the best way to optimize is to use modems that are compatible to the isp server modems. Distance from the isp , central office equipmnet and phone line quality is the greatest determent to speed. Even then it is the throughput not connection speed that will get you the best response. Anotherwords, slower may be faster.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS