| MultiLink is a new technology that bonds together two modems to work over two ordinary phone lines. The result? One powerful Internet connection. For instance, keep your existing 28.8K modem, add a new 56K x2 or V.90 modem to your PC, and get download speeds up to 84.8K. Better yet, two 56K modems deliver up to 112K! You will need to be using Windows 98 or Windows 95 with Dial-Up Networking version 1.3 (See the MicroSoft Dial-Up Networking Upgrade page for upgrade instructions.), or a SupraExpress or SupraSonic II modem with Shotgun[tm]. (See Diamond Multimedia's Shotgun page for more information.) You will also need to have two phonelines. Sawtooth is now offering a special rate of $29.95/month for MultiLink 2-channel accounts. |
The new ITU 56K standard is here! The new international standard for 56K modems, known as V.90, has been released. Sawtooth supports V.90 on all of its modems. Sawtooth will continue to support the 3Com(R)/U.S. Robotics(R) x2[tm] protocol on all our modems, as well as the new standard.
Owners of U.S. Robotics x2 modems can register for a FREE upgrade to the new standard now at the U.S. Robotics upgrade page, although it is not necessary to dial into Sawtooth at 56K. Some with 33.6K modems from U.S. Robotics may buy upgrades from this page. Many other 56K modem manufacturers have also offered free upgrades both for K56Flex and x2 modems. Check your manufacturer for details. (Sawtooth cannot support 56K for K56Flex modems unless they are upgraded to the new standard.)
Sawtooth maintains a user/modem ration of 8:1, so that there should never be any busy signals, and our all-digital connections ensure nearly flawless connections every call.
NOTE: x2 and V.90 products are theoretically capable of 56Kbps downloads; however, due to FCC rules which restrict power output of service providers' modems, current download speeds are limited to 53Kbps. Actual speeds may vary depending on line conditions. Speeds around 46-50K are more typical. A high-quality analog phone line and x2 compatible modem are necessary for these high speed downloads. These rates are for downloads only; upload speeds are still limited to 33.6K. Other factors may also limit your connection speed, as this CNET review explains.