Tuesday, May 06, 2008
No matter what you do professionally, if you're looking at getting a certain type of product or service it's a good idea to see what professionals in that industry use. After all, professionals are the ones who stake their livelihoods on the quality of the services and equipment they use, and they're the ones who are in the best position to determine what products provide the greatest reliability, functionality, and value. In the case of high speed Internet access, the technology of choice for their own homes is DSL.
DSL Service may seem like a surprising choice for professional computer users because of its reputation of being slower than broad band cable high speed Internet service. However, it's important to note that this is what the cable TV industry wants you to believe. While it is true that broad band cable high speed Internet access has a higher top end speed than DSL, that higher speed is rarely seen by most users. That's because of the how broad band cable high speed Internet works. With Internet access based on cable technology, you'll be sharing bandwidth with everyone else in your immediate area, and since you don't have any control over when they access the Internet, you really don't have any control over how fast your Internet connection will be at any given time of the day or night. This is evidenced by the fact that cable companies generally don't guarantee any specific download speed in their service agreement. Therefore, you'll probably find that unless you're the first one on your street to sign up for broad band cable or willing to surf in the middle of the night, you'll be sorely disappointed by the speeds that the service provides. Even if you are an early adopter you can count on watching your download speeds drop precipitously as your neighbors sign up as well. Because of this it's best to simply avoid broad band Internet from the beginning.
Naturally, having a consistent connection speed when getting online is useful for any professional computer user who occasionally has to do work at home, but just as important is the ability to send data out over the Internet. DSL excels at that as well! That's because the upstream speed available on a DSL connection is proportionately higher than that of broad band cable. There also isn't any limit on the amount of data that you can load onto the Internet through DSL, unlike limits placed on the amount of outgoing data possible over a cable connection.
Another good feature that DSL Internet can provide for you that's important for professionals and amateurs alike is the fact that it's accessible almost wherever you might happen to want to live. This is thanks to the fact that DSL service is delivered over conventional phone lines and that more and more areas are getting phone systems that have the capacity to provide DSL service! As a side note, unlike dial up Internet access DSL will allow you to talk on the phone at the same time that you're on the Internet. In the same way, you'll no longer have to worry about what important phone calls you might be missing while you're online. This is thanks to the fact that DSL service is delivered on a different signal frequency than normal voice communication. Just another perk that professionals can appreciate.
Getting a professional quality high speed Internet connection is easy with DSL!