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Broadband Internet: What Is Best for You?

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Back then, a dial-up internet connection with a maximum speed of 56 kbps was a status symbol. Although the number of online activities that can be done were quite limited, people were not complaining. Even with the advent of broadband internet openly defacing dial-up, we still see ourselves inching our way up to a fast internet service. One day, we might just be able to reach our internet speed peak, thus leaving no space for advancements and further improvements.

Under the umbrella of broadband internet, there are 4 kinds of technology that can be chosen: DSL, cable, satellite and fibre optic.

DSL

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DSL or Digital Subscriber Line is a broadband service delivered via traditional copper phone lines. Although internet connection is fed via telephone lines, what separates DSL from a dial-up connection is that it has 2 frequencies where voice and data transmission can be facilitated simultaneously. Unlike in dial-up, it is possible to make a phone call while the computer is hooked to the internet with DSL.

To have an efficient DSL service, your location should be relatively near your DSL provider’s central office. To achieve optimal speed, your location should be within at least 2 miles from your provider.

DSL technologies are split into 2 kinds: Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL). If your internet activities are limited to receiving (downloading) rather than sending (uploading) data such as web surfing, an ADSL connection is a perfect fit your needs.

ADSL connections are perfect for residential use. On the other hand, if you need an equally significant amount of bandwidth for receiving and sending data such as video conferencing, it is best to have an SDSL connection.

Cable

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If copper phone lines can deliver broadband internet, the coaxial technology that feeds data to your television set with sounds and pictures via a cable connection can do just the same. If you want a broadband cable connection at home, you do not necessarily have to be within the vicinity of the cable TV’s central office.

Probably the biggest drawback you will encounter in choosing this kind of connection is that you will be sharing the connection bandwidth among other subscribers within your geographical area. That being said, if there are more subscribers connected to the internet at a given time, internet speed will naturally slow down. Be informed about peak times so you can manage your cable internet subscription wisely.

Fibre

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If we are just talking about internet peak speeds, it has to be the fibre optic. It is the newest out of all the varieties offered by broadband service providers. Instead of sending and receiving data via traditional copper wires, fibre broadband utilises fibre optic, which are hairlike glass strands that transmit data via light pulses.

Fibre optic as a technology is not necessarily new. However in terms of the development of its infrastructures, it is still in its early stages. Should you be interested in having this kind of connection at home, inquire whether your location can be serviced with a fibre connection or not.

Satellite

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For remote regions and areas that cannot be serviced with a DSL or cable internet connection, a satellite broadband is a perfect fit. If there are terrestrial broadband technologies, there are also broadband technologies that are in space in the form of orbiting satellites. Regardless of the current weather conditions and the satellite position, the sending and receiving of data via a satellite broadband are still reliable.

Broadband internet is always about high access speeds. If you want to have an internet connection that will not disappoint you, consider a broadband connection and choose what kind of technology suits you better than grieve with a dial-up. It may cost a little more, but if you want convenience and efficiency, the choice to stand by is obvious.

Resources:

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About Alex Martin

Alex Martin is a senior writer and editor who specialises in consumer electronics and broadband service. Backed by more than 8 years experience in the Telco industry, he is up to speed with the latest innovations in digital & consumer technology. He endeavours to share his insights in ways ordinary consumers can understand.

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