Nope, I mean I haven't taken a stopwatch to it, but it sounds about the same length.
I've used US Robotics, Actiontec, and Phoebe modems, of varying model's for each of the computers. One computer went from a Phoebe 56k, to a US Robotics 56k after a format/reinstall.
All modems have been installed with just the default factory settings.
The new box is using a US Robotics winmodem. XP didn't pick it up automatically like I was expecting (being a winmodem), so I downloaded and installed the drivers.
My laptop uses the Actiontec modem, XP doesn't pick it up either, so I have to install the drivers for it.
Both are factory default installations from the manufacturers, no extra settings, no init strings added ... just the basic installation as intended by the manufacturer via their drivers. Two different speeds, same phoneline.
Again, it's not just between the new box, and my laptop... it's between the new box, my laptop, the computer downstairs, my parents computer, my aunt & uncles computer, my grandparents computer, and a number of computers for friends that I've either built, or worked on. All while here, only connect at 28.8 ... except the new box.
Granted, I can see the difference in modem settings causing it... but why would all the other modems, including some US Robotics ones, after being installed with the manufacture's drivers only connect at 28.8. It doesn't make any sense.
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