Looking to change your current Internet Service Provider (ISP) or planning on upgrading can be somewhat frustrating and confusing. With several different types of Internet Connections being offered at times making the right choice can be confusing. The one sure-fire term everyone knows of is “Broadband”.
Broadband is actually a term used to cover the always-on type of internet connection which includes, DSL, Cable, Satellite and Fibre Optic. These are all high speed internet connections that are always connected to the internet. There is one other option, which funnily enough is Dial-Up internet. Yes Dial-Up connections do still exist but we will not be looking at that into great detail. So here is a look at the types of connections available and some pros and cons about each.
DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Lines. They operate over regular telephone lines and can reach up to speeds of 25Mbps (Megabits per Second) and some claiming to reach speeds of up to 100Mbps. Currently there are two types of DSL line. ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) and SDSL (Symmetric DSL). ADSL is cheaper than SDSL and it offers faster download speeds and slow upload speeds. Where-as SDSL offers faster upload speeds and slow download speeds.
DSL is most cases is much cheaper than other broadband options, and in most cases you will have several companies in your area offering it to you.
The overall speeds you get from a DSL line are very stable and consistent as you usually get a dedicated line.
The speed and quality of service are reliant on distance: The further you are away from the provider’s hub the slower and less reliable your connection will be.
Speeds from DSL lines aren’t as fast as other types of broadband currently available.
Cable broadband is in most cases offered by your television provider. It works through coaxial TV wires and provides speeds ranging from 2Mbps to over 100Mbps.
The quality and speed of your connection doesn’t rely on distance, as opposed to DSL
Cable in most cases is faster than DSL and Satellite lines and is more widely available than Satellite and Fibre Optic broadband.
In most cases you will be on a shared connection with the available bandwidth being shared out to other people in your area. So the more people using the connection means a slower experience for you.
Satellite as expected uses satellites to beam the internet feed to users with installed satellite dishes. No matter where you are it is claimed that you can get speeds of up to 15Mbps for downloading and 3Mbps for uploading
Satellite covers areas where Cable, DSL and fibre cannot.
For many people in rural areas this is the only option for broadband.
It is slower and a lot more expensive than any of the other broadband options
Fibre Optic is the latest and greatest in internet connection types. Fibre optic operates over an optical network using light. The Optic lines are made of glass and are as thin as human hair. In terms of speed it can reach up to 300Mbps download and 65Mbps upload.
Offers the fastest download and upload speeds available in comparison to DSL, Cable and Satellite
Fibre Optic is only available in limited areas
Fibre Optic is also very expensive for unlimited packages.
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