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DSL - Digital Subscriber Lines

By Charles Hopkins Published 01/2/2008 | Internet
The worst thing that can happen to you when you are working is a message that pops up saying your local area network cannot be found or page cannot be displayed. Today, technology has helped minimize the downtime caused by an inferior Internet connection.

From radio programs to TV shows, from video games to online gambling, from marketing to online study - the Internet has become the most indispensable tool of communication of modern day. People have used the Internet for almost every imaginable task.

Previously, there was only one way to connect to the Internet and that was through dial-up. Dial-up, as the name suggests, dials up a connection to the Internet. For dial up Internet service to work you need to have several things. A computer with an updated operating system, a dial-up modem and a active phone line. A modem or modulator/demodulator transmits signals from a telephone line to a computer. It's like a translator that translates what the telephone line says to a language a computer would understand.

Today, with recent innovations in technology people have discovered other ways of connecting to the Internet at faster speeds. Broadband is the new way to connect to the net. There are three general types of broadband connections. Cable connection, Satellite connection and DSL connection.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). DSL is the always-on-when-you-need-it type of connection. It goes through the phone just like a dial connection but the difference is that it is always connected to the Internet. It's always on because unlike a dial up it does not share the line with the phone although they go through the same cable. This is because a DSL connection separates all the digital signals of the Internet from the analog signals of the phone.

Some telephone companies offer a bundled up line. This means a regular phone line together with DSL for promotional package pricing. Some of these companies provide good quality DSL service for no more the 15 dollars a month. Amongst these major phone companies that bundle their services are Verizon, SBC, BellSouth, Earthlink and Sprint. Cable companies like Comcast and Charter Communications also offer bundled DSL service with their cable service. Satellite TV companies DirecTV and HughesNet satellites also have broadband bundled with the primary service their offer.

The package that you choose would be based on your needs and your budget. Given that you have made a good choice, it would now be time for a much-deserved broadband high-speed access.