Sunday, April 06, 2008
Getting the best value for your money can be tricky in any endeavor, that that's especially true when it comes to residential high speed Internet access. After all, there are so many different types of service that you can subscribe to and so many different technologies that they offer. In order to make sense out of all the technical details and figure out how they effect how you access the Internet, you pretty much have to be a computer professional. The trouble with that is that most of us aren't computer professionals!
Fortunately, we can look at the services that computer professionals use and go with them. There are definitely a wide variety of residential high speed Internet technologies used by computer professionals, but the technology of choice for many of them is DSL.
DSL, which stands for Digital Subscriber Line, is an always on Internet connection that's delivered over home phone lines. Unlike dial up Internet access which is supplied through the 56 kbps analog modem that's probably built into your computer, DSL Internet sends a signal that's all digital which means that it's more reliable and much faster than anything that can be achieved by a primitive analog modem! Also unlike dial up, DSL provides a connection that doesn't get in the way of the normal use of the telephone. That's because it uses frequencies that are outside of the range of those used to transmit voice over a phone line, and that offers a lot of convenience compared to dial up!
The really attractive advantages from the standpoint of professional computer users can be seen in the connection features DSL. DSL provides a much more consistent ability to access the Internet,and to upload data to the Internet, than other forms of high speed Internet access like broad band cable, satellite Internet, and municipal WiFi. Municipal WiFi and broad band cable are based on technology that shares bandwidth with other users in such a way that users can get in the way of the download speed that's available to each of them. Satellite Internet actually places quotas on how much data can be downloaded in a given amount of time and will cut you off if you exceed that. Satellite and broad band cable also have some pretty tight restrictions on the amount of data that can be uploaded back to the Internet. That's a big stumbling block for professional computer users who are contributing to online content as well as taking advantage of it, and with a future built on peer to peer applications, it will be more of a stumbling block to amateur users as well! In addition to all of those problems, both municipal WiFi and satellite Internet are subject to variations in the weather that can decrease speed or cut out the service completely!
The value of consistent reliable service to professional computer users, as well as to your household cannot be underestimated. After all, if you're paying for a high speed Internet connection, you should get what you're paying for whenever you go to use it, and that's something that DSL service can pretty much guarantee. Therefore, if you need a reliable, consistent connection to the Internet, you're needs really aren't unlike those of the professional, and when you subscribe to DSL, you're taking advantage of the same great technology that professionals use in their own homes!