What is V.92?
V.92 is the dial-up modem specification that adds some convenient features and improves dialup
In order to take advantage of V.92 features your computer must have a V.92 modem installed.
Most computers purchased within the last year come with V.92 modems. Check the specifications
from your modem manufacturer. If you have a V.92 modem the performance features will
automatically work for you. The effectiveness of specific features will vary from modem to
Benefits fo V.92 modems
- Taking Phone Calls While Online
V.92 allows calls to be taken while you are on the Internet. If you are connected to the
Internet, your computer can alert you when someone is calling you. You can answer the call
and, as long as you keep the call to no longer than 4 minutes, your Internet connection
will not be dropped.
You must have Call-Waiting service from your telephone company for this to work. In order
for your computer to identify incoming calls, you must have Caller ID service. How your
computer alerts you of incoming calls depends on the model of your modem and the software
included with it. Some configuration may be required.
- Quick Connect
You are probably familiar with the "squeal, squawk, poing, poing" sounds modems make when
connecting. These sounds occur when they are running tests to determine the optimum connection
configuration. V.90 modems run these tests every time you connect. With V.92 modems, the
tests are run once and the configuration is saved. On subsequent connections the saved
configuration is used; no tests are needed. On average, the amount of time it takes to get
connected is reduced by 30 to 40 percent.
- Increased Speed
V.92 improves compression and shrinks data to a smaller size for download. Smaller size data
means less time to download. Thus, in general your download speed will increase. The most
noticeable benefit will be that Web pages will load faster.
V.92 modems can improve upload speeds as well. They have a possible maximum of 48kbps. The
maximum for V.90 is 33.6kbps. Benefits include reduced transfer time for sending large
attachments in e-mail messages, faster uploading files to an FTP site, and quicker response
in interactive applications such as online games. Also uploading information from electronic
equipment such as digital cameras will be faster.