Did you know these different types of internet services?
All of us are hugely dependent on the Internet in our day to day life. Quite often, you face problems with your Internet services and want to switch to another service provider. You may or may not have too much choice there, depending upon your location. Furthermore, one internet service provider may just be as good or as bad as the other.
If you happen to be a commoner and you do not like your current provider and you are desperate to switch, you are further foxed by the terms broadband, fiber optics, cable and satellite. They add to the many problems that you are facing and render decision making a bit more cumbersome.
If you are looking at the best ways to find a dependable internet service for yourself, you may like to look at the following aspects:
Different types of Internet Services
The term “Broadband” covers cable, satellite, DSL and fiber optic services for providing Internet services to customers. In contrast to the Dial-up services which were more common earlier, broadband keeps you constantly connected.
1. DSL – DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) operates over your normal telephone lines. Out of two choices, namely, ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) and SDSL (Symmetric DSL), ADSL is cheaper with faster download speeds than upload speeds. SDSL provides about the same fast download and upload speeds. You may like to have SDSL if you often back up large files to your cloud.
DSL is an economical option with stable speeds. However, if you are located far away from the service provider’s central office, your connection may be slower and less reliable.
2. Cable broadband – This is provided by your cable television service provider through coaxial cables. This is faster than DSL, more widely available than fiber optic broadband and does not depend on your distance. However, as the available bandwidth is shared with others in your neighborhood, the speed may be rather slow, particularly during the peak hours.
3. Satellite broadband – It uses satellites to beam Internet signals to your dish. It even covers areas where DSL, cable and fiber connections are not available. However, it is a bit slower than other broadband connections.
4. Fiber optic service – The latest in Internet connectivity, it operates using light over an optical network and offers the highest speed connections. But it is available in limited areas only.
Before finalizing the Internet Service Provider for your Internet service, please also consider the availability, download and upload speeds, cost, terms of service, add-ons, special features, and reliability and customer support services by the ISP.