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    Well, there is some truth to the length of a phone line thing. It IS a critical part of your connection and the longer it is the more likely it is to have some sort of flaw in it or be affected by outside interference which can greatly affect the speed and reliability of your connection. Is it the likeliest source of problems? Well no but it's easier, faster and cheaper to test than to send a tech guy to your local -whatever it's called, phone hub station thingamabob- or to your home.

    Glad things worked out for you though!

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    the problem being the location of the phone jack vs. the location of the computer. either I keep the router next to the computer or put it at the other end of the room and run a long cat5 from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerMan View Post
    the problem being the location of the phone jack vs. the location of the computer. either I keep the router next to the computer or put it at the other end of the room and run a long cat5 from there.
    I'd definitely recommend the second option, a long cat5 won't impede your connection one bit while a long phone cable possibly could. But if you got it all set up already and you're satisfied there's really no reason to change anything. And having the router close to your computer is certainly convenient.

    Having worked as tech support for a Swedish broadband company I've encountered situations where the customer's connection went from 2-3Mbit/s to 15-17, just by using a different, shorter RJ11 phone cable. But I have also talked to a bunch where it made no difference whatsoever. It's a bit tricky and it's different for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerMan View Post
    the problem being the location of the phone jack vs. the location of the computer. either I keep the router next to the computer or put it at the other end of the room and run a long cat5 from there.
    just go wireless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nosoupforyou View Post
    just go wireless?
    that would require getting a wireless card, which we are not interested in getting, yet.
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