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Is high-speed home Internet access available? How long does it typically take to install it after arrival?

Internet is free for USG staff in hooches and apartments (bring a wireless router in your carry on luggage in order to have access as soon as you arrive!!!) Routers can also be purchased at the ISAF bazaar. - Jun 18, 2014
Free internet piped into your room. Bring a wireless router. It's not speedy (forget Netflix) but it works. There is also MoraleNet with some wifi spots around the compound. You can sign up for that and it's free. Rooms also have VOIP with free calling to the US. Calls get dropped sometimes. Works fine most of the time. - Jul 12, 2013
Yes, but it is not good. Don't expect to stream video; and video chat is spotty. Facetime and Gmail chat work better than Skype here. The internet is also censored, so get a vpn before coming. Overall, the personal internet quality is a morale killer for me. - Mar 30, 2013
It's free to everyone here and for the most part it works really well. Now and then we have an outage but our IM folks are great about keeping it up and running. - Dec 27, 2010
Free on the compound, and crowded. Available and expensive throughout the city. Outside of Kabul, only if you're on a base. - Aug 2, 2010
Yes, but the demand for bandwidth often exceeds the capacity. And sometimes the internet goes out due to weather. - Jul 10, 2010
There is internet available, for free, at the embassy, but the service is overwhelmed and sometimes is slow or goes down...then there isn't anything that can be done except to wait it out or use the internet in the office. - Sep 7, 2009
Very good, if you live on a compound. - Mar 19, 2008