Digital Subscriber Line: DSL Internet

Many people are confused by the terminology used to describe Internet services. Terms like “broadband,” “DSL” and “bandwidth” seem cryptic and incomprehensible if you’re not familiar with them. The meanings behind these terms are actually quite simple. With just a little study, anyone can understand them. DSL(Digital Subscriber Line)  today is one of the most commonly used internet connection.  Many DSL connections are broadband, but not all broadband is DSL. Broadband is a type of telecommunication that uses multiple data channels to send large volumes of information. Broadband Internet services such as DSL and cable are considered to be high-bandwidth connections. Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be sent along a given channel per second. DSL takes existing voice cables that connect the customer’s location to the phone company’s central office and turns them into a high-speed digital link.


DSL transfers data along unused bandwidth on ordinary telephone cable. DSL provides a much faster connection than a regular dial-up connection. DSL uses the existing 2-wire copper phone wiring and you usually don’t need another phone line. This gives you an “always-on” Internet access, yet doesn’t tie up your phone line. DSL speeds are available in a range from 144 Kbps to 1.5Mbps. This is 2.5x to 25x times faster than a standard 56Kbps dial-up modem. DSL is useful for sending bandwidth-intensive applications like streaming audio/video, video conferencing, telephone calling, application programs, online games and other high-bandwidth services. Having a broadband connection can speed your downloads significantly. Getting DSL service is one of the most economical ways to increase your Internet connection speeds.

DSL service however is not available in all areas. This is because in most cases your home or office must be within 18,000 feet of the Internet Service Providers ( ISP’ s ) central office. The farther your computer is from the central office, the slower your DSL speed will be. Getting broadband DSL Internet service can save you time and money. However, do not expect every download to happen at blinding speeds. Some DSL providers promise speeds up to 6 Mbps. But hardly do users get this high speeds. There are many factors that affect your download speeds. Many download sites limit their downloads to speeds as low as 10 Kbps. If you download frequently, get a download manager to take the best advantage of your bandwidth. Net congestion and latency can significantly affect your downloads as well as your streaming audio and video. In many cases, you will get better results from downloading music and video files to your computer to watch later.

Today, DSL is used in homes as well as small and medium-size businesses. Many internet users are opting for DSL internet over the old and slow Dial up connection. However there are other broadband options that internet users are considering over DSL internet. Satellite internet is getting popular because of the mobility it provides. Another broadband option is cable internet. Cable internet is assumed to be the fastest internet medium with very high speeds but is costly as well.

Shivanand Nabar
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