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I have dsl by embarq and want to move my desktop pc into a room with no phone line.

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There's three options you can consider:

1) Stick with a wired connection. If you're just moving the PC to an adjacent room, you can buy a longer ethernet cable. I have a 25-foot cable myself, and you can potentially find them up to 100-foot long. Of course, this can be a trip hazard, so if you go this route, take appropriate safety precautions! This also might not be a good idea if you have pets or small children who can play with or get tangled in the wires.

2) Move to a wireless connection. This will probably be more of an investment for you. First, your desktop needs to have a some way to communicate wirelessly, which it might not have. You can figure this out by checking the Network Connections in your Control Panel. If your PC doesn't have wireless, you can buy a network card or other solution from Best Buy.

If it does, then you can move on to the wireless router. These are common, you can find them at Walmart for about $50. Once you unpack it, refer to the user guide for installation instructions. Do not move your desktop until after you have set up your wireless router. You need a wired connection for setup. Also keep in mind that wireless has a maximum range, and can be affected by signal interference and physical barriers (walls, etc).

3) Have the phone company install another port in the new room. This is probably the most expensive option by far, so I would only suggest it if the above two won't work for you for whatever reason.

Good luck!

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