RE: Enhanced CUseeme

Richard Collins (
Mon, 13 May 1996 23:28:28 -0230

I'd suggest looking at modem speed. Check your baud rate within the
modem or port setting in Windows. It always defaults to 57600 even
with a 28,800 modem and I had
to go and change it to 115,200. This helped a lot. I also connect to my
NT server at work running the RAS service and I had to manually set
that to 115,200 baud. This may or may not be what the ISPs are setting
their ports at. I've tested the difference between 57.6 and 115.2 and
the bit rates in a program like CUSeeme improve dramatically. I connect
at 28,800 most of the time in the evenings (both modems are VFast USRs)
and during heavy traffic times such as business hours it may be only
24000. This has some effect on the true baud rate achieved.

All the streaming products such as CUSeeme, VDO live and Streamworks seem
to profit from this extended baud rate. In Streamworks (when the sky is
clear and all the planets align just right) I can even get away with
selecting the 56k (isdn) feeds and receive a good flow.

On Sun, 12 May 1996, David I. Sommers, Ph.D. wrote:

> Richard,
> Now I am really blown away - I run 288 on a Pentium 100, 16 megs to a local
> ISP and I have NEVER gotten good video or audio with enhancd cusm. Any
> ideas welcome.
> David Sommers, Ph.D.
> ----------
> From: Richard Collins[]
> Sent: Sunday, May 12, 1996 6:04 PM
> To:
> Subject: Enhanced CUseeme
> It's time to give this program it's due. I purchased this from White
> Pine three weeks ago and have been amazed at the quality of the audio and
> video at 28,800. The default settings are just perfect with audio set to
> 8.5k mode. I've had fluid audio without breakup with persons around the
> world and I get a lot of: "Wow, you're coming in at 4fps all the time".
> I use the color of White Pine. The audio is still getting a hard time
> from a lot of people on this list but it's as near to perfect as I would
> expect on a modem.
> I run a Pentium 66 with a USR vfast modem 28,800 which connects to my
> computer on campus rather then an ISP. I run a reflector that we run a
> lot of inhouse video on and even that kind of content broadcast in color
> and 8.5k audio works great remotely.
> My only suggestion to White Pine is to take one of the ports on their
> reflector and devote it to NASA in color and 8.5 audio. This would be
> the test subject that everyone is looking for to understand the extent of
> the quality.
> White Pine has done an amazing job in developing this product and Cornell
> should also be applauded for bringing it up to this point and allowing
> White Pine to enhance it.
> Until you see the enhanced quality you may tend to blame the program for
> things more readily addressed by modem setup, internet provider or
> computer power.
> We'll be employing this program beyond the many uses we've already found
> for the free Cornell version over the past 2 years. White Pine has truly
> developed a "wicked" modem package.
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