high speed internet not available

July 24, 2011 at 09:42:04
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8 GHZ/512 mb ram
I live in an area where only dial up is available. Will a wireless router increase my internet speed?

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July 24, 2011 at 10:37:43
No. If you mean a home wireless router.

Any home lan be it wired or wireless is almost always faster than normal ISP speeds. So changing from a wired connection to a wireless will not speed it up. May even slow it down in some cases and pose a security risk.

Yes, If you mean paying for 4g or maybe even 3g telephone data service to a special router for home use.

Is your location secret? Like a secret island?

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July 25, 2011 at 00:51:59
barbaras, I'm faced with the same sort of dilemma. Hi-speed isn't available either thru DSL or cable in my area, but it is available via satellite (too expensive for me, ~$ 300 initially and then ~$50/mo.) or cell phone (~$50/mo). Neither option's very appealing to me, but I haven't been able to locate others.
As to whether a router will speed things up ... Probably not. Without the underlying hi speed service, the router can only access the same slow connection. There're a few things you can do to maximize what you've got, but nothing helps much. BTDT.
Ed in Texas

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