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Target Easy System Placement

It might seem odd, but you can't place your computer just anywhere in the house and expect a cheap installation. For example, when working with DSL, you need a telephone connector nearby. In older homes, the installed cabling might not work and the telephone company representative will need to provide a new telephone connection that uses category 5 cable. This means running a new cable from outside the house through one of the walls. Before you call for a DSL installation, determine whether your home has Cat 5 cable (most newer homes do) by looking at any exposed cabling you can find—look for the words "category 5" printed right on the cable. If your home has Cat 5 cable already installed, choose any location near a telephone connector for your computer.

If you don't have Cat 5 cabling available, expect to have the installer run the required cable to a new telephone connection. Place your computer near an outside wall of your home to keep costs down. In some cases, the installer can run cabling to an inside wall by running the cable through the basement or a crawlspace, but selecting this option can increase costs.

Cable and satellite broadband connections always require an outside connection unless your home contains the required cabling already. Try to choose a location for your computer near an existing connection. Again, outside walls are the best secondary choice when you know the installer will need to create a new connection.

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