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Windows 98, 433 MHz, 96MB SDRAM. Tight budget. Live in remote area. Time Warner will not serve due to low density housing, so no RoadRunner available. Been using dialup service by the Co-Op phone co. Recently they went to T-1 connection, have seen little improvement. Now they say can offer DSL to everyone by new repeater technology. Have just one phone line at present. Phone is $16.57 per month and Internet service is $15.95 for total of $32.52. They say DSL is $44.95 with free modem and free installation for the present time. If I understand this correctly, this is cheaper than adding another phone line to what I already have and with the DSL, phone and computer can be used simultaneously. Is DSL the way I should go? Where does the DSL modem install? In the computer? Just a plug-in at the wall? New interior wiring needed? Have to leave computer on all the time with DSL? Please tell me the downside, if any of DSL. Any other info? Thanks.
 

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probably a networking forum post but:

tyr this site for most of what you want to know.

if you don't want to share your tel line with internet then you'd be paying $32 + $16 for second phone = $48, so the price is a little cheaper

dsl uses part of the phone line, you probably have to install a noise filter (part of the package)

some modems are internal, most are external - plug power into the wall, plug modem line into PC (has a tel jack type of connection) through a NIC (network interface card) in the PC

then you ignore it except to look that the green lights are on, turn on or shut off your PC the way you do now

downside:
not much, you may have to fiddle with things a little bit to get it working right,
you need a firewall for protection because the connection is always on when your PC is - there's some good free ones available,
companies try to get you to install their branded software for mail and browsers which usually screws up your computer, better to just connect without it.

speeds should go up as much as 40 times faster than what you get now - makes it all worthwhile
- and most times you can network the connection to other PCs in the house with just a little hardware $$
 
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