into the ISP From Hell and when I changed, the quality of service improved so dramatically with the new ISP that I plumb forgot to return to testing whether I could enable compression.

Last night while reading something unrelated, the proverbial light bulb clicked in my head and I recalled my lack of testing compression. Therefore I enabled software compression (hardware compression is disabled).

Today I notice a performance increase of almost double. So noticeable is the improvement that I had to check the dial-up monitor to see if I somehow connected at a higher speed.

I'm still stuck on dial-up, probably at least for another six months to a year, or more, but this impressive improvement certainly will keep a few more hairs on my head. :lol:

So the lesson for the day is if you are stuck on dial-up, you might want to check your configuration and see if you have enabled software compression. :thumbsup:

And this goes to show that regardless of how long we might have been around these computers, little things still slip by. :BangHead:

I hope this helps somebody.
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Re: You Just Never Know
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2005, 05:19:25 pm »

Far out! Glad to hear you've increased your effective bandwidth. Not surprised that it's almost double, that being the typical compression rate of Lempel-Ziv, which is the typical compression method.
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Re: You Just Never Know
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2005, 05:44:30 pm »

Yeah, the whole thing is somewhat embarrassing, which is why I added the banging head emoticon. But I also know this kind of embarassing thing happens to most of us who have been around computers a long time. I had other clues that didn't dawn on me. For example, soon after subscribing with the new ISP I noticed that emails with attachments were taking forever to send. Now, with hindsight, I know why. :mellow:

Regardless, I hope sharing my embarassment helps somebody!
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Re: You Just Never Know
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2005, 06:01:36 pm »

Of course, software compression on the connection might cause data corruption and/or connection instability, which is why the first troubleshooting step in some cases is to disable it.  Then again, software compression actually causing problems is rare, so it's usually a pointless step to try, but I have seen it fix a problem....once.
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