When you say less phone line do you mean via an extension cable? You should always use the smallest extension cable you can - the less distance the signal has to travel the faster the connection. This is certainly true of broadband and I would assume the same rule applies to dial up also. As for the new modem, if they are both 56k I can't imagine there would be much difference. If you are worried about you connection speed, try updating the driver as you suggested first.