How To Check Your Modem Connection Speed aka Baud Rate

Method Number One

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     After clicking on any post, like this one for example, click on Respond and delete the name of the news group at the top, CMD + delete while cursor flashing on text line, and type in &rate; and that's a semi-colon at the end, then try to send and you're modem connection speed will appear on the pop-up.

Method Number Two

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     Another way is to click on Post type in &rate; and any letter in the subject area, do the send a thing. and again your modem connection speed will appear on the pop-up.

Method Number Three

     Follow these steps and click on the following in this order: Mail, Settings, Word List, then CMD + Scroll Down, Add Word and type &rate; then click on Add and remember that's a semi-colon. Then every time you go to your Word List (aka Spell Checker) at the top will be &rate; along with your modem conection speed.

Method Number Four

     If you go to this site called WebTV Browser Check and tap your Info key you'll see your modem connection speed. You can also switch users, view your cookie list and see your recents past the 12 (twelve) that WebTV allows.

Method Number Five

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     Here is perhaps the easiest way to check your connection speed and all you have to do is simply click here. This method had the potential of being a keeper.

Method Number Six

     Click on Home --->Help--->Utilities
and try these codes sending a message to yourself with you sig removed

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     If you'd like to see another way to check your baud rate and make your own baud rate check button the click here.

     One of the main reasons if not the main reason you might have a slow baud rate, connection speed, is the type of cable, inside wiring, from where the phone jack is that you use to connection your LBB from. If the cable is not what is commonly known in the trade as CAT-3 or higher then that's the reason. More than likely the inside cable is J K T or "jake" which has "no twists' while a CAT-3 and BTW CAT stands for category, and prounounced CAT three and all data wiring uses CAT five, and jkt, pronounced jay kay tee, has no pairs but is just a four wire cable consisting of green, red, yellow and black conductors. Now CAT three has four pairs (eight conductors) and has X amount of twists per inch while CAT 5 has more twists per pair and per inch. The four pair cable is standard for residential use and naturally there are CAT cables with more pairs and some have a teflon coating (fireproof) but four pair CAT is most commonly used for homes. If you connected your LBB directly from the telco's, aka phone company, demarc point you would connect in the high 40's if not the low 50's each and every time. I have been in this type of business for almost 40 years and speak with a vast amount of experiencce.

The Solution

     Have someone run a CAT-3 or CAT-5 outside type wire from the demarc, pronouned demark, and enter the house as close as possible to where your LBB is. If you have the type of LBB that works at the 56k rate you'll have the best connection possible for dial up at least.

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