56k that works like Broadband
Thread poster: Gianni Pastore

Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
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English to Italian
Jul 13, 2006

Hi all
I was wondering if any of you have tried the onspeed software (www.onspeed.com), which claims to speed internet up to ten times faster for those who still have a 56k connection (and no Broadband available, so please don't ask).

As there are privacy issues involved (the pages you retrieve go thru a proxy server), I would like to know if the price paid could be worth the risk.



Ian M-H (X)
United States
Local time: 23:52
German to English
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"not anywhere near broadband quality" Jul 13, 2006

... is the verdict of PC Pro's Davey Winder. He's a specialist journalist and PC Pro is a reputable magazine. Their test found, overall, a speed increase of 1.3x (not 5x or 10x) and identified some practical weaknesses (such as it not working for secure sites using the HTTPS protocol).

You can read the whole review at
but I'm sure I'm allowed to quote briefly:

"If you're stuck on dial-up, Onspeed does deliver on its promises of making the online experience that little bit speedier, but it's clearly not anywhere near broadband quality."

The people selling Onspeed don't have a link to that review, of course, preferring a very short (favourable) quote and links to non-specialist publications such as "Practical Motor Home"icon_wink.gif

Depending on what you do with your internet connection, a 30% increase in speed could make life much more pleasant. But remember that a product like Onspeed isn't going to be able to add much speed when it comes to transmitting files that have already been compressed. That includes JPEG pictures, for example, as well as most software updates and things like virus definitions.

Whatever you decide, good luck - and let us know!

[Edited at 2006-07-13 13:15]


Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
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More promised than held Jul 13, 2006

Hi Gianni,

I downloaded and bought the Onspeed software some months ago, as I am still working with a slow internet connection and it's still unsure when we will ge a fast dsl connection.

The technical values given on the Onspeed website are interesting and surely feasible in a lab under specific conditions, but don't expect to get thos fine results in the real world. I have tried out different settings in onspeed (e.g. the better picture quality you would like, the slower connection), and the best value I got was about 2,5 times faster than without onspeed.

After having installed onspeed I also noticed problems with sending e-mails to some recipients, and after having switched off onspeed temporarily it worked wellicon_wink.gif But please don't ask me why this happens and why certain mail addresses aren't in sync with onspeed.

Conclusion: Onspeed might be a good choice for a short period of time (maybe one year or shorter) but not the non plus ultra solution. Any user will have to decide if it's worth it or not.


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Advertising... :-) Jul 13, 2006

Some years ago, I got a trial version for some months. I had then - and still have - ISDN which is already better than an analogic line.
I agree with the limitations - and the speed results - stated by Erik, but was rather satisfied. I had only problems with IE which from time to time got "frozen". The Onspeed support was very cooperative and fast, but they weren't unfortunately able to help me. They even called me by phone...
Otherwise, I would probably have bought the full version.

I have now a broadband connection and don't need it any more.

It might be a good solution, as Erik says, but don't expect too much! However, double speed seems reasonable to be obtained normally.

Good luck!

[Bearbeitet am 2006-07-13 14:48]


Derek Smith  Identity Verified
Italian to English
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Mobile connection? Jul 13, 2006

Hi Gianni
Have you considered using a mobile phone connection as an alternative to your landline? I recently got a connection with the Italian TIM costing 20 euro/month and the speed is faster than a dialup modem (I think it's around 250 kbps on UMTS). The only problem I'm having is the drain on the battery of the mobile phone I bought to hook it all up (Samsung) so I recommend buying a model that has a big battery or separate charger and USB interface ports.


Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:52
Member (2007)
English to Italian
Thank you all Jul 13, 2006

After your comments I have that "advertising stikes again" feeling creeping on my back... I think I will pass on this waiting for better times (i.e. DSL connection, maybe available in 2028 if I am lucky)

Derek, unfortunately there's also no UMTS coverage in my areaicon_frown.gif

Cheers everyone!

[Edited at 2006-07-13 20:17]


Derek Smith  Identity Verified
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UMTS is not essential Jul 15, 2006

Hi again
You could check with your local TIM dealer (or Vodafone, because they too have a similar offer), but I don't think UMTS coverage is essential for this service.
Here's a link to the TIM page that presents the deal:


Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:52
Member (2007)
English to Italian
Derek Jul 15, 2006

Thanx a lot, I am going to check the offer as soon I get rid of these super-boring software strings.
See ya!


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