Would you believe there are still places in the US that you cannot receive high-speed Internet service? Even satellite Internet service is a struggle due to various issues
Thankfully, you can still use a modem to access the Web. OH MY AT ONLY 28, 800 AGGGGGGGH! For those of you that remember a few years back people everywhere were ecstatic that dial-up speeds increased from 9600 to 14, 400 then to 28, 800 then to a whopping 56K - talk about high-speed :-) Of course, by then you had the option of selling an offspring to install an ISDN line. Believe it or not it wasn't too long ago.
I mention all of that to show how frustrating it is to have to use dial-up in the era of DSL and cable modems. It is just even more frustrating when you can only connect reliably at 28.8 because your modem doesn't smoothly shake hands with the other end. This US Robotics modem is basically throwing salt into my wounds.
To rule out the telephone line, I have tried several laptops and all have connected much faster. I'm glad dialing up is a relative thing of the past. But until the farm can get it, I'm stuck.