"Internet Connection Options: Dial-up or Broadband Connections?"

There are basically two types of Internet connection options available, the slower speed dial-up connection and the faster broadband connection.

The speed at which you can surf the Internet depends on the type of hardware device that you use to make a connection. Even if you have a fast, latest computer, the speed at which Web pages show up is determined by the speed of your connection. There are two types of connections as describes here:

Dial-up connections

Dial-up connections are accessed through a modem using a telephone line. So, you need to dials a telephone number whenever you connect with the Internet. This type of connection is common, but the speed at which data downloads from the Internet is limited to 56KB per second. The speed of dial-up connections can diminish if the quality of the connection is poor. Dial-up connections are generally cheaper than broadband.

Using a different standard can increase connection speed over standard dial-up lines. Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) lines are an international communication standard for sending voice, video, and data over normal phone lines. ISDN lines can range between 64 to 128KB per second.

Broadband connections

Broadband connections are much faster than dial-up connections, but the extra speed usually comes at an increased cost. Broadband connections don't require you to log on to the Internet like dial-up connections. Instead, broadband connections are always on, which makes it easier to initially open your browser window.

With a broadband connection, you can simultaneously talk on the telephone while you surf the Internet. With a dial-up connection, the phone line is occupied, so you can't make a phone call while you're online.

Broadband services can be delivered over the telephone lines, by way of a private network, by way of a cable modem, or in a wireless network. There are several options for connecting at broadband speeds, including the following:

  • DSL: Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), uses 2-wire cabling telephone line that makes the Internet always on. DSL standards differ in geographical areas. Common DSL lines can download data at 1.5 to 9MB per second and upload data at 16 to 640KB per second.
  • Cable: Cable connections require special cabling routed to the home through a specialized cable modem. It uses the same cabling that cable television runs through and enables connection speeds that range from 512KB to 20 MB per second. Cable connections allow multiple users to use a larger bandwidth connection to access the Internet, but if too many users access the Internet at once, the connection speed can slow down for all users.
  • Wireless: Wireless connections require specialized hardware to connect, and you must be within the broadcast coverage area in order to connect, which is limited in some areas. The connection speed depends on the connection standard that is used. The most common standard includes 802.11b (Wi-Fi).
  • Dedicated T1/T3: T1 and T3 connections are leased lines common in businesses. A single T1 line includes 24 channels that can be configured to carry voice or data at a combine rate of 1.544 MB per second. T3 lines expand the connection to 672 channels which combine for a connection speed of 43 to 45 MB per second.
  • Satellite: Satellite connections use orbiting satellites to establish a connection and don't require cabling, but they can be disrupted by weather patterns. Satellite connection run at a speed of 492 to 512KB per second.

Of course different country offer different types of connections and not all country have all types of broadband connections. Depends to your needs, if you choose a broadband connection, you may need to pay more than other type of internet connection options available.

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