Broadband Internet Types – How Broadband Signal Speeds Vary By Provider

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The connectivity speeds you get with your broadband Internet service will vary depending on the service provider you choose. That’s because not every service provider uses the same delivery method to get your service to you. As a consumer, you just want to turn on your device and experience free-flowing, fast connectivity. But you have to understand a little about what makes that possible (or impossible). Let’s examine the different types of broadband services, and think about which one will be best to meet your specific needs.

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Different Broadband Internet Types:

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

DSL uses the copper wires in a building’s existing telephone system to transmit a broadband Internet signal. Transmission speeds vary greatly with DSL, ranging from a few hundred Kbps up to dozens of Mbps. Of course, the more speed you get, the more you’re most likely paying. The iiNet ADSL2 page has more information about their current plans & offerings.

There are several DSL technologies used for transmission. They include:

  • ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line)

Mainly used in homes, this type of DSL is best for those who receive loads of data, but don’t really send that much out – like an everyday Internet surfer who likes to watch videos. In industry lingo, ADSL provides more speed in the “downstream” path than in the “upstream” path; hence the asymmetry.

  • SDSL (Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line)

Used more for business purposes, SDSL accommodates fast data exchanges in both the upstream and downstream paths. A popular application for SSL is video conference calling, where various high-load data sources are simultaneously accommodated.

  • HDSL (High Data Rate Digital Subscriber Line)

HDSL is used almost exclusively by businesses and it’s expensive. There’s also a VDSL (Very High Data Rate DSL) for entities that require huge data transference and reception on constant bases.

Cable Internet Service

Broadband Internet can also be delivered into your cable modem via the coaxial cables used to deliver cable television and telephonic services. The signal comes in through the wall via the coax lines, and then passes through the cable modem. The signal is then hardwired through to your wireless router and sent through the airwaves in your ranged domain.

Fiber Optic Broadband Internet

Using fiber optics to deliver broadband Internet services to homes and businesses is the current industry diamond. It delivers connectivity speeds far faster than DSL or cable Internet. Japan and South Korea are the 2 fastest rated countries in terms on broadband connectivity, and its because they have a very high ratio of fiber to cable/DSL service platforms. Developing a fiber optic Internet infrastructure is hugely pricey for countries. So, many countries are going to be still be at it for decades to come.

There are other types of broadband Internet services available too, but the above three are the mainstream choices by far. Remember that besides the service delivery type, your connectivity speed also will affected with the conditions and variables within the subtypes. For instance, if you’re receiving your signal via the copper lines in your home’s existing telephony system, the condition and grade-quality of that copper is very relevant to the strength of signal you receive. There is a high degree of speed variance between the different types of broadband Internet services. Do your research to find out which best suits your computing needs.


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