Will the length of my phone cord really effect my dialup internet connection?

by on April 27, 2009

Q: I currently have a dialup internet connection and a Compaq Presario 2200 laptop computer.

When I setup my computer and internet, the instructions said that the phone line should not be longer than six feet for the best internet service. This was also the instruction for high speed when I had that service.

I want to move my computer to a location in my home that would require a phone line longer than six feet. Before I move it I wanted to know if moving it with a longer phone line will effect the quality of the internet connection and if it does is there something that can be done to mitigate this.

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One Response to “Will the length of my phone cord really effect my dialup internet connection?”
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    It’s probably not worth the trouble unless you actually have serious problems. Keep in mind there is a lot of phone cord beyond the wall jack. Running through the house, out to the pole and to the phone company’s local building.

    Since you have a laptop you can easily go around the house and try plugging into some different spots if you really want to experiment and see if it really makes a difference or not.

    After you’re dialed in it should say the bits per second you’re actually connected at. A higher number is better. Based on those results you can see if moving your setup is worth the hassle.