Unfortunately, I do not have access to broadband so I'm stuck in 56k dial-up land. My PC came set up with a Conexant Soft56K modem. The best connection speed I can achieve was once 26.4kbps but has recently dropped to 19.2. Most downloads clock at a whopping 1k/s or less. I know the phone lines may have a lot to do with it, but might changing to another aftermarket modem help increase my speed? What is a good brand with good performance? My PC is an e-machines: 2.20 GHz Celeron processor running XP. Thanks.