For the best dial-up connection go for an external modem (hardware). I have found these give the best overall performance. Plus, it allows you to free a PCI slot. Another plus, if you are so inclined, they perform with LINUX were most winmodems won't. I like the external modems because I can eyeball my connection. Richard Innes Auckland New Zealand unclerichard@xxxxxxxxxxxx - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.