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Tl Posts:

Posted - 9/8/2001 5:44:40 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I have purchased a Zoom modem and have not actually played any games yet; however, I have found the following. I am connecting at a slightly slower speed but!!! I have went to
I have significantly lower ping times which supports the packet loss theory. I also have a faster download and upload time using their other test.
Tl Posts:

Posted - 9/9/2001 2:12:23 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I installed a zoom 2925 modem today and my problems are fixed. I connect at a slightly lower speed but my packet loss is non-existant and I my ping times are the lowest ever. Conclusion is that USR sucks! I will never buy another. Zoom's documentation is also much better then USR's. Not only is my ping time better but I also download a lot faster. Good web site to test your modem is.

They have good info. and the best test I have found on the net.

Tl Posts:

Posted - 9/22/2001 10:52:48 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Just another user here with a 3CP5610A who experiences horrible lag spikes. Problem does not exist with my USR Winmodem, but I refuse to use a Winmodem. I will probably buy a Zoom now.. stupid USR. Ive been through enough modems in my time and I figured buying A USR hardware modem would be the final solution. Boy was I wrong.

I get pitiful lag in Tribes 2, Unreal Tournament, Quake3 Arena, and others.

It seems like something that can be fixed via firmware but we all must contact USR about this.

I am very angry but also glad to find this thread. :(

Tl Posts:

Posted - 9/29/2001 10:25:12 PM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message  
I get what I consider to be good ping times with my Performance Pro - between 15 second online-game-kicking spikes that is. The 3Com 56K ISA Winmodem I had in my P2 233 gave me significantly higher ping times but I never recieved large spikes. I would have transfered that modem into this machine if my motherboard had an ISA slot, but unfortunately it doesn't.

I've tried a variety of settings to fix the spikes, limiting the connection speed, changing the port settings, all combinations of disabling x2 and v.90, disabling error correction, changing the PCI slot it is installed in, using a different motherboard, and even rewiring the line from my phone jack to the phone box outside.

I'm now considering buying a new external modem - can anyone make some suggestions? I'm looking for a modem that will offer me a rock stable connection as the first priority and secondly ping times as low as I can get them (what good is good ping if you can't stay connected?).

BTW: My ISP uses 3Com modems, so evidently the ISP hardware has nothing to do with the problem.
Edited by - TimW on 9/29/01 10:36:10 PM

Tl Posts:

Posted - 9/30/2001 8:42:46 AM  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
I don't know how helpful my advice is (as I never experienced the lag spike problem with the Perf. Pro), but my USR 5686D has been working quite well. It gets an excellent connection compared to- well, every other modem chipset/brand. You just have to have an RFI filter for it to work at night. *laugh*

A good _internal_ is the 5610. Not the A (Performance Pro), but the 5610 manufactured by 3Com. It's quite good as well.


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