Will high-speed dial up be good enough?
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    connies is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default Will high-speed dial up be good enough?

    Hi everyone!

    I am anxious to sign up for Time4Learning for my daughter in the fall, but I am having one major problem. DSL/Broadband is not available in my area, and it appears that the best I can do is accelerated dial-up through PeoplePC.

    Has anyone else had this experience? Will this be good enough to run these programs/videos??? I don't want my daughter spending 1/2 her day waiting on the computer.

    Thanks for any input you may have!!

    Connie

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    Quote Originally Posted by connies
    Hi everyone!

    I am anxious to sign up for Time4Learning for my daughter in the fall, but I am having one major problem. DSL/Broadband is not available in my area, and it appears that the best I can do is accelerated dial-up through PeoplePC.

    Has anyone else had this experience? Will this be good enough to run these programs/videos??? I don't want my daughter spending 1/2 her day waiting on the computer.

    Thanks for any input you may have!!

    Connie
    Hi Connie and welcome to the T4L Parent Forum!

    I feel I can answer your question since we had accelerated dial-up ourselves until just a couple of weeks ago. My son was able to do his lessons on T4L and it did work (and will work if that's all you have) BUT I will be honest, he did spend quite a bit of time waiting on the programs/videos to load and run. Your experience could be better though, depending on your internet speed, condition of your phone lines, etc. (we were told our phone lines are "old"). We now have DSL high-speed and it has made a world of difference! It has cut our time spent on the computer in half!

    Are you SURE that DSL/Broadband is not available to you? The reason I ask is because we didn't think it was available in our area either but discovered it was and had been for over a year. Do you have Embarq (formerly Sprint)...or AT&T? If you haven't already done this, go to their website (links below) type in your phone number and check for availability. The plan we signed up for with Embarq is only $24.95 a month, which is only a few dollars more than we were paying for dial-up!

    http://www.sprint.com/high-speed

    http://www.usa.att.com/dsl/index.jsp

    It seems they are expanding their service areas rapidly so hopefully, even if it's not available to you now, it will be soon. Another option to check into (although we found it to be more costly) is high-speed via satellite...HughesNet and WildBlue are a couple that come to mind.

    If accelerated dial-up is still your only option, I would recommend to sign up for T4L's 14 day trial period and give it a try at least. It's possible your results could be better than ours were and even if they aren't, T4L is such a great program I think we would have stuck with it, even if DSL had not been an option for us.

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    The speed of the lessons and activities will not be affected by your internet speed: its the loading time before each lesson that might be slow.

    To get a feel for how long it will take, try the demo lessons on the time4learning website.

    Free demos are at: http://www.time4learning.com/demos.htm
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    That is a great suggestion about the preview with the free demos John.

    Welcome to the T4L forum Connies, glad to have you

    I know that when my family first got back to Michigan from Arizona, our son had to dial up for the program, and while it's not nearly as fast as our cable connection; the accelerated dial-up was fast enough to get the job done. Once it loads you're fine. We used PeoplePC accelerated on aunt's computer as well as AOL accelerated dial-up, for our son last year, and he did his lessons fine.

    This year we patiently used TalkAmerica Turbo Boost before our high-speed connection was installed, and he was able to get the lessons. I wish your daughter much success with T4L.
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    I forgot about the free demos, great idea!

    I'm sorry, I didn't explain myself very well...our internet speed only affected the "loading" time of the lessons (like John said) NOT the lessons themselves. This caused a bit of waiting time for lessons to load but once loaded, NO PROBLEMS. This is not something we couldn't have lived with, had there been no other option.

    Just wanted to clarify, I didn't mean to discourage anyone who has accelerated dial-up.

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    You are so right about that loading time sweetpea, it was really just the waiting for the pages to load. I don't think you discouraged anyone. I suppose if we had no other choice accelerated dial-up would do, but I wouldn't trade high-speed for much of anything
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