Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetComputer Networking · 9 years ago

Which is fastest type of internet access: Dial-up, Broadband, DSL, Wi-Fi, Wireless Internet Service Provider?

It's kinda confusing for me. What are the differences??

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Dial up is the cheapest way to get Internet access, but it is very slow 56 Kbps (56 thousand bits per second) and you have to have an active telephone connection for the entire time that you are on the Internet. Dial-up cost about $10 per month.

    "Broadband" or "High Speed" Internet are loosely defined terms. Originally broadband Internet was defined as downstream speeds faster than 512 Kbps. The definitions minimum speed has been steadily going up. Currently the FCC defines Broadband as a 4 Mbps (4 million bits per second) or faster Internet connection.

    Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require fast broadband Internet connections. DSL is generally the cheapest and slowest mainstream high speed Internet type.

    WiMax, Satellite Internet and cellular mobile broadband are used in rural and remote areas where cable or DSL are not available or for users requiring mobility that are willing to pay for that privilege.

    For affordable residential broadband, you basically have two choices, DSL and Cable.

    DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to around 6 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. Newer ADSL2+ services using fiber optic cable can be as fast as 50 Mbps. These fiber services are Verizon FiOS and At&t U-Verse which can also provide VDSL television service if you want it.

    Cable Internet is a form of broadband Internet transmitted over coaxial television cables. Cable Internet speeds range from 1.5 Mbps to over 100 Mbps using newer DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The speed of the service depends on your exact area and service package that you order.

    WiFi is available from cellular Providers in 3G and 4G speeds. Either is fairly fast, but the problem is the low monthly usage limits. Video such as Netflix can consume huge amounts of bandwidth. Most cellular mobile broadband providers charge hefty overage fees when you exceed their 5 GB or less monthly limits.

    Even Cricket which advertises unlimited broadband will throttle your Internet speed to a crawl if you exceed 5 GB of bandwidth in a month. Read their Fair Usage Policy.

    Cellular mobile broadband is not intended to replace broadband DSL and Cable internet services which usually have fair usage limits of 150 to 250 GB per month. Mobile broadband is intended for travelers and business people to get on the Internet when they're away from home, it was not intended for heavy download usage.

    A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area, and what levels of service they offer in that location.

    For instance DSL Internet might be better in one city, and cable Internet options better in another. DSL is generally cheaper than cable Internet, however the cable plans are usually faster.

    If you are interested in broadband Internet then go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

    The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

    You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 100 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are extremely expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

    Choose the best one for your Internet usage and budget.

    Good Luck...

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  • Lauren
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Broadband refers to both cable and DSL. Wi-fi refers to a wireless broadband connection. Personally, I think cable is the fastest. I have used DSL before and the download time for cable is MUCH faster. The university where I work has wi-fi in some of the buildings and it can crawl depending on your connection speed.

  • 9 years ago

    *Many DSL connections are broadband, but not all broadband is DSL.

    Types of broadband Internet service:

    *satellite, *DSL and *cable.

    Slowest of all: DSL. This Connection cam be made through ordinarty phone line(less cost & reliable)

    Moderate Speed of download : Cable Internet. Connection can be made through Television cable(bit expensive)

    Good for download: Satellite internet. (More expansive of all the three)

  • 9 years ago

    Broadband & DSL are same !

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