After connecting on-line, my modem takes about three minutes before it begins to transfer data at the rate that the modem is designed to deliver. I'm using a Zoom 56K PCI Data/Fax modem, but I had the same problem with a Conexant 56K PCI Data/Fax modem that came with my computer. I dumped the Conexant modem because it was also unstable. It kept knocking me off-line too many times. I have a Dial-Up Network Monitor program installed, thru which I can see the action of the modem, and it shows that there is way too much pause time before any transfers of data occur. Also, when they occur, initially, they do so at a rate in the hundreds of bps. It's only after 3+ minutes when the modem finally kicks up to the thousands of bps level and begins to fly. I have checked my DUN and modem configuration settings, and everything seems to be ok. I usually connect to the internet at a level above 45000bps. I cannot hear any noise on the telephone line, and the phone people tell me that he line is ok. What, if anything, can be done to correct this problem? Thanks.