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
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.