What is an Init String and What Does it Mean to Me?
Modems use a string of characters called initialization strings that relay a series of commands to activate the modem. Init strings help two modems talk to each other, somewhat like a translation program. You can relate this to the difference between American English and The King's English dialects. For example, in the United States we call a large vehicle used to haul goods a "truck." In England, it is called a "lorry." If your modem and our modems are not speaking to each other in the same "dialect," you will not achieve a good, fast connection.
Where Can I Find an Init String for My Modem?
Please visit http://www.modemhelp.org, a Web site that has initialization strings for most modem manufacturers and models:
Where do I put an Init String?
- Go to Start > Settings and click Control Panel.
- Double-click the Modem Control Panel.
- Click the modem listed in the Control Panel and select Properties.
- Select the Connection tab.
- Click on the Advanced Properties button.
- In the Extra Settings field, put the init string here.
- Click OK.
- Click OK again.
- Click the Close button to exit the modem control panel.